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Tapioca pudding- like it or lump it?

Doctormhl1 Jun 14, 2009 07:41 AM

Tapioca pudding is one of those rare foods that you either love or hate-no middle ground -which is it?

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    smartie RE: Doctormhl1 Jun 14, 2009 08:23 AM

    I love it but then I like semolina and rice puddings, big dollop of strawberry jam.

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      pesto RE: Doctormhl1 Jun 14, 2009 08:44 AM

      I LOVE it. It never fails to bring me back to childhood...it reminds me of the Wizard of Oz. I just can't figure that out.

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        Infomaniac RE: pesto Jun 14, 2009 09:01 AM

        I like tapioca and rice pudding, both with cinnamon and rasins.....Pink Floyd "Dark Side of the Moon reminds me of the Wizard of Oz.

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          Kholvaitar RE: Infomaniac Jan 10, 2014 05:22 AM

          The Dark Side of Oz...


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            Infomaniac RE: Kholvaitar Jan 16, 2014 05:23 PM


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        salsailsa RE: Doctormhl1 Jun 14, 2009 09:33 AM

        I like all of the above. Most people I know are put off by the appearence and won't even try it.

        On the other hand, "bubble tea" does not appeal to me- I don't like chunks in my drinks.

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          manraysky RE: salsailsa Jun 14, 2009 03:23 PM

          Same here! Love tapioca pudding, hate bubble tea. Well the tea is fine, without the tapioca balls.

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            EWSflash RE: salsailsa Jan 10, 2014 06:38 PM

            I love bubble tea.

          2. Boccone Dolce RE: Doctormhl1 Jun 14, 2009 02:31 PM

            No thank you. I'm typically anti-pudding, but I will take bread pudding and rice pudding on 'i-need-comfort' occasions.

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              EWSflash RE: Boccone Dolce Jan 10, 2014 06:40 PM

              Oddly enough, I just discovered bread pudding in the last year. Depending on the ingredients, I love it. Love tapioca pudding, absolutely hate rice pudding.

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              gmk1322 RE: Doctormhl1 Jun 14, 2009 09:29 PM

              Love It! I've even drove to the hospital cafeteria, at work on off-days whenever I get a craving for the goodness.

              1. ipsedixit RE: Doctormhl1 Jun 14, 2009 10:20 PM

                I love it.

                If I could be buried alive in it, I would.

                1. Morganna RE: Doctormhl1 Jun 15, 2009 06:06 AM

                  I've always loved it. It seems more pudding-y to me than other sorts of puddings. Love rice pudding, too. :) I don't like raisins in it. "Raisins are like failed grapes."

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                    Cinnamon RE: Morganna Jun 15, 2009 07:42 PM

                    I think I would like rice pudding if I had not had tapioca. Rice pudding to me is... not quite tapioca. It just makes me miss tapioca.

                  2. BobB RE: Doctormhl1 Jun 15, 2009 11:10 AM

                    I've always liked it, I really don't understand why it has such a bad reputation among some. Sweet & creamy with a bit of texture - what's not to like?

                    1. im_nomad RE: Doctormhl1 Jun 15, 2009 06:26 PM

                      love it. I'm a texture gal.

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                        Cinnamon RE: Doctormhl1 Jun 15, 2009 07:41 PM

                        Love love love love love love love. Did I mention love? Or the as-an-adult discovery of boba tea and tapioca-studded dumplings? :)

                        1. Kajikit RE: Doctormhl1 Jun 15, 2009 07:48 PM

                          I adore puddings of all descriptions. Tapioca, rice, bread pudding, custard... if it's sweet and creamy and gooey and made with dairy products I love it.

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                            alkapal RE: Kajikit Jun 15, 2009 11:55 PM

                            i'm with kajikit!

                          2. Deenso RE: Doctormhl1 Jun 16, 2009 12:14 PM

                            I've always loved tapioca and rice pudding since childhood, when my mom served both frequently. Even the Swiss Miss stuff from the supermarket makes me happy.

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                              truman RE: Doctormhl1 Jan 10, 2014 09:41 AM

                              I like tapioca, but I don't like regular pudding. Tapioca has just enough texture that I can eat it without gagging. Rice pudding is far superior though.

                              1. ipsedixit RE: Doctormhl1 Jan 10, 2014 11:03 AM

                                You know what goes great with tapioca pudding?

                                Especially cold (very cold) tapioca pudding?

                                Some, fresh right out of the oven, warm home-made granola generously sprinkled over the top.

                                Cool, warm, crunchy, sweet ... all in one spoonful.

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                                  nothingswrong RE: ipsedixit Jan 10, 2014 02:00 PM

                                  I know this thread is ages old, but it has been resuscitated apparently.

                                  Granola sounds awesome on tapioca. Hadn't thought of that.

                                  I like my tapioca with Barnum's animal crackers for dipping.

                                  Or biscotti, biscuit type cookies, or even Nilla wafers.

                                  Tapioca and rice pudding are the best puddings, hands down.

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                                    ipsedixit RE: nothingswrong Jan 10, 2014 06:22 PM

                                    You. Me. Need to "break pudding" sometime.

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                                  HoosierFoodie RE: Doctormhl1 Jan 10, 2014 11:06 AM

                                  No way. When I was a small boy my sister told me tapioca were fish eyes. Nope. Can't do it.

                                  1. Delucacheesemonger RE: Doctormhl1 Jan 10, 2014 12:13 PM

                                    Big fan of all puddings, guess goes back to childhood.
                                    Love and make rice, tapioca, Boston Indian, even just made a grits pudding.

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                                      ipsedixit RE: Delucacheesemonger Jan 10, 2014 01:06 PM

                                      Do you like the skin too?

                                      I do.

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                                        Delucacheesemonger RE: ipsedixit Jan 10, 2014 06:19 PM

                                        l do but except for the baked ones, mine have no skin.

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                                          EWSflash RE: ipsedixit Jan 10, 2014 06:42 PM

                                          Me too.

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                                        Querencia RE: Doctormhl1 Jan 10, 2014 03:33 PM

                                        I make it a lot and always expect people to hate it but find the opposite, that people adore it. I use the Fluffy Tapioca recipe on the Minute Tapioca box, doubling the recipe and increasing the eggs from two to three. For guests I add a bowl of whipped cream and a bowl of fruit (often fresh strawberries) so people can customize. As a gift to people who are ill, tapioca gets eaten when nothing else is welcome. My husband poured liqueur over it, Amaretto or Chambord. And I have been known to enjoy a big bowl of tapioca for breakfast.

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                                          jeanmarieok RE: Querencia Jan 10, 2014 03:45 PM

                                          I made SO much of this when my kids were small. Delicious, nutritious, yummy, and fun to eat with the little tapioca bits. I'll use the Minute Tapioca in a pinch, but the bigger tapiocas are a real treat.

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                                            Chemicalkinetics RE: jeanmarieok Jan 10, 2014 06:28 PM

                                            < Delicious, nutritious, yummy, >


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                                          Wawsanham RE: Doctormhl1 Jan 10, 2014 05:02 PM

                                          Yes, I love tapioca, rice, and semolina puddings! With or without raisins, nuts, jams whatever.

                                          1. pikawicca RE: Doctormhl1 Jan 10, 2014 06:24 PM

                                            I love it, but none of the family members do.

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                                              sueatmo RE: Doctormhl1 Jan 10, 2014 06:25 PM

                                              I like homemade tapioca. Not too sweet. I saw a recipe for coconut tapioca online. I think that might be good.

                                              1. Chemicalkinetics RE: Doctormhl1 Jan 10, 2014 06:27 PM

                                                Are we talking about these tapioca pudding?


                                                or these?

                                                I like the typical commercial tapioca puddings, but I absolutely love the baked tapioca puddings.

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                                                  Delucacheesemonger RE: Chemicalkinetics Jan 10, 2014 06:32 PM

                                                  Someone suggested Kozyshack should change their name to additive pudding. And that is not fisheye tapioca which for me is the only one in contention.

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                                                    Chemicalkinetics RE: Delucacheesemonger Jan 10, 2014 06:44 PM

                                                    <Kozyshack should change their name to additive pudding.>

                                                    Teach me. Is something wrong with Kozyshack pudding? Are they made of some strange ingredients?

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                                                      Delucacheesemonger RE: Chemicalkinetics Jan 11, 2014 06:56 AM

                                                      Nah, my bad, made of good stuff. But for me too much sugar.

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                                                        Chemicalkinetics RE: Delucacheesemonger Jan 11, 2014 08:38 AM

                                                        Oh. I see. Thanks. I thought Kozyshack's tapico may be made something rather strange. I just looked up the ingredients. Sugar is indeed on the higher side:

                                                        Ingredients: low fat milk, sugar, tapioca, egg whites, modified tapioca starch, natural flavors, salt, annatto (color).

                                                        19 g of sugar per serving, so it is a little bit less than a typical candy bar.


                                                        A regular Kit Kat bar has 20 g. (Kit Kat is on the low side for candy bars)

                                                2. EWSflash RE: Doctormhl1 Jan 10, 2014 06:37 PM

                                                  LOVE it! But its closest counterpart, rice pudding, makes me gag. Literally. I love tapioca pudding, though

                                                  1. ipsedixit RE: Doctormhl1 Jan 11, 2014 03:52 PM

                                                    A gentle sprinkling of fleur de sel is magical on tapioca pudding.

                                                    If there ever was a garnish that was truly transformative, this would be it.

                                                    Utter bliss.

                                                    Excuse me now. I have to go and change my undergarments.

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                                                      jbsiegel RE: Doctormhl1 Jan 11, 2014 04:31 PM

                                                      Love it - "fish eyes 'n glue" - awesome!!

                                                      I don't like rice pudding at all with white rice. But with Arborio rice, bring it on!

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                                                        HillJ RE: Doctormhl1 Jan 22, 2014 07:35 AM

                                                        I agree-like or lump. I love rice pudding and most puddings but never grew to enjoy tapioca enough. It's probably the only homemade pudding I don't make. I'm not even sure why.

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