A combination of sweet vanilla custard, sliced bananas and vanilla wafers, banana pudding has long been a Southern dessert standard. Its possible that English trifles influenced the creation of banana pudding, but the specific origin of the dessert remains a mystery. We do know, however, that bananas were first brought to the United States in the early 1900s, so its likely that people began experimenting with the exotic fruit around the same time. In 1901, Nabisco began marketing vanilla wafers. Soon after, a printed recipe for banana pudding appeared on their packages.
Many recipes today call for instant vanilla pudding, but Sisters still uses the traditional method of cooking the custard in a double boiler. Sticking with tradition, Nabisco wafers add the finishing touch on Sisters' banana pudding, which has been touted as a perfect example of the long-established, sweet Southern dish.