Who doesn’t like Chocolate Pudding?

by Michelle on June 30, 2009

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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  • Ria Mathew June 30, 2009 at 3:03 pm

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

  • Knittykim June 30, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    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.

  • Elle June 30, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    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.

  • Danielle June 30, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    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

  • Lori E June 30, 2009 at 4:52 pm

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

  • Natashya KitchenPuppies June 30, 2009 at 5:42 pm

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

  • Jen @ MyKitchenAddiction.com June 30, 2009 at 6:49 pm

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

  • Finsmom June 30, 2009 at 8:23 pm

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

  • Sheila Mitchell June 30, 2009 at 11:00 pm

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

  • Heather June 30, 2009 at 11:39 pm

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

  • Mindy Lockard Etiquette July 1, 2009 at 12:32 am

    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

  • Kayte July 1, 2009 at 12:38 am

    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!

  • glamah16 July 1, 2009 at 2:47 am

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

  • haleysuzanne July 1, 2009 at 3:07 am

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

  • Stella July 1, 2009 at 11:41 am

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

  • Margaret July 29, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Love choco pudding. THis looks too easy to be so good.

  • Jenny Flake August 25, 2010 at 9:13 am

    YUMMY, love this post and this pudding :)

  • maria August 25, 2010 at 9:26 am

    I love how you dressed it up with raspberries!

  • Tracy August 25, 2010 at 11:50 am

    I love pudding! I’m starting to like it warm as well as cold now, too. Yum!

  • Jen @ How To: Simplify August 25, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    I absolutely love pudding! The chocolate and raspberry flavor combo is great! Yum!

  • Cookin' Canuck August 25, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    It was fun to read your story about your personal connection. My kids would love this!

  • Maggy@ThreeManyCooks August 27, 2010 at 6:47 am

    Great family story! I LOVE chocolate pudding. This recipe look so delicious.

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