It was the trump snack at the lunch table. If you found a Snack Pack, SwissMiss, or Jell-o brand chocolate pudding in your sack lunch, you knew you had top currency. You owned the lunch table and everything on it, and you could trade for anything you wanted. Of course, you’d never do that. Indulging in some chocolate pudding does not have to be a nostalgic childhood memory or a feel-good activity. We’re pleased to inform you that June 26 is National Chocolate Pudding Day, when adults and children alike can gorge themselves on spoonful after spoonful of the stuff. If the creaminess and smooth texture of pudding make you melt, you may cringe at its humble beginnings as a sometimes-savory cakey dessert.
National Chocolate Pudding Day
National Chocolate Pudding Day Origins
Pudding history begins in the 17th century, when the first recipes for pudding appear. Puddings were made much differently back then than they are today, and to be clear, we’re talking about dessert puddings, not savory puddings, which are a completely different topic. Common ingredients included butter and flour, suet, cereals, and other ingredients that, when combined, produced a more cake-like result than the puddings we know today. It’s also worth noting that they were baked, steamed, and even boiled before reaching their final form. Originally, the thickening agent that turned a pudding into a type of custard was egg, but the invention of a stable powder-form of egg-free custard mix really aided in bringing the dessert pudding into the modern day. Chocolate pudding dessert is a creamy pudding that is typically made of a combination of sugar, milk, and a thickening agent from a variety of sources. Gelatin was occasionally used, and tapioca and cornstarch are popular, as are rice puddings.
How to make chocolate pudding?
Although some puddings are prepared warm, the majority are served cold. Rice puddings are especially popular as a warm dessert, and chocolate puddings are one of the few that can be served warm or cold. National Chocolate Pudding Day honors this diverse and delectable dessert!
Chocolate pudding ingredients
- Egg Yolks: 2 Large
- Cornstarch: 2 tbsp.
- Whole Milk, Divided: 2 cup
- Sugar: 1/2 cup
- Unsweetened Cocoa Powder: 1/4 cup
- Salt: 1/4 tsp.
- Chocolate or Vanilla Extract: 2 tsp.
Chocolate pudding recipe
- Whisk the egg yolks in a medium bowl for about 60 seconds, or until light yellow and increased in volume, then whisk in the cornstarch and about 1/4 cup of the milk. Set aside once smooth and incorporated.
- In a saucepan, bring the sugar, cocoa, salt, and remaining milk to a scald over medium-high heat, or until the liquid reaches 180-190oF. This is before the mixture begins to boil, and you will notice small bubbles forming on the sides of the pan at this point.
- Remove the pan from the heat and slowly drizzle the hot cocoa into the egg cornstarch mixture, whisking constantly.
- We’re tempering the eggs so they don’t scramble.
- Return everything to the saucepan and whisk constantly over medium high heat until the pudding comes to a full boil.
- Reduce the heat to a low setting and continue whisking for a few minutes, or until the pudding has thickened.
- Take the pudding off the heat and add the chocolate or vanilla extract. Pour the pudding into a bowl and press plastic wrap directly on the surface to prevent a skin from forming.
- Refrigerate for an hour or two, or until completely chilled.
- Serve and have fun!
Activities for chocolate pudding day
- Have a special pudding night. Serve homemade chocolate pudding or pre-made pudding in a parfait cup, champagne flute, wine glass, or any other container that screams “class,” and present it to your friends. Add fruit, whipped cream, dark chocolate bits, or cinnamon sticks for extra flavor. On Chocolate Pudding Day, the last thing you want is a vanilla party. Use your imagination to spice things up a little.
- Create mud pies. All you need is chocolate pudding, Oreos, and gummy worms to make this kid-friendly treat. Arrange the crushed Oreos on top of the pudding, and push the gummy worms halfway into the “dirt” to make them appear to be emerging. You and your children will have a great time making – and eating – this fun dessert. And, for the time being, let them get a little messy – it’s just pudding, after all.
- Make a friend happy. Find a non-refrigerated chocolate pudding cup brand and leave one out for a friend or partner with a quirky note. Perhaps something along the lines of “Thank you for puddinging up with me all these years” would be appropriate. Even if it’s just “Thank you for being my friend,” it’s a simple way to surprise a friend while also celebrating Chocolate Pudding Day.
Why do we love National Chocolate Pudding Day?
It’s a refreshing summer treat. While lemonade and ice cream are frequently cited as top summer treats, why not cool off with a smooth afternoon pudding cup? Even better, freeze your pudding for a refreshing chilled dessert. Secret: Pudding companies may advise you not to freeze the cups for fear of changing the texture or flavor, but trust us when we say it’s a fun — and healthier — alternative to ice cream on hot summer days. Moreover, chocolate pudding is an easy delight, whether you stick to your favorite pudding cup brand or make your own from scratch. When finished, simply wash out your cup and recycle it, or if making your own, use the microwave and around five ingredients. You only need 10 minutes to complete this task. Cleaning up is similar to that of any other one-bowl dish.
If you have a few extra ingredients and want the creme de la creme of chocolate pudding treats, try combining them for a unique creation. Don’t throw away those last graham cracker crumbs — incorporate them! Do you need to use up the whipped cream before it goes bad? Make some chocolate pudding to accompany it.
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