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Days of the Year to Celebrate Puddings

You don’t really need a special occasion to devour mouth-watering puddings, but if you have ever wondered how widely varieties of puddings are celebrated across the world and you want to learn their historical significance, this list is for you! Who knows, maybe you’ll find your new favourite pudding from this list!

 
Sticky Toffy Pudding Day - 23rd January

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This is a massively popular steamed sponge dessert with rich toffee sauce and whipped custard cream on the top. Even though this pudding’s origin is unclear, it’s speculated its recipe was produced by Francis Coulson, the culinary legend of the 1970s.


This sticky toffy pudding is very similar to the Australian traditional sticky date pudding. In honour of this popular dessert, Australia celebrates 23rd January as the day of sticky puddings; whether it is toffy or dates! 
 

Yorkshire Pudding Day - 3rd February

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Yorkshire pudding is one of the most iconic British foods, usually served with roasted beef. This traditional pudding is celebrated across the world on 3rd February.

The first recipe of this pudding was first published in a 1737 book called The Whole Duty of a Woman. That recipe was a massive success, along with the book itself. In 1747, the recipe was slightly modified by Hannah Glasse, who renamed it “Yorkshire pudding”. This pudding got its final modification in 2008, by the Royal Society of Chemistry. 
 

Plum Pudding Day - 12th February

Plum pudding is well-known for its appearance in Charles Dicken’s classic A Christmas Carol where two verses of the Christmas carol were about this Christmas pudding! The origin of plum pudding day is unknown, but we do know it originated back in the 14th century. 

In 1714, King George I popularised this pudding and established it as a traditional part of the Christmas celebrations. Some people still use 13 ingredients to make Plum pudding, where the number 13 represents Jesus and his Apostles.
 

Vanilla Pudding Day - 22nd May

Vanilla pudding is celebrated on May 22. This medieval dessert is still quite popular across the world. It is speculated that the vanilla pudding originated in early medieval Europe. This dish was referred in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and the cookbook written by the chefs of King Richard II in the 15th century. This profound historical background surely adds to the appeal of the vanilla pudding!

 

National Crème Brûlée Day - 22nd July

22nd July is the day is to celebrate the hallmark dessert of Paris, also known as Cuisinier royal et bourgeois which was first found in Francois Massialo’s recipe book way back in 1691. The popularity of this rich custard pudding grew in the middle age and then spread across Europe.

Although French people proudly claim Crème Brûlée as their legacy, there’s another version of this pudding originated in 1879 at Trinity College, Cambridge.


Chocolate Pudding Day - 26th June

This rich chocolate custard filled pud accompanied by the luxuriant delicacy of thick chocolate cream is everyone’s favourite, for very good reason! Chocolate pudding is one of the comparatively new pudding recipes, introduced in the 17 century. 

At that time, it was the cuisine of wealthy upper-class. But now, it’s one of the most popular puddings, and available in microwave tubs at your local supermarket! 26th of June is chocolate pudding day for all the sweet-tooth out there.


Rice Pudding Day - 9th August

If you haven’t had rice pudding yet, 9th August is the day for you to try it! Rice pudding is not just delicious; it’s also nutritionally wholesome. This oriental pudding is popular across the globe. 

 
Now you know seven days of the year to celebrate seven different types of puddings. Though all of these days may not be celebrated in Australia, at least you’ve got an excuse to try these puddings!

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