This National Vanilla Pudding Day, on May 22, satisfy your sweet tooth by celebrating your love for vanilla puddings. Yes, forget any diet you are on and get ready to eat this scrumptious dessert.
History of National Vanilla Pudding Day
National Vanilla Pudding Day is celebrated every year to highlight the easy-to-bake and delicious dessert that is consumed by almost every household in the United States. While the origins of the day are not clear, the history of puddings itself is a long and interesting one. Did you know, puddings were not always a dessert but were in fact a sausage-like meat dish? This dish was common in the Middle Ages and the traditional pudding has evolved a great deal over time.
The original ingredients included milk, sugar, and fish or meat. Of course, we have come a long way since then and the thought of consuming a meat-based pudding is off-putting on its own. From the meat pudding, this dish became a dessert and then further transformed into a jelly-based dish known as Jell-O. From thereon, different flavors of puddings were introduced including chocolate, vanilla, butterscotch, and caramel. Due to globalization, it is quite easy to come across a range of flavors including lemon pudding, orange pudding, coffee pudding, etc. There are also numerous variations of the original pudding including bread pudding, flan, creme brûlée, rice pudding, and Christmas pudding. Some pudding recipes also include fruit.
Since most versions of puddings are easy to make, a packaged version of puddings was introduced in the U.S. in 1918. Instant puddings, on the other hand, only entered the market during the mid-1940s.
National Vanilla Pudding Day timeline
English puddings are meat-based.
Puddings are mentioned in a cookbook by chefs of Richard II.
Sweet puddings with flour, nuts, and sugar are introduced.
Cornstarch and arrowroot are added to puddings.
National Vanilla Pudding Day FAQs
Is pudding healthier than ice cream?
Though the calorie count is nearly the same, ice cream is higher in fat, carbohydrates, and sugar.
What can be substituted for milk in puddings?
Milk can be replaced with almond milk or coconut milk.
How do you dress up vanilla pudding?
Simply add whipped cream, ice cream, or nuts.
How to Celebrate National Vanilla Pudding Day
Have a baking competition
Host a baking competition in your backyard and ask people to bake their own versions of vanilla pudding. The one with the best recipe will win the contest! What do you get out of it? You can judge the competition and have as much pudding as you want.
Go on a pudding spree
Grab a few pals and try out vanilla puddings of different eateries in your area. After you’re done, write a blog ranking the best and worst pudding you had.
Have a baking session with your kids
Not only will you get to eat some yummy pudding, but you will also get to spend some quality time with your kids.
5 Fun Facts About Puddings
Only for the wealthy
Puddings were only for the elite in Europe during the Middle Ages.
The famous one
Jell-O is the most popular pudding in the U.S.
The most common
Chocolate pudding wins the prize for being the most common pudding.
World’s most expensive pudding
It is served at the Fortress hotel in Sri Lanka for $14,500.
The word ‘pudding’ came from the French ‘boudin,’ which means sausage.
Why Puddings are Important
Puddings are full of nutrition
While puddings aren’t so low in calories, they are also high in nutrients such as calcium, minerals, vitamins, and protein.
Puddings feel light
While a cake slice might make you feel full, a pudding will deliver the sweet taste you were craving without feeling heavy on the stomach.
They are delicious and easy to bake
All you need is some sugar, milk, egg yolk, vanilla extract, butter, and voila! You can sit back, relax and satisfy your sweet tooth.
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