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Proof of the Pudding

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A sweet and simple snack, pudding instantly brings me back to my childhood with just one creamy spoonful. Though many different sorts of dishes can be called a pudding, including baked, savory ones, the pudding that first springs to my mind is the type cooked over the stove top, thickened with cornstarch, and enhanced with a touch of sugar. It’s also a treat that doesn’t appear often in my kitchen, for one reason or another. Perhaps it’s because the nostalgia remains in eating the pudding that magically would appear in the refrigerator, perfectly chilled and ready to savor. The idea of relentlessly whisking over a hot stove simply doesn’t share the same sort of happy memories.

Happily, WayFare Foods can allow all of us to remain kids at heart, no matter how far into adulthood we may have regrettably fallen, and still leave the work of pudding-making to the grown ups. Their new line of vegan puddings are remarkable for both what they’re made of, and what they’re not. Soy-free and gluten-free, they’re primarily composed of an innovative blend of millet, lima beans, rice, and oats. Better yet, you’d never guess your sweet pudding was ever made of such healthy ingredients! Not a hint of bean-like or cereal flavor gives away the secret, and I would feel perfectly confident offering these snacks to omnivores and picky children alike.

Offered in Vanilla, Chocolate, and Butterscotch flavors, each option was very straight-forward and uncomplicated in flavor, just like pudding aught to be. With a smooth, slightly sticky consistency, they were just rich enough to be satisfying, but still light on the palate. Well balanced between careful additions of sugar and salt, you could hardly go wrong with any of those flavors. Whereas the vanilla and chocolate are relatively mellow and easy to eat, be aware that the butterscotch is surprisingly strong in comparison, which may come as a positive or a negative aspect, depending on your preference.

The only real complaint I can come up with for these snack packs is that there’s no pudding skin for the old-fashioned pudding lover like myself. I suppose there are still some things that modern ready-made puddings can never replace.

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Author: Hannah Kaminsky

Author of My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Desserts, Vegan a la Mode, and Easy as Vegan Pie.

19 thoughts on “Proof of the Pudding

  1. These look great. I love the idea of not having to make pudding myself. :)

  2. Just this week, I have been craving vanilla pudding, even though I have not eaten it in, like, 10 years! I’m so excited to see these products. Thanks for the heads-up, Hannah!

  3. I love your picture of those puddings:)

  4. I never came across these when I was in the US, what a shame because they must be good (as you did not mention anything very disappointing except for the non-skin)

  5. It is amazing what people can do with food–it is ever the creative frontier.

  6. I was so excited for the butterscotch flavor but really disliked it. I couldn’t eat more than 2 bites. I am hesitant to try the other flavors for that reason but I suppose I will at some point.

  7. No pudding skin could be a deal breaker for me, but I am interested in trying the butterscotch flavor!

  8. I love pudding…my favourite is actually lemon pudding, but second to that is chocolate

  9. Thanks for the linking. :) I wish we had a soy-free pudding here, it’s nice to just have a pudding ready made from time to time. Butterscotch flavour seems interesting but my favourite will always be chocolate. :)

  10. This kind of pudding must be such an American thing, I never even really knew about them until I went to study at UVA! And then I bought eh Zensoy kind rather frequently… but is it inappropriate to mention a competitor on a blogpost like this? :P

  11. I really want to try this. It sounds so good!

  12. Lovely array of puddings!! Brings back childhood memories :)

  13. Oh sure, bring up long forgotten childhood memories. I didn’t know even know how much I miss pudding until saw your beautiful photo. Now I have to hunt these down. Thanks a bunch. ;-)

  14. Pudding skin = THE BEST. But I love pudding even without it! I would love to try one of these!

  15. I wish this was on facebook…

  16. How lovely! I have to say I haven’t really had much pudding in my vegan days, but oh how it reminds me of childhood! Great review!

  17. I love Wayfare’s cheeses, so I’m glad to hear the puddings are great too. I’ll have to keep an eye out for the butterscotch, that was my favorite flavor!

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