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I figured that it’s time to try something pumpkin now that the rest of the blog world has erupted in pumpkin mania! Thanks to Michelle and Kozy Shack for making these tastings possible!
This product is both a pudding and a pie filling that can be baked into a crust for pumpkin pie. Imagine how much time it’ll save ya!! I of course, ate it as if it were yogurt and topped it with cereal, milk, and dried fruit.
Ingredients: milk, pumpkin, brown sugar, cream, modified food starch, eggs, salt, allspice, carrageenan
Tastiness: 7/10 The first few bites were bliss – sweet cinnamon, pumpkin, and a rich velvety texture. The second phase…beginning to be overwhelmed by yolky creaminess. Phase 3, I know I have to stop eating this before something bad happens. Too thick, too eggy, creamy and dense in one go puts a stop to my tasting. I wanted to love this pudding, but it was not meant to be eaten in less than 1 serving at a time, and definitely benefits from some acidity. Which is why when I eat my pumpkin pudding, I eat it with dried apples (and it is a match made in heaven)!
Kozy Shack Simply Well Puddings
What makes them good for ya you say? At only 100 calories a cup, a simple ingredient list you can pronounce, fortified with vitamin E, D, AND fiber, the Kozy Shack Simply Well product line is a snack you should definitely check out if you’re a pudding fan! Their creative flavors distinguish the products from the pack and include: Dark chocolate, French vanilla, Green Tea Chai, Lemon Ginger, and Pear Mangosteen.
Simply Well Dark Chocolate Pudding
Ingredients: Lowfat Milk (vitamin A and D), Sugar, Modified Tapioca Starch, Cocoa Powder, Inulin (Natural Dietary Fiber), Natural Colors and Flavors, Salt, Cocoa Extract, Carrageenan, Vitamin E Acetate
Tastiness: 9/10. I was thoroughly impressed with this pudding. If you like dark chocolate and cold, creamy textures, you will like this product! This pudding is nothing like the artificial, grainy, overly sweet chocolate puddings I have had in the past. It was NOT overpowered by a milky or eggy flavor (something that I tasted in the lemon ginger flavor) and definitely an indulgent-tasting, decadent treat that I would consider “good” for me. Yup, I ate it atop a bit of vegan pumpkin bread. YUM. I’d definitely buy this again.
Simply Well Lemon Ginger Pudding
Ingredients: Lowfat Milk (vitamin A and D), Sugar, Modified Tapioca Starch, Inulin (Natural Dietary Fiber), Eggs, Natural Flavors, Salt, Ginger Extract, Carrageenan, Vitamin E Acetate, Beta Carotene (color)
Tastiness: 6/10. This pudding tastes almost like a sweeter, eggier lemon meringue pie…except lacking in tartness and heavy on the milk. The creamy consistency of the pudding was rich and comforting, while the light ginger flavor reminded that this was in fact supposed to be health food. While the pudding was pleasant at best, I wish it had a little more acidity to offset the cream and egg flavor.
Overall: Not jumpin’ up and down about this flavor. When I think lemon-ginger, I think light, but the dairy and eggs in pudding make it a little heavy and dense for me personally. The added fiber and health benefits of ginger redeem it a little bit.
***Kozy Shack Soy Puddings***
Lactose free, gluten free, low fat, all natural! Kozy Shack soy puddings are certified organic according to NOP rule by Certisys.
Both vanilla and chocolate flavors are available, ranging between 110 and 120 calories per cup. Check out the website for nutritional stats and more information!
Kozy Shack vanilla soy pudding
Tastiness: 8/10. Sweet, creamy, and ever so slightly gelatinous. This vanilla pudding only fell short of my expectations because it simply doesn’t compare to the smoothness of the regular, non-soy Kozy Shack puddings. I felt the vanilla could have been a little stronger, but overall I really enjoyed the lightness of the pudding. Consistency-wise, there is definitely an element of gritty after-taste, as well as a gelatinous (slightly off-putting and jello-like) consistency to it.
Chocolate soy pudding
Tastiness: 7/10. I cannot say I’m a fan because the flavor and texture doesn’t quite measure up to the Kozy shack Simply Well dark chocolate pudding, which is incredibly yummy. Yes, it’s sweet and there is a milkier chocolate flavor, but the flavor is a tad off, and the gritty texture is more distracting in the chocolate flavor than the vanilla.
Verdit: For lactose intolerant folks, I would recommend the vanilla over the chocolate. However if you’re a diehard cocoa fan, I would say go for the chocolate! You may not care so much about the gelatinous or gritty texture as I do, and I am only super-sensitive because I’ve had a LOT of regular pudding in my lifetime so there’s a lot to live up to. Personally, I can’t imagine my life without dairy products, but Kozy Shack gives a great alternative to satisfy that pudding craving.