My father reminisces about a chocolate (pudding-like?)
dessert called "junkit" (spelling?). Does anyone know
what this is, and if it's available in NYC?
He also mourns the loss of Pepperidge Farm's chocolate
cookies with nuts. I think the name was something like
"brownie-nut" (?). Can anyone recommend a similar,
exemplary, commercially-available cookie?
good news on both counts.
first, you can certainly find junkit in large suburban-
style supermarkets. Walbaum's, Pathmark, etc. It's
rennet, a pretty disgusting material. it's not
chocolate itself, but can gel a pudding that can be
flavored with chocolate.
Pepperidge Farm does make brownie nut cookies, as far
as I know. But if you can't find 'em, go for the big-
format (in the wide bags) chocolate nut cookies;
they're very similar. Just be careful not to get the
chewy ones, which are all pretty horrible.
Strange....junkit was my dad's fave, Pepperidge Farm
brownie nut cookies my mom's. Are you sure we're not
re: Jim Leff
You can still find "Junkit", ( I'm pretty sure ot is
"Junket", though), at most groceries. My Mom always
gave it to me when i was sick. I remember quite well
spooning into it, and watching it separate into what
looked like curds and watery syrup. I never had
chocolate, only vanilla and some pink flavor. I can't
appreciate the allure, have never had the urge to go
out and whip some up.
Junket's one of those things I haven't thought of for
years and might easily not have thought of for years
or decades to come! Anyway, I remember my mother
making it a lot -- seemingly alternating making
batches of Junket with making Royal (?) pudding.
Junket was the less desireable, kind of mushy in
texture and not exactly a thing as a kid you'd ask for
more of. But since it was in decent flavors like a
mildly chocolaty chocolate, you'd manage to finish
your bowl. I remember more fondly getting metal tokens
or prizes from the Junket boxes...I don't remember
what they had on them. But my husband is telling me
those tokens came out of Jello, and he thinks they had
baseball players on them. Anyone remember?
I'm sorry to say I don't remember prizes that came from
Jell-o [pretty disgusting in its own way; comes from
hoof parings], and my mom never forced us to eat Junket
- although I remember the ads for it in women's
We got this stuff called Whip 'n Chill all the time;
anyone remember that? And in the early '70s there was
this gelatin product called "1-2-3" that would separate
into three layers. But the topper was these "Space
Food Sticks" that supposedly developed by the space
program. As I recall reading in Cosmopolitan once, a
woman, upon seeing the test product, asked, "What is
that? A tampon for a midget?"