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Tapioca pudding- like it or lump it?

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

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

    1. 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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      1. re: pesto

        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.

      2. 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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        1. re: salsailsa

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

          1. 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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            1. re: Boccone Dolce

              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.

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

              1. I love it.

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

                1. 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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                  1. re: Morganna

                    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. 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. love it. I'm a texture gal.

                      1. 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. 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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                          1. 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.

                            1. 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. 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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                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                  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.

                                  1. re: nothingswrong

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

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

                                  1. 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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                                      1. re: ipsedixit

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

                                      2. 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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                                        1. re: Querencia

                                          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.

                                          1. re: jeanmarieok

                                            < Delicious, nutritious, yummy, >


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

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

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

                                              1. 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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                                                1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                  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.

                                                  1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                                                    <Kozyshack should change their name to additive pudding.>

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

                                                    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

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

                                                      1. re: Delucacheesemonger

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

                                                  1. 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.

                                                    1. 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!

                                                      1. 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.