The 26th of June is Chocolate Pudding Day.
This celebrates the dessert calling chocolate pudding. In the U.S. and Canada, chocolate pudding is a chocolate-flavoured, light-tasting custard.
It is typically enjoyed on its own, but can also be used as a filling in a layer cake, pie or tarts.
Today, you get to enjoy it at breakfast, lunch and dinner if you want.
In Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, etc., chocolate pudding is more likely to be interpreted as a cake-like saucey dessert (a moist, self-saucing cake), served warm, typically with ice cream, a vanilla custard sauce, or thick spooning double cream. This is just as good as the North American version!
A chocolate rice pudding or chocolate tapioca could also count for today!
Activities for today
- try making some chocolate pudding from scratch;
- make from a store-bought chocolate pudding mix;
- if you are doing homemade, try jazzing it up maybe with some ginger, or some chile flakes, or a dash of booze such as Frangelico, Kahlua or whisky;
- garnish with fresh fruit such as raspberries;
- try a steamed or self-saucing chocolate pudding;
- if all else fails, grab a chocolate pudding cup from the company cafeteria at lunch time today!
The earliest print mention of a ‘Chocolate Pudding Day’ in June that CooksInfo is aware of dates from 1997:
“I got this calendar off of the Internet, it’s 365 reasons to party. Not that I need a reason, but it is an interesting calendar. A couple days really caught my eye. For example, June 20th is National Ice Cream Soda Day, June 22 is National Chocolate Eclair Day, June 26 is National Chocolate Pudding Day…” Pittman, Byron. Something Different. Eldon, Missouri: Eldon Advertiser. Thursday, 19 June 1997. Page B3, col. 4.
National Chocolate Pudding Day 2015. Food Channel. 25 June 2015. Accessed May 2021 at https://foodchannel.com/2015/national-chocolate-pudding-day-2015
Nongrum, Diane. National Chocolate Pudding Day 2020: All About The Chocolate Pudding And How to Make it at Home. India.com. 26 June 2020. Accessed May 2021 at https://www.india.com/festivals-events/national-chocolate-pudding-day-2020-all-about-the-chocolate-pudding-and-how-to-make-it-at-home-4068482/
Straight to the sauce: it’s Chocolate Pudding Day! Sidney, Australia: Special Broadcasting Service. Blog entry. 25 June 2018. Accessed May 2021 at https://www.sbs.com.au/food/blog/2018/06/25/straight-sauce-its-chocolate-pudding-day