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Pensacola’s Best Banana Pudding

I love Pensacola Foodies. I wouldn’t say I’m a foodie, because most of my food loves are fairly simple, Southern or Gulf Coast recipes. I don’t mind an elevated culinary experience, but mostly I am interested in gathering with friends or family for the conversation and just being together.

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But I do love that group, because of the ideas shared and the community created. For the most part the love of food is universal. 

The foods I love most are the ones associated with memories from childhood or people I love and the places we went. Our memories are so closely related to our senses that it is no wonder the smells of a place or the tastes of a food will take us back to a time or a feeling.

For me, things like banana pudding evoke memories of a simpler time when we gathered around the table for Sunday lunch and finished the meal with an easy dessert. No pictures were taken. No hashtags were needed. 

The only competition may have come when one of the church ladies secretly hoped her potluck dessert was the one eaten first and completely. It would be her only badge of honor. 

This is why I love banana pudding and knew I wanted to highlight this unsung hero when it was recently mentioned on Pensacola Foodies.

I apologize for leaving anyone off, but a few were recommended repeatedly. One was The Dog House, another the Apple Market, and Karen’s Cafe.

For different reasons, all three were winners.

The Dog House was thick and creamy and tastes the most similar to what I had as a little girl. The bananas were sweet and ripe and the entire pudding had a very distinct banana flavor.

Karen’s Cafe pudding was a unique consistency, more like an egg custard pie. Karen’s folds in homemade meringue creating a thick, but whipped texture. It was sweet and delicious.

Finally The Apple Market was wonderful. This pudding was simple, smooth, and thin with bananas and vanilla wafer cookies laid on top. Because it was not as thick as the others, the entire container was accidentally eaten in less than 3 seconds. Another one I stumbled upon at Apple Market was made by Bayou Baking Co. which had an altogether unique banning pudding that had the consistency of a soufflé and just a hint of banana flavor. It was the least sweet of the choices, which may appeal to some.

Banana Pudding is the sweatpants of the dessert world. It may not look pretty, but it’s reliable, comfortable, and makes you feel so good.

Thank you to Pensacola Foodies for reminding us of this Southern classic. Keep the recommendations coming!

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Dana is an Arkansas native and a seasonal resident of the Gulf Coast since childhood. She was a Pensacola resident for 13 years, before moving to Gulf Breeze. Dana attributes her Mayberry-esque childhood in Warren, Arkansas, as enormously influential in honing her definitely Southern style of storytelling. She earned a degree in Journalism, Advertising/Public Relations from the University of Arkansas (Woo Pig Sooie!). In addition to writing, she loves photography, art, adventures in the great outdoors, and spending time with her three children.