Dr. Suess's Who Rice Pudding is a dairy-free rice pudding topped with red and green candies, perfect for any Grinch, or Who lover, that you may know.
Update: This recipe was originally posted in December 2014. The recipe and the photos have been updated and republished in December 2021.
I think I have the words to the original Grinch cartoon memorized. If you know me and have been to my house around Christmas, that wouldn't be too much of a surprise. So it would only be fitting that I share the recipe for Who Pudding with you.
What is Dr. Suess's Who Rice Pudding?
The story goes that the Grinch steals all of the presents and the food for the feast, but when he brings it all back, the Who's let him stay for the celebration. I believe that Who Pudding is an eggnog based rice pudding topped with red and green candies.
The Who's love Christmas and sweets, so this combination of flavors and ingredients only seems fitting to serve as their Christmas dessert, after the Roast Beast and Who Hash has been consumed.
Ingredients for this recipe
- Dairy-free eggnog
- white rice
- unsalted butter or coconut oil
- vanilla extract
- ground cinnamon
- red and green candies
Instructions for this recipe
First, combine ingredients into a large pot. Add the dairy-free eggnog, butter and vanilla into a large pot and heat it over medium high heat.
Then, bring it to a boil and add the rice. Once the mixture is boiling add in the rice, salt and cinnamon and stir until it is mixed in. Lower the heat to a simmer and cover with a lid.
Next, simmer until the rice is cooked. Continue simmering the mixture for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or so to make sure the rice does not stick.
Then, remove from the heat and divide into bowls. Once the mixture is thick and creamy, remove it from the heat. Divide the rice pudding into serving dishes. Refrigerate until chilled, at least 2 hours.
Finally, decorate your rice pudding. Sprinkle red and green candies on top of the pudding. Serve chilled. Note: if serving later, add candies right before serving so the colors from them don't bleed into the pudding.
- Rice: any white rice, such as jasmine, arborio or basmati can be used.
- Eggnog: if you are not dairy-free, you can use any type of prepared eggnog in this recipe. Silk and So Delicious both make dairy-free versions that you can use in this recipe.
- Cinnamon: adding cinnamon is optional and will make the rice darker, but I like the flavor. You could also use a little ground nutmeg as well or in place of the cinnamon and add a pinch to the top before serving if you would like the rice pudding to be lighter in color.
FAQ for rice pudding
It's entirely up to you! I prefer my rice pudding cold, so I refrigerate it for 2 hours after cooking, but feel free to serve it warm.
A medium or long grain white rice is great. Jasmine, arborio, basmati are great options.
In The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Who Pudding is the dessert that they serve at their Christmas feast. It is not specified what type of pudding the Who's enjoy, but given their love of Christmas and sweets, I believe that Who Pudding is an eggnog flavored pudding decorated with red and green candies.
Are you a fan of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas too? Try my Grinch Crinkled Heart Cookies and check back soon for more Who-inspired recipes!
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Dr. Seuss's Who Rice Pudding
- ramekins or glass bowls
- 3 cups dairy-free eggnog
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup white rice
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- red and green candies
- Combine the eggnog, butter and vanilla extract into a medium pot over medium high heat. Bring to a boil.3 cups dairy-free eggnog, 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Once boiling, add in the rice, salt and cinnamon. Cover and cook, stirring every 10-15 minutes to ensure the rice doesn't stick.⅓ cup white rice, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- After the rice has softened and most of the liquid has cooked away, about 1 hour, remove the pan from the heat.
- Divide the rice pudding into glass jars or ramekins and refrigerate until chilled, at least 2 hours.
- Sprinkle red and green candies on top before serving, or garnish with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon or nutmeg.red and green candies
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