The birthplace of country music happened in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains in the early 1920s. Around that time, a new Southern dessert also gained popularity. Any guesses? 

The legendary Banana Pudding made its stamp on southern lifestyle. Vanilla wafers got their start in the late 1800’s, but it took another 25 years for banana pudding to become popular. It was a special dessert by the time the iconic Bristol Sessions were recorded. This revolutionary recording session featured artists like the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers! If you want to learn more about the big bang of country music, click here! Don’t forget to turn in to the world premiere of Born In Bristol airing Saturday, July 30 at 10/9 p.m. CT on Circle to learn the fascinating story behind the Bristol Sessions!

Why is Banana Pudding so special? It’s a tasty blend of vanilla wafers, custard, and bananas. This also was the first desert in which it did not use a fruit that naturally grew in the South. Bananas were a luxury item that were shipped to grocery stores even during the Great Depression.  

One Southern cook who made fair share of banana pudding was Gladys Presley, the mother of Elvis Presley. It has been said that Elvis loved bananas with everything. So try Circle Kitchen’s newest recipe, Banana Pudding! This treat is perfect to enjoy while watching classic Elvis movies on Circle Network Monday nights in August at 9/8 p.m. CT!

If you’re still hungry for more Elvis inspired recipes, try Elvis’ iconic meatloaf (with a surprise ingredient). Click here for the recipe! Elvis reportedly ate meatloaf every Sunday for 6 months straight. Want to continue Elvis’ trend of eating meatloaf on Sundays? This recipe is also great to enjoy while watching our Sunday Night Westerns every Sunday at 9/8 p.m. CT on Circle! ⁠

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