Praise for Pudding

Pudding. Yep pudding. NOT bread pudding, or rice pudding, or English toffee pudding, or some other elaborate dish that uses the term “pudding” but does not come from a “Jello” branded box. Just plain old pudding. The kind we ALL know and used to love. The kind that is now neglected by us in favor of more “grown up” treats.

A humble bowl of banana pudding. Behind it is the mixing bowl where this simple delicacy was born. Of course the mixing bowl had to be licked clean; everyone knows that is the best tasting part of the whole batch.

Whenever I excitedly bring it up, people look at me like I am  a child eagerly waiting for snack time. But pudding truly is an underrated bowl of gloopy goodness. Yes, it may not have the sophistication of a creme brulee and a “cup of dirt” may never make it on “Ruth’s Chris Steak House’s” menu.

However, pudding really is a comfort food that deserves some proper recognition. This simple dish should be respected for the amazing food that it is. Instead, pudding is exiled to the world of preschool snacks and hospital desserts. Pudding is stuck as stereotypical cafeteria food.

Pudding has such a wide appeal. There is no reason to not like it…it comes in all flavors. Plus it can be made sugar-free, fat-free, lactose-free, nut-free,  etc.  You can buy it pre-made in convenient “snack-packs.” You can top it with awesome things like cookies, whip cream, or even fruit. Hell, you don’t even need teeth to eat the stuff.  Pudding is practically a perfect food.

Pudding is perfect...the only thing anyone can complain about pudding is how small the freaking snack cups are (or maybe I just have massive hands...)

Pudding is one of those foods that we all grow up with. As kids we love the stuff, it is our crack. We would do anything for the gloop. Pudding  being promised at the end of the meal was probably the only reason half of us ever ate a vegetable when young. I just wonder when in our lives do we all become snobbish adults who look down upon the beautiful simplicity that is pudding? Often times the simplest foods are the best.

So I say tonight, grab a bowl of this satisfying sludge, and toast to enjoying your favorite childhood snacks. Maybe tomorrow when packing your bags for work, you will get the nerves to bring along some cheese and cracker “Handi-Snacks,”  a few pouches of  “Gushers,” and a pudding cup or two.


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13 Comments on “Praise for Pudding”

  1. April 12, 2012 at 9:07 am #

    Nostalgia…I remember when my grandpa (yep he was the dessert guy in our family) used to make us the kind of pudding you had to cook then chill. The anticipation was excruciating but sooo worth it!

    • April 12, 2012 at 9:17 am #

      ahhh, the “cook and serve” type of pudding is definitely the best. The smell of slow cooking pudding is amazing. And having to wait a few hours as the goodness cooled down would drive me crazy.

      But now I am too lazy, and convenience trumps the luxury of home cooked pudding.

  2. April 12, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

    Pudding is fantastic stuff, especially if it’s chocolate 😀

    • April 12, 2012 at 4:55 pm #

      Yep chocolate is the best (sometimes with a little peppermint extract added is nice too)…just made a batch of butterscotch flavor pudding. It sucks compared to chocolate or any of the other flavors I have tried.

      • April 13, 2012 at 5:26 pm #

        I’ve never thought about adding peppermint. You’re a genius!

      • April 13, 2012 at 9:36 pm #

        Actually, I have added a lot of random flavor extracts to pudding. Peppermint being added to the pudding was the best so far, but maple added to vanilla was decent too.

  3. April 14, 2012 at 8:02 pm #

    Lemon pudding + Nilla wafers = delicious dessert in no time!

    • April 14, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

      Ok. Heather, I am making lemon pudding tomorrow.


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