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Big Black Dog: Who doesn't like Chocolate Pudding?

June 30, 2009

Who doesn't like Chocolate Pudding?



History of Jell-O; In 1845, industrialist Peter Cooper (who built the first American steam-powered locomotive, the Tom Thumb), obtained a patent (US Patent 4084) for powdered gelatin

Forty years later the patent was sold to a LeRoy, New York-based carpenter and cough syrup manufacturer, Pearle B. Wait. In 1897, Pearl and his wife, May, developed a packaged gelatin dessert and named the product Jell-O. Unfortunately Mr. Wait was never able to successfully market his product and in 1899 the Waits sold the business to a neighbor, Orator Francis Woodward, for $450.

In 1902 Mr. Woodward began an advertising campaign "America's Most Favorite Dessert" and the product took off. The Jell-O factory began as the Genesee Pure Foods Company and occupied a factory on North Street in Leroy from the 1910s until 1964.


Remember the Bill Cosby Jell-O Pudding Commercials? So cute!





I have a very personal and proud connection to Leroy, NY because my family founded this area. Between 1800-1820 I have 7 families, Stanard, House, Parmelee, Gordon, Gibbs, Rapp and Warner that migrated from MA to the Leroy, NY area. From Leroy, Genesee Co., NY my families again migrated, this time to MI and founded Flint, Genesee Co., MI. I am still in awe at the guts and determination of my grandparents that would travel to unknown, unsettled areas, clear the land, build a house, start businesses and raise their families...incredibly amazing people!

And not only do I have a personal connection to the hometown of Jell-O, I have to admit I was a closet Jell-O fan for years. And still Mr. Tastebud's would eat the flavored gelatin every day if he could! But Jell-O always makes me smile and brings back a flood of memories of fun times and family pot luck dinners.

But my tastes have changed and I now make puddings from scratch. Pudding is quick, easy and my favorite fallback dessert. And as soon as I make it, I help myself to a warm bowl of goodness.



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Chocolate Pudding 101
Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart

6 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder (I use 2 rounded TBL cocoa powder)
Pinch of salt
2 1/4 cups heavy cream
1 1/4 cups milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
6 ounces best-quality semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

In a medium saucepan, whisk together sugar, cornstarch, cocoa, and salt. In a 4-cup measuring cup, combine 1 1/4 cups cream with milk and vanilla. Whisk 1 cup cream mixture into dry ingredients until cornstarch is completely dissolved. Whisk in remaining cream mixture until smooth.

Place saucepan over medium heat. Cook, whisking constantly, until mixture comes to a boil and thickens, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add chocolate, and cook, whisking until chocolate is melted, about 1 minute. Remove from heat, and whisk in butter until melted. Using a 3-ounce ladle, pour pudding into six dessert cups. Refrigerate until completely set, about 1 hour.

Whip remaining cup of cream to soft peaks, and serve with pudding.



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15 Comments:

Blogger Ria said...

CAN I GRAB A BOWL AND RUN AWAY??????? they look so mighty delicious!!!

June 30, 2009 at 10:03 AM  
Anonymous Knittykim said...

chocolate pudding is NOT something i should be reading about at work at 11 am! HUNGRY now. Interesting about Jell-O and it's origins.

June 30, 2009 at 10:11 AM  
Blogger Elle said...

Oh, you make it look so good! Love the heap of cream and berries on top. And very cool about your family history! I admire all the brave people that set out into unsettled territories and started fresh, too.

June 30, 2009 at 10:37 AM  
Blogger Danielle said...

I have a thing for raspberries and chocolate. well...you might say I have a thing for anything with choclate! and I don't think I've ever seen such a tempting bowl of pudding YUMMY

June 30, 2009 at 11:43 AM  
Blogger Lori E said...

PUDDING...even the word sounds so yummy...say it with me Puuudddding.
Sounds like you have an interesting family tree.

June 30, 2009 at 11:52 AM  
Blogger Natashya said...

Mmm, I am all for homemade pudding. I assume one of those is for me?

June 30, 2009 at 12:42 PM  
Anonymous Jen @ MyKitchenAddiction.com said...

It has been a long time since I had chocolate pudding - it looks so delicious!

June 30, 2009 at 1:49 PM  
Blogger finsmom said...

I love chocolate pudding, so I am bookmaeking this for sure!

June 30, 2009 at 3:23 PM  
Blogger Sheila Mitchell said...

Hey..loved the tid-bit of history on that!! You DO rock! Pudding from scratch? mmm~mmm!

June 30, 2009 at 6:00 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

This looks scrumptious! Chocolate pud makes a nice, fairly light dessert for the summer.

June 30, 2009 at 6:39 PM  
Blogger Mindy Lockard Etiquette said...

I wrote to Jell-O in the fourth grade and asked them to make chocolate and banana swirl... never did! I've been making my own this summer with chocolate pudding and sliced bananas. I'm going to try this recipe for my next batch. Thanks, Mindy

June 30, 2009 at 7:32 PM  
Anonymous Kayte said...

I like the whipped cream and raspberries! Yum. Can I have it without the chocolate? You knew I was going to say that, didn't you? I am sure if you make it, it is the BEST!

June 30, 2009 at 7:38 PM  
Blogger glamah16 said...

Great post. Pudding is always so comforting. Its the only dessert CS really eats that I make.

June 30, 2009 at 9:47 PM  
OpenID haleysuzanne said...

Looks delicious! And, I love the little dessert dishes you have it served in; they are so cute!

June 30, 2009 at 10:07 PM  
Blogger Stella said...

Choclate! My favorite anything especially Pudding. Never made it from a scratch but sounds easy. My grandchildren will love it. Your presentation is beautiful.

July 1, 2009 at 6:41 AM  

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