Depending on where you are from, the way you think about pudding could be entirely different from someone else. Pudding is subject to variations of taste and texture based on how it is prepared. And, though it has evolved over time, it has held its reputation as a desirable dish for all ages!
According to foodtimeline.org, the very first inspiration for modern-day pudding comes from medieval times, when there were only two varieties: black and white. Black pudding was made with blood sausage, while white was made primarily with the animal’s stomach lining. Hungry yet?
In the 17th century, Britain kept this savory variety in addition to a sweeter version containing flour, sugar, and nuts. By boiling these ingredients, the substance began to develop a more custard-like consistency. With Alfred Bird’s invention of egg-free powder in the 19th century, the United States created a concoction that was both creamier and sweeter.
Though this smooth and sugary style of pudding is similar to American’s idea of pudding today, it is certainly not marketed in the same way. Believe it or not, the mixture was once considered to be a healthy food item, and was aimed primarily at satisfying the tastes of children.
This dessert is not just for kids, however. When served in a pretty bowl, or as a parfait, pudding makes for an elegant dessert. June 26th (2013) is National Chocolate Pudding Day, so why not celebrate by making this Tofu Chocolate Budino Pudding—an interesting twist on the traditional treat! Or check out any of the other chocolate pudding recipes in our selections below.