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Tnuva pudding

I was shopping at Costco in Northridge, CA today and saw Tnuva chocolate pudding cups. It is possible they have been selling them for a while, but it is the first time I have noticed them. I think there were eight in the package; unfortunately I neglected to write down the price. The English certs are OU D and Cholav Yisrael. I don't read Hebrew, so if those were additional ones, I can't tell you which.

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  1. I have always preferred the American puddings (Hunts, Jello, etc.) to the Israeli brands, though they are not chalav Yisrael, of course.

    1. I think the price was about $7.99/12.

      I prefer the American pudding cups as well. Usually I buy Jello brand 60 calorie sugar free chocolate or vanilla- recently I bought Wegman's brand. Half the price and great taste.

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      1. re: cheesecake17

        If the Israeli ones are coming out to 66 cents each, the American ones are also far more cost effective. You can sometimes find the four-packs on sale for as little as a dollar, and often for $1.50, making each cup cost about 25 to 40 cents each.

        As much as I feel it's important to support the Israeli economy, I have posted before about how I feel about shipping products halfway across the globe when we have the same stuff here. It's not as bad as shipping something like butter, which is, essentially, exactly the same, but it's pretty close. And even though it qualifies as chalav Yisrael, I imagine there are also chalav Yisrael puddings available here which don't need to be brought in from Israel.

        1. re: queenscook

          The American brands are more cost effective.. but like you said not C.Y. The Kosher supermarkets in Brooklyn have many different brands of chocolate/vanilla puddings- I don't remember American or imported- but I've never seen one that has as few calories as the Jello brand.

          There was one chocolate pudding that I bought for Passover- it was almond based- that was fantastic. Not too many calories and about $2 for 4 cups. Didn't taste parve and wasn't too caloric. Never saw it after Passover...

            1. re: shoelace

              no.. but it was definitely a 'Jewish' brand.. possibly Israeli. It was much tastier than the Zen Soy puddings..

          1. re: queenscook

            So sorry but I must disagre on the butter issue. Tnuva butter tastes so much better than the Ameican name branded buitter. We recently made the switch to using Tnuva full time. In the past I woudl often buy a store brand butter for things like mac and cheese (and yes I use that orange powder type!) and branded butter for other uses, but now I use the Tnuva even in my mac and cheese.

            1. re: Prettypoodle

              Have you tried premium American brands or just the main stream Land O'Lakes/Breakstone's/store brand? I haven't done taste comparisons myself, but I would imagine for the price of importing from Israel you can find a higher quality local butter that tastes better than Tnuva.

              1. re: avitrek

                I use Costco or Wegman's brand butter. As long as it's fresh, it doesn't pick up any odors. As good plain on toast as it is for baking.

        2. Looks like I'm in the minority here, but I vastly prefer the Israeli pudding over American pudding... though I only eat chalav Yisrael, so I'm not comparing it to Kraft / Jello.

          In terms of the almond pudding -- the company name slips my mind, but I know what you mean... and I've seen it around within the last week.

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          1. re: maga

            out of curiosity.. which American brands are Chalav Yisrael?

            any idea where you saw the almond pudding?

            1. re: cheesecake17

              The only American brands I know of that are Chalav Yisrael are J&J and Mehadrin... and I've never actually tried either of those. My comparison is based upon a very brief period of time in which I ate the Kraft pudding.

              The almond pudding brand is, I believe, Hateva. I saw it in Brooklyn.

              1. re: maga

                "I vastly prefer the Israeli pudding over American pudding... though I only eat chalav Yisrael, so I'm not comparing it to Kraft / Jello." - Maga

                "The only American brands I know of that are Chalav Yisrael are J&J and Mehadrin... and I've never actually tried either of those. My comparison is based upon a very brief period of time in which I ate the Kraft pudding." - Maga

                So which is it? Do you prefer Tnuva to American Chalav Yisrael brands, or do you prefer it to Kraft?

                1. re: avitrek

                  I prefer Tnuva to Kraft. I've never tried the American Chalav Yisrael brands, nor do I want to... in general, I've always found Israeli dairy preferable to the American varieties.

                2. re: maga

                  Thanks, I'll look for it when I go shopping next week.

                  1. re: maga

                    I saw it in Gourmet Glatt near the soy yogurts.