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Happy Wednesday – Today is ‘National Vanilla Pudding Day’!

Ancient Roman cooks were the first to use eggs in conjunction with sugar and milk to produce a thick, saucy confection. The English adopted the recipe and referred to it as custard. In the 1840s, English custard began to be served in the United States as vanilla pudding.

When British chemist, Alfred Bird, developed a way to use cornstarch for a custard powder food companies picked up on it and began marketing vanilla pudding as a quick inexpensive dessert – the basic recipe for vanilla pudding has remained virtually unchanged since that time.