Christmas Pudding originated in the 14th Century but was more like a thick meat soup. By the 17th Century this had changed into a plum pudding with breadcrumbs and dried fruit, flavoured with the addition of beer and spirits. By Victorian times, Christmas puddings had changed into something similar to the ones that are eaten today.
Putting a silver coin in the pudding is another age old custom that is said to bring luck to the person that finds it. The tradition dates back to the early 14th Century with Twelfth Night Cake eaten on the “Twelfth Night” of Christmas (the official end of Christmas festivities).
Originally a dried pea or bean was baked in the cake and whoever got it was “King or Queen” for the night. The first coins used were a Silver Farthing or a Penny. After WW1 it became a Three Penny Bit and then a Silver “Sixpence” placed in the Christmas pudding.
Cole’s have revived this great tradition with the introduction of their new 454g “Sing a Song of Sixpence” Christmas pudding, which features on the front, a genuine Sixpenny Piece from the old sterling currency. The pudding of course is made from a traditional age old recipe and is sufficient to feed a family of four, one of whom may well be in for a lucky twelve months!
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