National Tapioca Pudding Day is celebrated on July 15. Tapioca pudding is a sweet pudding typically made with small tapioca pearls, milk, vanilla, sugar, and eggs. It is the most popular American dish made with tapioca. For some people, tapioca pudding is a dessert their parents used to make them growing up. So, for those of you whose taste buds have already been accustomed to this tapioca dessert, National Tapioca Pudding Day is your day to make the best tapioca pudding to your liking.


The first occurrence of National Tapioca Pudding Day is unknown. Word has it that the first known reference to a National Tapioca Pudding Day was in a Texas publication “Hood County News” in 2000. However, the exact date is not mentioned. So, we can assume that the day has been celebrated for some time. And, we’re here to proclaim the merits of this sweet tapioca dish.

Tapioca is a starch extracted from the roots of the cassava plant, native to Brazil. For people living in tropical countries, tapioca is a staple food, providing an important energy source in the form of carbohydrates. In other countries, tapioca is used for thickening soups and stews and as noodles, fries, and crackers. Tapioca can come in different forms, such as flakes, sticks, and pearls. The pearls are the kind typically used to make a tapioca pudding. The larger tapioca pearls, commonly referred to as boba, can be found all over the world in a classic Taiwanese favorite, bubble tea.

In its country of origin, tapioca is prepared differently. Brazilians make tapioca flatbreads and add sweet or savory fillings to them. In the United States, tapioca pearls are probably commonly used for making tapioca pudding. Tapioca pudding has several variations, including instant tapioca pudding, dairy-free tapioca pudding, brown sugar tapioca pudding, and pumpkin spice tapioca pudding. We can see that there are many ways to experiment with tapioca pudding. So, are you prepared to experiment with tapioca pudding on this National Tapioca Pudding Day?


First Reference

The word derives from the Tupi language spoken by natives in the Northeast region of Brazil.

19th Century
The Origin of Minute Tapioca

A Boston housewife Susan Stavers serves a sailor tapioca pudding that becomes the origin of Minute Tapioca.

21st Century
The Comeback

Tapioca pudding makes a comeback in Michelin-starred restaurants.

The Nickname

“The Guardian” describes tapioca pudding as “Britain’s most hated school pudding.”


Is tapioca fruit or vegetable?

Tapioca is neither fruit nor vegetable, but a starchy substance extracted from cassava roots.

Is raw tapioca poisonous?

It is very important to prepare cassava correctly because raw cassava contains cyanide.

Which country produces the most tapioca?

Nigeria is the world’s leading producer of tapioca, and Thailand is the world’s largest exporter.


  1. Make the best version of your tapioca pudding

    It’s time for you to create your tapioca pudding masterpiece. Whether you add brown sugar or chocolate or make it dairy-free, the choice is yours. Well, except for the instant one.

  2. Spread the news

    Not everyone may know about this holiday. So, shoot some photos of your scrumptious creation and post them on your favorite social media platform so that your friends are aware of this holiday and hopefully participate. Don’t forget the hashtag #NationalTapiocaPuddingDay

  3. Share it with your real-life friends

    Well, some of us live two different lives nowadays, literally speaking. You’ve let your online friends know about the holiday. Now it’s time for you to let your offline friends taste the real-life tapioca pudding.

5 Facts About Tapioca You Need To Know

  1. It is easy to digest

    For many people, tapioca is easier to digest than flours made from grains or nuts.

  2. It can support weight gain

    People who want to gain weight quickly may benefit from consuming tapioca.

  3. It can boost energy

    The high carbohydrate content of tapioca works as an effective energy booster.

  4. It contains no saturated fat

    Tapioca contains no saturated fat, so consuming a lot of it won’t affect your health.

  5. It is a source of calcium

    Tapioca intake can replace the lost calcium in your body.


  1. It is a comfort food

    For some people, their parents often made tapioca pudding when they were kids. This holiday can recall a childhood memory of the time when you’re waiting for your parents to prepare this dessert for you to enjoy.

  2. It is fun

    Tapioca pudding is like a blank canvas which is why there is so much you can do with it. National Tapioca Pudding Day is here for you to be adventurous with your tapioca pudding.

  3. It has many benefits

    The main ingredient of tapioca pudding has many benefits. Want to gain weight quickly? Need an energy booster? Look for a food intake with no saturated fat? Tapioca got you covered.


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