National Chocolate Pudding Day

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Get those spoons ready, because on June 26th, we're diving into the rich, creamy goodness of National Chocolate Pudding Day! It’s a day that comforts the sweet-toothed and honors the smooth, velvety dessert that has wooed generations, one spoonful at a time.

When is Chocolate Pudding Day?

It's national chocolate pudding day on the 26th June.

History of National Chocolate Pudding Day

Chocolate pudding has had a spoon in its pot since the 19th century. However, historians don't attribute the creation of a specific 'National Chocolate Pudding Day'. Much like the mysterious origins of the irresistible dessert itself, this special day just seemed to 'set' in the calendars! During our rigorous online sifting, we detected 3286 online mentions of the day. In a delectable outpouring of cocoa love, the highest number of those mentions occurred on June 26, 2016.

It's Pudding Time!

National Chocolate Pudding Day invites everyone to indulge in the sweet pudding pleasures, whether you're a fan of the traditional recipe or you lean towards its snazzier cousin, the chocolate mousse. It’s an excuse to try those recipes you’ve been eyeing, like a chocolate pudding pie or maybe a bread pudding smothered in chocolate sauce. Heck, you could even re-create that famous scene from 'The Help', but let's keep it fun and friendly, shall we?

Getting in the Mix of Things

No matter how you choose to celebrate, just make sure you're celebrating. Big shops or small shops, dark chocolate or white, this day is about breaking boundaries and going with your gut - quite literally! So don your aprons, prepare your taste buds and get ready to celebrate!

History behind the term 'Chocolate Pudding'

18th century

The Origins of Chocolate Pudding

In the 18th century, the term 'chocolate pudding' originated as a way to describe a British dessert made with cocoa powder, sugar, and milk. This early version of chocolate pudding was often boiled or steamed, resulting in a smooth and creamy texture. It quickly became popular as a delicious treat among the upper class.


The Invention of Instant Chocolate Pudding

In 1845, the Swiss-born confectioner, Daniel Peter, invented milk chocolate, which soon gained popularity worldwide. This innovation eventually led to the creation of instant chocolate pudding. The invention of instant chocolate pudding allowed for quick and easy preparation, making it accessible to a wider audience. It became a household staple and a favorite dessert in many American homes.


The Rise of Chocolate Pudding in America

In 1904, the St. Louis World's Fair introduced chocolate pudding to a broad American audience. The combination of its velvety texture and rich chocolate flavor made it an instant hit. The convenience of pre-packaged, ready-to-eat chocolate pudding cups further increased its popularity, making it a beloved treat for both children and adults alike.


The First Homemade Chocolate Pudding Recipe

In 1926, the first homemade chocolate pudding recipe appeared in a cookbook called 'The Modern Method of Preparing Food by the Use of Gas.' This cookbook introduced the idea of making chocolate pudding from scratch with ingredients like cocoa powder, milk, sugar, and cornstarch. This homemade version allowed for customization and experimentation, leading to numerous variations and adaptations of the classic dessert.


The Introduction of Jell-O Chocolate Pudding Mix

In 1951, Jell-O introduced its instant chocolate pudding mix, forever changing the way Americans made chocolate pudding at home. The mix provided a convenient and foolproof way to prepare the dessert, requiring only the addition of milk and a few minutes of stirring. This innovation revolutionized the dessert landscape, solidifying chocolate pudding as a quick and easy treat for families around the country.

Present Day

Chocolate Pudding's Enduring Popularity

Today, chocolate pudding continues to be enjoyed worldwide in various forms and flavors. From traditional recipes passed down through generations to modern interpretations infused with unique ingredients like chili, caramel, or even avocado, chocolate pudding remains a beloved dessert that brings comfort and delight to people of all ages.

Did you know?

Did you know that the first instant chocolate pudding mix was developed by Alfred Bird in 1837 because his wife was allergic to eggs, the key ingredient used to thicken custard? Talk about a sweet solution!


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First identified

14th April 2015

Most mentioned on

26th June 2016

Total mentions


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