National Vanilla Pudding Day

Vanilla pudding is a dessert that has been around since the 19th century and is loved by millions of people all over the world. Boxed vanilla pudding is an ingredient that everyone should keep in their cupboard because it can be used in so many different recipes. If you are as much of a fan of vanilla pudding as we are, then you might want to consider celebrating National Vanilla Pudding Day on May 22nd. Let us all take a few moments on that day to enjoy this simple but delicious food.

The History Of Vanilla Pudding

Unfortunately, we were unable to discover the origins of National Vanilla Pudding Day, but we were able to uncover the history of vanilla pudding. This dessert can trace its roots back to a pudding that was popular during the Middle Ages, made from rice and almonds. Although there was no vanilla at the time, this pudding had a consistency similar to the vanilla puddings that would later be made.

The earliest vanilla pudding could have been made was at the end of the 15th century when vanilla was brought back from the New World. However, since vanilla was extremely expensive at the time, it probably would have been another hundred years before people began to make vanilla puddings regularly. The vanilla pudding that would have been made at that time, however, would not resemble modern vanilla puddings but were probably more like Medieval puddings.

It would not be until 1682 that Denis Papin would create powdered gelatin, and it would not be until just before the American Civil War that people would use these powdered gelatin products to make desserts. What really revolutionized vanilla puddings, however, was the invention of instant puddings by Jell-O during the 1930s. In 1936, Jell-O introduced chocolate instant pudding made with milk. It became almost instantly popular, so the company also added other flavors to their pudding lineup, including rice, flan, tapioca, coconut, pistachio, egg custard, butterscotch, and, of course, vanilla pudding.

Observing National Vanilla Pudding Day

National Vanilla Pudding Day is a holiday that does not require a lot of commitment. All a person has to do is incorporate vanilla pudding into their diet for the day. While many people will probably avoid just making themselves a bowl of vanilla pudding from a box for dessert, at least not without adding something to it, vanilla pudding can be used in a variety of recipes.

You can either make your own vanilla pudding or make something with boxed vanilla pudding. Boxed vanilla pudding is extremely versatile and can be used to make dishes such as Cherry Almond Mousse Pie, Banana Split Icebox Cake, Budapest Rolls, Root Beer Float Pie, Eggnog Ladyfinger Cake, Fruit Salad, or No-Cook Coconut Pie. And while you’re enjoying any of these homemade delights, be sure to use the hashtag #NationalVanillaPuddingDay on your social media accounts.

When is it?
This year (2024)
May 22 Wednesday
Next year (2025)
May 22 Thursday
Last year (2023)
May 22 Monday
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