Top Pick Of The Week

September 7, 2004

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Rice to Riches
Gourmet Rice Pudding


In a world of specialists, Rice to Riches may have the world’s only Rice Pudding Chefs, headed by Jemal Edwards. A former pastry chef at the prestigious New York restaurants Montrachet and Nobu where he crafted ice creams, sorbets, pastries, and other confections, he now turns out dozens of different flavors of rice pudding—just rice pudding—each week.

And, Rice to Riches will ship it nationwide—but more about that in a few minutes.

Located in New York City’s trendy NoLita neighborhood, just east of SoHo, the rice pudding flavors are equally trendy.

For those who can’t imagine dozens of flavors of a classic comfort food, here’s what was on the menu the day of this writing:

Rice To Riches Rice Pudding
The gold standard in gourmet rice pudding, beautifully packaged for gift giving.


  • Cinnamon Sling with Raisins
  • Coast to Coast Cheesecake
  • Coconut Coma
  • Hazelnut Chocolate Bear Hug
  • Man-Made Mascarpone With
  • Property of Lemon Poppy
  • Stubborn Banana with Toasted
  • Understanding Vanilla
  • Almond Shmalmond
  • Turkish (International Special)
  • Sex Drugs and Rocky Road
  • Cuban Rum Raisin
  • Chocolate Chip Flirt
  • Play It Again Butter
  • Peanut Butter Pick-A-Peck
  • Caramel Yogurt Crackdown
  • Sugar-Free Chocolate
  • Pumpkin Walnut
  • Mocha Raspberry
  • Strawberry Banana

This is an entirely different flavor selection, we hasten to add, from the last time we were there.  As you can see, you get comforted in high style.  And if you think it can’t possibly taste good, everything we’ve had has been delicious. Our one complaint is that the chefs constantly invent new flavors, you can’t count on the one you swooned over to reappear again.

The rice pudding is made daily in small batches in the shop’s specialized, high-tech, elaborate kitchen, which was designed to produce nothing but rice pudding. Rice, milk, sugar, eggs, cream, and a varying parade of natural seasonal flavors and fruits produce rice pudding probably unlike any you’ve had before. You can tell just by looking at it that it’s special: creamier, thicker, and certainly, chock full of things you’ve never seen in rice pudding before.  

Rice Pudding Bar
The case of rice puddings at the shop.  

The texture is incredible (it’s made with firm-grained sushi rice). What may sound weird in concept comes together beautifully, because the flavorings are the best that money can buy, and because these are complex recipes developed after long trial and error by gifted pastry chefs. It’s not a so simple as stirring in cocoa and dried cherries to create chocolate cherry rice pudding. Believe us, if we could make rice pudding anywhere near this good at home, we would. These recipes only could have been developed by gourmet a rice pudding experts who have perfected the the technique over time.

rice puddingCaramel Yogurt Crackdown and Mocha Strawberry.

If you are within reach of FedEx overnight delivery, rice pudding can arrive on your doorstep in Rice to Riches’ handsome, custom-designed plastic pots (similar to photo below with a lid and without the long handle). If it’s a gift, you get to send the gif tee a fun animated e-card with your personalized message; the recipient returns to select the flavor of his/her choice.

Now, along with the gift of love or friendship, you can give a rice pudding experience your friends will never forget.

— Karen Hochman

FORWARD THIS NIBBLE to your rice pudding-loving friends.


Gourmet Rice Pudding

  • SUMO
    5 Portions (1 Flavor)
    Sent Anywhere
    $55, shipping included

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Or telephone (for personal orders; gift certificates can only be ordered online)


Prices and flavor availability are verfied at publication but are subject to change.

Rice Pudding
You can’t count this in your quotient of fruit, but you can count it as fun—and delicious.

Visit Rice To Riches in New York City at 37 Spring Street between Mott & Mulberry Streets, Monday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to midnight, Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.


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