The bagel shop by my apartment recently started carrying rice pudding. I'm social with the owner so I asked him about the new addition to their deli counter. He said "people love rice pudding when it's hot outside." Puzzled, and a bit surprised, I replied, "Really, creamy food in HOT weather? I'd peg rice pudding for more of a fall food..." The owner smiled and said, "Have you never eaten ice cream on a hot day?" Point taken.
Of course the rice pudding he was selling wasn't vegan -- so I scurried home to make my own recipe. And you know what? He's right. Rice pudding is a delicious treat on a hot summer day.