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Use for instant pudding mix?

Recently I bought a package of instant vanilla pudding mix to use for Nanaimo bars. I only used a few tablespoons and now have half the box yet. The idea of making instant pudding isn't particularly appealing to me -- anyone have any recipe suggestions that would use it up?

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  1. Never had it but read about mixing it with cool whip for a lighter (healthwise) frosting for a cupcake. Although it seems a little like that Recombinant cuisine we were talking about earlier.

    1. you can put it in a cake mix..... i think.

      1. There are lots of 1970s cake recipes that call for boxed cake mix and instant pudding. Even if it's an already added pudding cake mix, a little more only makes it better.

        One I make quite often (by request!) is Black Russian cake, which calls for devils food plus instant chocolate pudding. And of course vodka and kahlua!
        Probably wouldn't matter if it was vanilla really.

        But for vanilla pudding, I would buy a graham cracker or premade Nilla wafer pie shell, put a few banana slices on the bottom, make the pudding as directed for pies and then top off with some real whipped cream.

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        1. re: coll

          If you make your own nilla wager pie crust with butter it is even better.

          1. re: melpy

            I make individual cupcakes with the Nilla wafers, and the pie with a regular crust. The Nilla crust was a fun twist, got it on closeout, was quite the hit with the guys.

        2. Add it to a cake batter since you don't have much left.

          But when we're in the mood for dirty desserts we make

          Graham cracker & pudding icebox cake
          Layers of chocolate & vanilla pudding typically with graham crackers layered btwn the flavors. Chilled and sliced. Comfort food.

          Light and lemony cake with lemon instant pudding, whipped cream and graham cracker crumbs between the layers.

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          1. re: HillJ

            My mom added bananas to her icebox cake. I think we could have whipped cream from the can if we wanted on it.

            1. re: melpy

              Yup, bananas are really good with pudding.

          2. Add to plain pancake mix, a cup of warm milk, a cup of hot chocolate

              1. Add it to a smoothie to thicken it,

                1. I believe the Cinnabon recipe calls for it.

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                  1. re: weezieduzzit

                    Yep, I use vanilla pudding in my cinnamon roll recipe (it's not THE cinnabon recipe but similar) I made a batch last weekend....so so good!

                    Mix it up per the box instructions and use it in a punch bowl cake; layers of cake (any cake or brownie cut up) fresh fruit (any that corresponds to the flavor of cake) and whipped cream. Very popular for a crowd

                    1. re: Cherylptw

                      The Holland America Cruise Lines use pudding in their Cinnamon Roll recipe:


                  2. There are some recipes for cookies from New Zealand that seem to have a spoonful or two of custard powder in them. I was just reading a cookbook where the author said his mother used custard powder (for which vanilla pudding mix is basically equivalent) as a substitute for cornstarch in a recipe if she was out of vanilla. I think it was Dan Lepard's Short and Sweet.

                    Instant pudding isn't bad in a jelly roll, but I have concluded white chocolate is tastier than vanilla. It's a yummier bland, instead of aggressively faux vanilla.

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                    1. re: willownt

                      Now that's a good tip, pudding mix to sub for cornstarch. Makes sense but I never would have thought. Although I mostly use it to thicken sauces, maybe chocolate pudding would be better ;-)

                    2. I make a kind of sticky bun Bundy. You put frozen bread rolls in a greased Bundy, top with brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla pudding powder and melted butter. It sits on the counter overnight and you bake it up in the morning. I think it's a Best of Bridges recipe, my Mom used to make it years ago for a breakfast treat at the cottage. I now make it for holiday mornings.