Pudding most often refers to a dessert, but may also refer to a savory dish. The original pudding was formed by mixing various ingredients with a grain product or other binder such as butter, flour, cereal, eggs, suet, resulting in a solid mass. These puddings are baked, steamed or boiled. The second and newer type of pudding consists of sugar, milk, and a thickening agent such as cornstarch, gelatin, eggs, rice or tapioca to create a sweet, creamy dessert.
Jell-O is a brand name belonging to U.S.-based Kraft Foods for a number of gelatin desserts, including fruit gels, puddings and no-bake cream pies. Jell-O also has an instant pudding product which is simply mixed with cold milk and then chilled.
The firm today known as Kraft Foods was formed on December 10, 1923 by Thomas H. McInnerney. McInnerney operated the Hydrox Corporation, an ice cream company located in Chicago, Illinois