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Kozy Shack Rice Pudding Redesign (stop the presses?)

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Jim Leff Sep 20, 2000 10:37 PM

I am, as I type, enjoying a small container of one of my favorite highly-commercial, widely-available supermarket food items: Kozy Shack Rice Pudding (it's been discussed before...plug "kozy" and/or "kozyshack" into our search engine).

And I was startled to notice the following message on the foil lid:

"COMING SOON! Bold New Look! Same Great Taste!"

I can't imagine how something as modest and homely as Kozy Shack rice pudding could possibly look "bold", but I'm anxious to find out. Has anyone spotted the "bold new look" Kozy Shacks yet?

And, for extra points, can anyone explain how rice pudding that tastes so good, that contains such good, all-natural ingredients and no preservatives, and that isn't sealed airtight, can have a shelf life of several months? When I make rice pudding, it goes bad in like three days.

Maybe it's just the miracle of Kozy Shack.

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    Caitlin RE: Jim Leff Sep 20, 2000 11:34 PM

    I'm sorry to say I'm a very recent initiate to the Miracle of Kozy Shack (sorry because I missed out on it for so long). I have not seen any new packaging, bold or otherwise.

    However, does not the foil top provide an airtight seal? (You can't possibly be suggesting that it stays fresh for several months after it's been opened; why would you not eat it all up?!)

    I'd like to know how a relatively low-fat product (as dairy desserts go) can taste so creamy and so *rich*. Miraculous indeed. (As is their chocolatey, not-overly-sweet chocolate pudding--imagine, commercial chocolate pudding worth eating!)

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      Jim Leff RE: Caitlin Sep 21, 2000 12:10 AM

      Sorry. air-tight, yes....but that kind of sterilized, "lives for a decade", "never refrigerate" kind of European Milk Container air-tight, no.

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        andy huse RE: Caitlin Sep 21, 2000 12:28 PM

        yes, my roomies and i often got the tapioca-- it is my fave by far. The texture, the vanilla taste. good stuff.

        Our favorite thing would be to heat up some bananas in a pan with butter, peanut butter if desired (and raisins too), and cocanut, all served warm with a healthy dollup of Kozy Shak Tapioca. An imitation of a Vietnamese restaurants awesome dessert--- only the banana wasn't deep fried in wonton skin, and they used chopped peanuts, not peanut butter.

        my experience with this tasty stuff (could easily eat a whole package in one sitting) is that it turns to milk/water about a week after opening. But i just get the tapioca.

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          Steven Stern RE: andy huse Sep 21, 2000 09:41 PM

          I still haven't gotten beyond the rice pudding: one of the best things I've learned about here. (Brilliant tapioca concept, Andy; as an unrepentent banana-fryer of long standing, that's something I've got to try.)

          Any opinions on the flan?

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            Jeremy RE: Steven Stern Sep 22, 2000 08:35 AM

            Skip the flan, stay with the pudding.

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        Maria Eng RE: Jim Leff Sep 20, 2000 11:47 PM

        Irradiation?

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          Jeremy Osner RE: Jim Leff Sep 21, 2000 08:33 AM

          I've seen the new look -- to call it bold is an extreme exaggeration; it's just the same package with a different picture on the front and different font. I think they're changing the chocolate and vanilla puddings before the rice pudding. Have you ever tried the tapioca pudding?

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            Jeremy Osner RE: Jeremy Osner Sep 28, 2000 12:17 PM

            Strike that; I must have been hallucinating. The "bold new look" is not here yet. I went to kozyshack.com to have a look around but I did not see any press releases there either. An interesting site though.

            Link: http://www.kozyshack.com

            Image: http://www.kozyshack.com/kozyshack.gif

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            Caitlin RE: Jim Leff Sep 30, 2000 01:37 PM

            If anyone cares, I hve witnessed Kozy Shack's Bold New Look. There were Bold New Look and Old Staid Look packages of the little tapioca cups side-by-side on the shelf. Where OSL's background is yellow, BNL's is dark red. Whereas OSL has the product name (Tapioca Pudding) in larger type than the brand name, the reverse is true for BNL. The BNL font is...bolder, more readable, and in all caps. If I remember correctly, BNL has no illustration of the product. It does have a blue dot that says "Bold new look, same great taste." Methinks Kozy Shack wants to be noticed more easily amongst the Jell-O and Swiss Miss, as it well deserves to be.

            BTW, after this thread began, I emailed Kozy Shack (no 800 number apparent) to ask about the long-shelf life thing. I'll post if I hear back from them.

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              Caitlin RE: Jim Leff Oct 2, 2000 01:44 PM

              I know the suspense has been killing you, so here's the answer. Following is the message I received from Susan Higby, Kozy Shack customer relations:

              "Thank you for taking the time to let us know how much you enjoy Kozy Shack's deliciously prepared pudding desserts.

              All of our desserts are prepared with the finest of ingredients, loving care and an old-fashioned, homemade flavor.

              In answer to your question, we cook our all natural ingredients for a very long period at a high (just below boiling) temperature. Then we package the products while still hot in sterile heavy duty containers which are then tightly sealed. Next we chill the products down as soon as possible to below 40 degrees and ship all the products on refrigerated trailers direct to the warehouses and stores.

              These steps allow the products to be made with an excellent refrigerated shelf-life, but our consumers should remember that the product should be used up within 7 days after opening, since the all natural ingredients are then susceptible to the deterioration typical of dairy products when subjected to the normal environment."

              So, essentially, they're heat pasteurized (which always involves quick-chilling following the heat treatment).

              So, exactly how many extra points do I get?

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                Jeremy Osner RE: Caitlin Oct 2, 2000 02:04 PM

                Hmm... Now where can I get raw-Kozy Shack puddings? Or do those have to be aged 60 days?

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                  bellrock RE: Caitlin Oct 3, 2000 10:06 AM

                  LOTS of extra points. THANK YOU!!!

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