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Are there any decent non-instant pudding mixes?

Fida Dec 6, 2012 03:56 PM

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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    Querencia Dec 13, 2012 06:36 PM

    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.

    1. coney with everything Dec 11, 2012 05:55 AM

      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
        chocolatetartguy Dec 13, 2012 12:23 PM

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

      2. eclecticsynergy Dec 8, 2012 09:36 PM

        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
          iluvcookies Dec 10, 2012 10:06 AM

          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.

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            Fida Dec 10, 2012 02:51 PM

            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.

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              iluvcookies Dec 10, 2012 04:25 PM

              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
              Jenny Ondioline Dec 12, 2012 05:04 PM

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

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                eclecticsynergy Dec 13, 2012 01:24 AM

                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.

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            rasputina Dec 6, 2012 04:56 PM

            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
              sandylc Dec 7, 2012 02:26 PM

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

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                iluvcookies Dec 7, 2012 04:05 PM

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

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                  Erika L Dec 8, 2012 04:14 PM

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

                2. re: rasputina
                  PotatoHouse Dec 12, 2012 04:56 PM

                  "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. iluvcookies Dec 6, 2012 04:54 PM

                  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
                    fisher Dec 7, 2012 09:54 AM

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

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