I was at Wal-Mart the other day and they have the most amazing selection of Sugar Free, Fat Free Instant Pudding. Have you seen it? It’s like a Jell-O Mecca! I was so excited, I bought 5 different kinds as visions of pudding pops, pudding pudding and possibly even pudding pies popped into my head. All made healthy because I had a secret weapon at home!
I rushed home with my goodies and immediately headed into the kitchen to whip together some white chocolate pudding. I look at the box to find out how much Vanilla Soy Milk I need to add, because that is what I have at home and I see this:
What’s the French, Toast? Are you KIDDING me? “Pudding will not set if made with soy milk.” How am I supposed to make pudding now? I don’t have regular milk. I rarely have regular milk.
Random tangent ahead, beware…
I feel bad for the milk cows. Have you ever heard the phrase “God Bless a Milk Cow!” uttered (haha) out of frustration? Well, I believe it! I don’t think it’s fair that they have to live in post partum state just so I can drink cow milk when I can drink soy milk. Do I still eat cheese? Yes. All the time. Does this make sense? No. Not at all. I love cheese and I will not give it up for any reason…but milk, that is something that I will usually pass on. I guess not, not anymore, because Instant Pudding is MILKIST! It’s Anti-Soy Milk!
/end random tangent.
Not one to give up on my dreams. I did some reading on the subject and found that if you attempt to make pudding with soy milk, which trust me, I almost did because I tend not to believe what packaging tells me…you get pudding flavored soy milk. Eww.
But, guess what? Upon even more research (I gave up quite easily the first time I looked into it) I found a LOOP HOLE! You just use 1 – 1 1/2 cups of soy milk per package of instant pudding instead of 2 cups of regular milk as called for. I like a thicker pudding, so I used 1 cup and 2 Tbsp of Light Vanilla Soy Milk mixed with the Cheesecake flavored Sugar Free, Fat Free Instant Pudding mix. The end result was a very smooth, luscious cheesecake pudding that was the perfect consistency (for me). So perfect in fact, I served it in a fancy glass, cause that’s how I roll!
The lesson in this pudding story? Never give up on your dreams. I dreamt of a cow milk-less instant pudding and with a little help of the interwebs, I made my dream a reality, so can you!