Is it time to say goodbye to the traditional Christmas pudding?

Is it time to say goodbye to the traditional Christmas pudding?

The festive dessert will likely appear less at Christmas dinner tables this year

Written 6th December 2022 | Subscribe to our Christmas newsletter

Researchers announced recently that almost 50% of 10-25 year olds don't like Christmas pudding, despite the fact that a third of them admitted never actually trying it. Based on these statistics, the researchers declared that the festive pudding could be 'extinct' by 2025.

This does seem a little extreme, although with Generation Z having delicious takeaway puddings at their fingertips with delivery services, recipes in 60 second videos on social media and plenty of deliciously sweet dishes experienced before, it's no wonder they're not tempted by that traditional boiled and brown fruit dish.


A traditional Christmas pudding recipe from BBC Food.

Some sources say the Christmas pudding first appeared in the 14th century as frumenty, a type of porridge with cinnamon, saffron, beef, mutton, wine and spices. This is nothing like the Christmas pudding we know (and love) today. It wasn't until the 16th century that the dish became more of a sweet dish as a dessert and was associated with Christmas.

With hundreds of years of history, it's hard to see the dish escaping our tables as quickly as 2025, but it does make us wonder how long it will be before Christmas puddings are extinct.

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