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Pudding is the Ultimate Comfort Food (We Have Proof!)

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While people sing the praises of picturesque pie, cakes, and ice cream sundaes, lonely bowls of pudding jiggle in cafeteria salad bars and church potlucks. No one calls pudding beautiful. No one takes glamorous beauty shots or shares #puddingposts on social media. In a highly scientific Instagram search, "pudding" had only 1.8 million posts, compared to pie's 3.6 million and 13 million #cookies. That's proof that puddings need more love!

But the creamy comfort of pudding was there in your elementary school lunchbox. Satisfying spoonfuls supported you through sore throats and wisdom teeth extractions. Pudding performed as a picnic crowd-pleaser and make-ahead go-to.

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JELL-O snack cups and instant mix are great, but we’ve gathered 23 of our best pudding recipes that showcase the versatility, deliciousness, and, I daresay, beauty, of pudding. Enjoy!

Berries & Bright Flavors

Helen’s Summer Berry Pudding with Rose Cream
Helen’s Summer Berry Pudding with Rose Cream
Lemon Posset

Lemon Posset by mrslarkin

Blueberry Cardamom Chia Seed Pudding

Blueberry Cardamom Chia Seed Pudding by Gena Hamshaw

Rice Pudding with Sesame Crumble and Blueberries

Rice Pudding with Sesame Crumble and Blueberries by Sarah Jampel

Jackson Pollock's Lemon Pudding

Jackson Pollock's Lemon Pudding by Food52

Coconut Milk Rice Pudding with Citrus and Ginger
Coconut Milk Rice Pudding with Citrus and Ginger
Watermelon Pudding (Gelo d'Anguria)

Watermelon Pudding (Gelo d'Anguria) by Emiko

Warm & Gooey Citrus Pudding

Warm & Gooey Citrus Pudding by thefood

For the Chocoholics

Alice's Chocolate Pudding
Alice's Chocolate Pudding
"Nutella" Pudding

"Nutella" Pudding by Arathi

Milk Chocolate Panna Cotta

Milk Chocolate Panna Cotta by Erin McDowell

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pudding with Candied Pretzels
Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pudding with Candied Pretzels

Comforting Caramels, Coffee, and Butterscotch

Burnt Caramel Pudding

Burnt Caramel Pudding by Midge

Banana Pudding

Banana Pudding by Merrill Stubbs

South African Malva Pudding
South African Malva Pudding
Kick Butt-erscotch Pudding

Kick Butt-erscotch Pudding by fiveandspice

Pumpkin Pudding (a.k.a. No-Pie Pumpkin Pie)

Pumpkin Pudding (a.k.a. No-Pie Pumpkin Pie) by Alice Medrich

Caramel Rice Pudding with Brown Butter and Creme Fraiche

Caramel Rice Pudding with Brown Butter and Creme Fraiche by Merrill Stubbs

Coffee Pudding

Coffee Pudding by Kendra Vaculin

Individual Guinness Sticky Toffee Puddings with Ginger Cream

Individual Guinness Sticky Toffee Puddings with Ginger Cream by alyssalees

Kay's Ravo (Semolina Pudding)

Kay's Ravo (Semolina Pudding) by Anna Francese Gass

Saffron-Infused Rice Pudding (Sholeh Zard), in the Persian Manner
Saffron-Infused Rice Pudding (Sholeh Zard), in the Persian Manner
Fluffy Tapioca Cream
Fluffy Tapioca Cream

Tags: pudding, easy desserts, chocolate, caramel, rice pudding