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Powdered Chocolate Frosting Mix?

vvvindaloo Jan 12, 2011 12:27 PM

My mother, a chocolate frosting fanatic, tells me that there was once a superior alternative to frosting in a tub (aside from making it yourself, of course): a mix to which you added butter and water and then whipped. Can anyone confirm the existence of this product, and let me know if it is still on the market?

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  1. chowser Jan 12, 2011 02:02 PM

    Was the mix just powdered sugar and cocoa, possibly dried milk? Because that's really all you'd need to add to butter and water to make a buttercream.

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      vvvindaloo Jan 12, 2011 10:22 PM

      That's what I'm guessing it was, but don't really know. The last time she saw it in stores was prob. the late 70s or early 80s.

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      mplitaly Jan 12, 2011 02:32 PM

      Trader Joes has one. Tried it last night and it is very good.

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        Glencora Jan 12, 2011 02:39 PM

        I agree. It's a bit too sweet for me, but it lacks the chemical aftertaste of the stuff in a tub.

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          vvvindaloo Jan 12, 2011 10:23 PM

          Obvously, this won't be the one she is remembering, but at least the option exists- good to know! Thanks!

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          Cathy Jan 12, 2011 02:36 PM

          Yes. Frosting never used to come premade in tubs. It was very distressing the first time I had to buy a premade tub. Such a waste. The best part was licking the blades clean...

          As mentioned, TJs just started carrying chocolate, but I don't like chocolate...

          1. gaffk Jan 12, 2011 02:47 PM

            Yep, I'll confirm it. I can't remember when tubs came into play, but as a kid in the 60s and 70s, boxed frosting was the staple (though I thought it was butter and milk, not water). Much better than the tub stuff. But of course not as good as scratch.

            1. GraceW Jan 12, 2011 06:00 PM

              I have seen frosting mixes at World Market too.


              I wish they never made the tub stuff. I am also a frosting fanatic, and I think if they never made it then my organs would be better off. I try to tell myself that it is SOOOOOO unhealthy and so processed, but I cannot Not eat it.

              Please someone say something horrible about the tub stuff that will keep me from eating it ever again. Please. Please. I need to never eat it.

              1. Rooner Jan 19, 2011 09:47 AM

                I know the exact frosting that your mother is talking about. I have thought about about it many times throughout the years. It was called Q-T Frosting and came in a small box. I don't thing it is around anymore. It was sooooo good. It melted in your mouth.

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                  vvvindaloo Jan 22, 2011 02:22 PM

                  Thanks, Rooner. Was Q-T related to My-T-Fine, by any chance? :)

                  1. re: vvvindaloo
                    Rooner Jan 25, 2011 01:02 PM

                    No, My T-Fine is pudding that you cook on the stove. Really good when eaten warm!

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                      jarona Jan 27, 2011 11:40 AM

                      Is My-T-Fine pudding stil around? Oh boy, I have such fond memories of that stuff..it was the first "dessert" my mother let me make and I felt as though I was the best little cook in the world! I also remember QT frosting--and it was very good--much better than the ready-made stuff out now.

                2. LoBrauHouseFrau Jan 25, 2011 06:15 PM

                  Jiffy makes a chocolate flavor as well as a white flavor.


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                    mamueller Jan 26, 2011 12:53 PM

                    My mother used to take that jiffy chocolate and whip it up with cream - makes a pretty tasty whip cream frosting!

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                    Sharoneonta Jan 27, 2011 10:46 AM

                    I get this at my local grocery store, but I live in Oregon and it's a bit easier to find organic here:


                    I've made it and thought it was good.

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                      vvvindaloo Jan 27, 2011 12:28 PM

                      Interesting, thanks. I know Fairway sells the Oetker organic puddings and gelatins. Maybe I'll check out the section a little more closely next time.

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