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What is the Difference Between Scrapple and Pudding?

We often get asked the question: what is the difference between scrapple and pudding? It's a great question! Both scrapple and pudding have similar ingredients. But there are crucial differences between the two.

Both scrapple and pudding are made from a mixture of pork, pork skins, pork livers, and seasonings. The main difference is that scrapple also has cornmeal and buckwheat flour added to this mixture. The cornmeal and buckwheat flour (both gluten free) help bind the various ingredients together. A slice of scrapple can be fried and, if handled correctly, stay together as one piece.

Pudding, on the other hand, does not have cornmeal and buckwheat flour added. As a result of these missing ingredients, it has a stronger liver flavor. It also will not stay together as it is cooked. 

So which is better? Most people prefer scrapple. But we also have our pudding die-hards! Pudding is an item that is harder and harder to find. We still make ours using a generations-old recipe. 

People who enjoy pudding will often eat it with eggs or toast. Another great way to enjoy pudding is over top of a slice of fried mush. Mush is a loaf of cornmeal that fries up perfectly and goes great paired with eggs and breakfast meat. Some pudding aficionados like to pour their pudding over their mush then top the whole thing off with fresh maple syrup. The taste is amazing. Which do you prefer, scrapple or pudding? Let us know in the comments! 


Scrapple for sure !!! It’s more an East coast thing. Pudding isn’t popular or even heard of by many in the northern states (up north). I’ve never had an opportunity to taste pudding but it might be Ight. Honest to say, don’t know if I can do it with out the two ingredients not being added. Hopefully I get an opportunity to try it one day! For now Scrapple!!

I love both. Scrapple on a winter day with apple butter on top is a mainstay here in Central PA. But, liver pudding over pancakes is also out of this world. No syrup needed. Just pepper. Can’t tell I grew up in the rural PA Dutch area can you?

The best is puddin’ over pancakes ~ can’t match the taste anywhere! But scrapple comes in a close 2nd….we don’t do ours fried though – our Dr. recommended we just do it the same way as the puddin’ - it is just a wee bit thicker. Thanks for giving us the availability of both.

Pudding all the way! We called it puddin. We made it in a large pot over a wood fire. Nothing on earth like it!

Tank you for explaining the difference. I like to have both. My Dad made scrapple and blood pudding and it is still the best. I believe it is now an acquired taste! Only because the ingredients are a heart stopper. ❤️

Scrapple with syrup is ok, but pudding is my favorite (on toast). Thanks for still making it!

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