I was watching one of my favorite Food TV shows, "Good Eats", one night. Alton Brown was making tapioca pudding. Well, I knew that my wife LOVES tapioca pudding so I decided to whip up a batch. She thought it was GREAT. There were a couple of things that I wanted to change about it. First, while the fat content was about right, the sugar was low. Also there was no vanilla. I fixed that part of it, yet one problem remained. The problem is not in the recipe but the scarcity of one ingredient. That ingredient was pearl tapioca. We have some great grocery stores here, but finding pearl tapioca was difficult. I then took it upon myself to come up with the new version of my recipe.