National Tapioca Pudding Day

National Tapioca Pudding Day is a holiday that falls on July 15th and celebrates a pudding dish that’s been enjoyed by millions all over the world. Of course, tapioca is a pudding that’s somewhat divisive. Some people absolutely love this dish, especially when it’s well-made, and others wouldn’t want to eat it if it were the last type of dessert on the planet. So, if you’re a pro-tapioca fan, then go ahead and enjoy this holiday with your friends and family, but do keep in mind that it might not be for everyone.

The History of Tapioca Pudding

Tapioca has been used by natives in South America for hundreds of years. They used it as a thickener for a variety of different soups. Sometime during the 19th century, it became a popular dish to make in England, and in the U.S., by 1861, the recipe for it appeared in Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management. In 1894, in Boston, the Minute Tapioca Company was formed. They made a more convenient form of tapioca that cooked faster than the traditional pearl tapioca. This only helped the popularity of the pudding.

Interesting Facts About Tapioca

If you’re not really familiar with tapioca but we’ve piqued your curiosity, then you might want to read the following fun facts. During the course of our research for this holiday, we came across some fascinating facts about tapioca. Facts that we’re more than happy to now share.

  • Tapioca comes from the South American Tupi language word ‘Tipi’oka.’
  • In the U.S., tapioca is made into a dessert with milk and sugar.
  • In the Tropics, tapioca is made into a dessert using fruit juice or fresh fruit.
  • Tapioca is a popular substitution for wheat flour in India, South America, and the West Indies.
  • Tapioca is a cholesterol-free food.
  • Tapioca is easier to digest than grain or nut flours, hence its reputation as a food for people with sensitive stomachs.
  • Tapioca is more allergy-friendly than other flours. It’s gluten, nut, and grain-free.
  • Tapioca can be used to help people gain weight safely if added to the diet regularly.

Observing National Tapioca Pudding Day

Anyone who thinks that they have to just eat tapioca pudding on National Tapioca Day doesn’t know a whole lot about how it can be used. There is an almost limitless number of recipes that use tapioca pudding, so all you have to do is choose some of the ones that you like the best. While you’re observing this holiday, be sure to use the hashtag #NationalTapiocaPuddingDay on social media to encourage other people to celebrate it as well.

When is it?
This year (2024)
July 15 Monday
Next year (2025)
July 15 Tuesday
Last year (2023)
July 15 Saturday
Food & Drinks