NATIONAL VANILLA PUDDING DAY | MAY 22
May 22nd is the day we recognize National Vanilla Pudding Day. Enjoy it with a delicious dish of cold, creamy vanilla pudding.
The puddings we enjoy as desserts today are not what was commonly known as pudding at ancient dinner tables. Most medieval puddings were meat-based and seasoned with herbs and spices. Even sweetened cooks usually served them hot. Toward the end of the 18th century, people more than likely made puddings from grains or day-old bread with nuts, fruit, or meats. They used these puddings to stretch meals for a large family.
The creamy pudding we are more familiar with today is related to the custard, minus the eggs.
Necessity may be the mother of invention, but spouses who are chemists are the inventors. When you are Alfred Bird and your wife is allergic to eggs, that is very true. In 1837, Bird invented an egg-free custard powder using flavored cornstarch.
My-T-Fine produced the earliest packaged pudding in the United States in 1918. This and other puddings like them still required cooking on the stove. The instant version came along in the mid-1940s. On its own or as an ingredient in a larger recipe, pudding can be enjoyed in various flavors.
HOW TO OBSERVE Vanilla Pudding Day
You can celebrate by enjoying vanilla pudding on its own or making another dessert. A few suggestions include:
- Layer fresh fruit and pound cake to make a trifle.
- Poke holes in a cake and pour the pudding over the top to make a poke cake.
- Use vanilla pudding to make a parfait.
- Make a pudding pie.
We even have a few recipes for you to try.
What are your favorite ways to use vanilla pudding? Share your recipes using #VanillaPuddingDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL VANILLA PUDDING DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this dessert holiday.