If you have ever had tapioca in anything, you know that it is special stuff. Those tiny little balls of starch (or larger ones in the popular Asian Sweet Bubble Tea) come from the Cassava root. The Cassava is a highly versatile plant, but my personal favorite thing about it is that it is the source of tapioca.

I’ve never had Asian Sweet Bubble Tea, although one of these days I will have to try it. The only thing that I have had – and the thing that makes my mouth water as sweet memories fill my mind – is Tapioca Pudding. It thrills my heart that there is actually a Tapioca Day!

My grandma introduced me to tapioca pudding when I was a young child and it is impossible for me to think of it without thinking of her. My grandma lived in Indiana, a place I dearly loved. When I was seven, however, my mom and I moved to New Mexico, 1500 miles away from my beloved Indiana home.

I strongly disliked New Mexico as a child, and pined for Indiana relentlessly. But every summer, I got to go back for a visit for a month or two. And every summer, that first arrival to my grandma’s house was met with a heaping bowl of tapioca pudding.

To me, tapioca pudding is forever associated with home. I don’t eat it very much these days – mostly because it takes time to make and I don’t eat many sweets to begin with. But when I take the time to make a large bowl of it, it doesn’t take long for it to disappear.

If you’ve only had tapioca pudding from a can or refrigerator package, you haven’t really had tapioca pudding. My grandma always bought Kraft Minute Tapioca and followed the recipe on the box, and to me, that is what real tapioca pudding should taste like.

I’m sure there are those who might say that even I have not really had tapioca pudding since mine is made with Minute Tapioca (after all, that’s exactly how I feel about Minute Rice), but I’m okay with that.

If you would like to experience the fluffy, creamy heaven that I consider real tapioca pudding, grab yourself a box of Kraft Minute Tapioca and follow the recipe on the back. I’ll even make it easier for you and give you a link!

Kraft Minute Tapioca – Fluffy Tapioca Cream

Mix yourself up a big batch of that. (I usually multiply that recipe by four to make a huge bowl of it for my family, enough to last a few days in the refrigerator.) You’ll be glad you did!