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National Plum Pudding Day – February 12

National Plum Pudding Day

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National Plum Pudding Day 2018

Quote of the Day: ‘A Christmas Carol’ is an extravagantly symbolic thing – as rich in symbols as Christmas pudding is rich in raisins. Michel Faber

National Plum Pudding Day is observed annually on February 12. This pudding is also known as Christmas pudding and was referred to in the movie “A Christmas Carol.” This steamed or boiled pudding is typically served during the holiday season.


It has its origins in medieval England, and is sometimes known as plum pudding or just “pud”, though this can also refer to other kinds of boiled pudding involving dried fruit.

Dollhouse Miniature Holiday Plum Pudding Cake by Bright deLights

Food Facts & Trivia

  • Despite the name “plum pudding,” the pudding contains no actual plums due to the pre-Victorian use of the word “plums” as a term for raisins.
  • The pudding is composed of many dried fruits held together by egg and suet, sometimes moistened with treacle or molasses and flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and other spices.
  • The pudding is usually aged for a month or more, or even a year; the high alcohol content of the pudding prevents it from spoiling during this time.
  • Recipes for plum puddings appear mainly, if not entirely, in the 17th century and later.
  • The name Christmas pudding is first recorded in 1858 in a novel by Anthony Trollope.
  • Plumb is another spelling of plum. 
  • Prune is actually derived from the same word as plum – the Latin word was Pruna, which changed in the Germanic languages into pluma. 
  • Plum pudding has also been known to be called plum duff (UK).

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