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National Chocolate Custard Day – May 3, 2024

A very delicious day, National Chocolate Custard Day takes place on May 3. Custards are one of the most versatile desserts you’ll ever find, and they are the perfect way to satisfy a craving for something sweet. Some people call this dessert chocolate pudding, but whatever the name may be, it does not take away from the tastiness of this dish. Custards have been around since the Middle Ages, and have satiated many a sweet tooth ever since. While the most common custards are plain or vanilla-flavored, chocolate custard provides an even more delicious take on the tradition.

History of National Chocolate Custard Day

Chocolate custards are made with chocolate and the usual custard mix of sugar, milk, and eggs, creating a mouthwatering symphony. Falling under the general classification of chocolate pudding, custards can be made into a harder texture with starch or baked into a cake.

Historically, custards have been around since the Middle Ages and were baked as pastries that we now know as custard tarts. That was when the name custard came to be. It got its name from the French word ‘croustade,’ which originally referred to the crust of a tart. Custard got a mention in ‘The Forme of Cury,’ a large collection of Medieval English recipes compiled in the 14th century.

These ‘custards’ were rather unlike those we think of today. They often included solid ingredients like meat, fish, or fruit.

Although there is no clear history of when the chocolate custard tradition began, chocolate pudding has been around since the 1800s. Around the late 19th century, it was decided that chocolate pudding was a great meal for invalids and children. It was also seen as a scrumptious dessert for everybody

A recipe for an early version of chocolate custard dates back to a 1918 cookbook by Fannie Farmer.  In 1934, chocolate pudding was introduced to consumers by General Foods. It was initially called Walter Baker’s Dessert, and its name was later changed in 1936 to Pickle’s Pudding.

There is no known history of National Chocolate Custard Day, but it is celebrated annually on May 6.


National Chocolate Custard Day timeline

Custards Become Popular

Custards are common in the Middle Ages, popularly known as custard tarts or crust of tarts.

Recipes are Written Down

Custard recipes are found in the 14th century English collection of recipes called ‘The Forme of Cury.’

Chocolate Pudding Becomes a Well-Loved Meal

Chocolate pudding is popular in the 1800s as a meal for invalids, children, and as a dessert.

The Ready-Made Version is Invented

General Foods introduces the first chocolate pudding mix.

National Chocolate Custard Day FAQs

What is chocolate custard made from?

Chocolate custard is technically made with milk or cream, egg yolks, sugar, and, of course, chocolate. It can be cooked on the stove or in a microwave.

What is the difference between custard and pudding?

Custard and pudding both use eggs, but while puddings rely on starch for thickening, the eggs are the thickening agent in custard.

What happens if you overcook custard?

The proteins will join together more tightly, becoming thicker and curdling. 

National Chocolate Custard Day Activities

  1. Eat chocolate custard

    Don’t let the day pass you by without trying an amazing chocolate custard recipe. There are several ways to enjoy the dessert, so today make sure you pick a chocolate custard dish to satisfy your taste buds.

  2. Prepare home-made custard

    There are numerous custard recipes at our disposal, thanks to the internet. It is typically made by blending eggs with milk or cream and heating the mixture either on the stove or in the oven. However, it is versatile enough to be made into a Crème brûlée, the filling of a pie or a tart, or even a parfait.

  3. Order some chocolate custard

    Not a great baker? That’s okay. You can order any chocolate custard dessert from a bakery near you to enjoy. All that matters is you actually eat some chocolate custard, and don’t forget to involve your friends and family in the fun.

5 Tasty Facts About Custard

  1. It’s explosive

    Being a finely ground, organic powder, custard can make a big bang if used correctly by a prankster.

  2. Its consistency varies

    Custard can be a thin sauce or a thick cream — it all depends on how it’s made.

  3. It’s not just used for sweets

    Custard isn’t just a sweet treat — it can also be used in savory foods like quiches to bring out various flavors.

  4. It can be boiled

    Boiled custard is sometimes used in desserts like rice pudding or trifle.

  5. It can be frozen

    Frozen custard is similar to ice cream but denser and less creamy.

Why We Love National Chocolate Custard Day

  1. It’s an opportunity to try new recipes

    The versatility of chocolate custard gives us many recipes to try out today. You can excite your palate with something new and different by trying out one of the many ways to have chocolate custard.

  2. It’s a tasty day

    Who doesn’t love a day dedicated to satisfying our sweet tooth? National Chocolate Custard Day is a day to celebrate the tasty dish and it gives us an opportunity to have as much as we can with no judgment.

  3. It’s a chance to work on your cooking skills

    One of the most interesting ways to celebrate National Chocolate Custard Day is to make some yourself. This gives us the chance to sharpen our cooking skills, and add more recipes to our repertoire.

National Chocolate Custard Day dates

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