September 19, 2012

National Butterscotch Pudding Day

"Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple." - Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka in the movie 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'

It's National Butterscotch Pudding Day!

What is butterscotch? According to F.K. Robinson's "Glossary of Yorkshire Words" from 1855 it's a "treacle ball with an amalgamation of butter in it." Which is really a fancier way of saying it's a sticky, sweet substance similar to toffee. Made from brown sugar and butter... sometimes cream, corn syrup, or vanilla are added... it was invented in the 1800's.

When we were little my mom used to make something called "Mush in a Bucket," and I've known since the beginning of this project that it was how I was going to celebrate today's food holiday. It's a delicious layered blend of textures - spongey, creamy, whipped - and flavors including spice, butterscotch, and vanilla. And it's a fun dessert because it was meant to be messy! Or, in this case, mushy!

Side note: I'm convinced my mom is withholding information from me when it comes to her recipes. I made this "Mush in a Bucket" exactly like she explained it to me, and it still came out mediocre compared to when she makes it. I really think that the additional ingredient of love when making something for someone enhances a dish more than when you just make it because that's what the calendar says. It probably doesn't help that my pudding came out runny, either.

Happy National "Talk Like a Pirate" Day and...

Happy National Butterscotch Pudding Day!