My mom has been making this as long as I can remember. She found the original recipe on a box of rice in the 80's. She always served it as an entree but I make it as a side dish because it's not enough for my meat and potatoes man. You can spice it up by using hot sausage. Try it, you will not be disappointed.
As a working mother I have to have quick meals to fix. I thought of this one on a night when I was really running late and everyone was hungry. This worked great for dinner with a salad, and then as a side with a sandwich the next day for lunch for everyone. The night you make it it won't be as thick. For added thickness add 2 tbs cornstarch mixed first with 2 tbs water. My family thought I had been cooking it in a crockpot all day!
This is a recipe I use every year at Christmas. Incredibly easy and many variations, such as vanilla frosting with rasp. chips, butterscotch chips with milk chocolate frosting or whatever your cravings demand! Have fun and enjoy!