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Dec 6, 2012 03:56 PM

Are there any decent non-instant pudding mixes?

Ever since Royal's non-instant pudding disappeared, well, that was the end. Aren't there even any gourmet-type pudding mixes that aren't instant? The instant ones taste funny to me.

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  1. My-T-Fine is a brand I have used in the past... they have a "cook and serve" version.

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    1. re: iluvcookies

      I"ll second that recommendation. Grew up eating My-T-Fine and, imho, it's My-T-Tasty :)

    2. If you are going to use a mix that requires cooking, why not just make it from scratch?

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      1. re: rasputina

        +1. You can even scratch make it in the nuker.

        1. re: rasputina

          Yes... It doesn't take much more effort to make it from scratch.

          1. re: iluvcookies

            +3. It's stupid EZ and sooooooooooo much better.

          2. re: rasputina

            "If you are going to use a mix that requires cooking, why not just make it from scratch?"

            My thought exactly. Not much difference between the two processes.

          3. I agree, Fida- in my experience all instant mixes have been just awful. My-T-Fine cook & serve mixes are pretty good, and even Jello brand cook & serve are not bad. I miss the Royal mixes though, particularly their butterscotch.

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            1. re: eclecticsynergy

              I saw Royal cook and serve pudding in my supermarket this past weekend (Pathmark, suburban NYC)... the Jel Sert (makers of Royal) website didn't indicate anything about discontinuing the product either.

              1. re: iluvcookies

                That's interesting, Iluvcoookies - I haven't seen their non-instant pudding in years. I wonder if it still exists in some regions.

                I'll look for My-T-Fine, thanks. I always found their name off-putting, but I'll give it a try ... although I'm not sure if it's in NYC stores.

                1. re: Fida

                  I grew up in NYC and My-T-Fine has always been available here---it was my mother's "dessert specialty", though now that I know how to make my own, I don't use it that often. I'd post on the local board for where you are and see if anyone has seen it--It does exist in Pathmark in Yonkers (both Royal and My-T-Fine are sold there).

                2. re: iluvcookies

                  Yep. Royal still sells cook-to-serve puddings in Boston too, although I think the only flavors are chocolate, vanilla and butterscotch.

                  1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                    When I checked their website last Summer, the only butterscotch they listed was the instant kind. And while the cook & serve may still be made in chocolate & vanilla, they don't seem to be available in the Albany area anymore.

              2. Oetker puddings are pretty good IMO, usually found in the organic section in the mega store by me. Also seen at WF.


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                1. re: coney with everything

                  I tried the Oetker chocolate and it wasn't particularly chocolatey or creamy.

                2. Isn't Jello still making chocolate pudding that you cook? And, no, it doesn't taste like real pudding made with ingredients, but it tastes like Jello chocolate pudding and transports a person back to childhood. Actually, I make pie out of it---less milk so it's stiffer, a little Myer's rum added, and real whipped cream on top, in a baked pastry shell, then shaved chocolate on the cream.