November is Pudding Lovers Month! Yes, that exists and we sure are glad of it! The classic Southern dessert is marked by its creamy texture, fruity flavor, and crunchy cookie topping.
Thanks to the family-owned Virginia-grown company Rodgers Banana Pudding Fillings, who declared November to be Banana Pudding Lovers Month in 2011, Americans can have an excuse to chow down on this amazing dish all month long!
Despite banana pudding lovers only recently being given their own month, the dish itself has been around for quite some time. One of the earliest recording of a recipe for the dessert was published in 1888 in Good Housekeeping. The recipe had cooks pour custard over layers of sponge cake and banana slices.
Vanilla wafers didn’t come into the picture until Mrs. Laura Kerley contributed her recipe to the Bloomington, Illinois Pantagraph in 1921. Nabisco started printing their recipe for banana pudding on the side of their vanilla wafer boxes over 20 years later in the 1940s, and the rest was delicious history.
Looking to put a spin on this classic favorite? Try this banana pudding milkshake!
What you’ll need:
Vanilla ice cream
A box of instant banana pudding filling
A banana (of course)
Whipped cream (optional)
In a blender or in a large cup mix ¼ cup of milk with 1 ½ tablespoons of banana pudding mix. Add 1 cup of vanilla ice cream, ½ of a medium-size sliced banana, 4 Vanilla Wafer cookies. Blend until desired consistency. Top with whipped cream, a slice of banana, and some Vanilla Wafer crumbs. Enjoy!