I'm right there with you...I'm interested to see the responses you get.
Mine is more like Vanilla Soup... yuck..
There are tons of things you can do- if it's a texture issue, add more or less water. Consider freezing it! You can also add 8oz of water and make it a shake..
If it's the taste, add SF syrups or flavoring.
There also are TONS of recipes on this board- there's a handy-dandy search box at the top right of every forum and in every thread, just type in "pudding" and it will show the threads with pudding recipes...
Make it into a hot drink. Mix it up with 8 ounces or more of water, add a tablespoon of sugar free caramel syrup and a dash of ground cinnamon. Stir until lump-free, heat as you would a hot cocoa or cappuccino. Stir again and enjoy. I just tried this today. I have lots of pudding just taking up space in my cabinet, so I decided to experiment, and it turned out delicious.
Just change up the sugar-free syrups to suit your tastes...
I have heard about adding a small amount of water then a cup of ice and making it into a shake!..
I found that making it in my Health mate blender, then putting it into the fridge to set makes it come out like Jell-O pudding, rather than milky water. I know completely what you mean, and this trick made a night and day difference!.
Pudding does make a great shake. It also makes a great pudding pop when frozen!..
I just make it with ice water, wisk with a fork-no lumps. Great with Walden Farms-WF-blueberry syrup-a real favorite of mine...
I made mine into a shake for the first time today and it was the best shake ever! I did 8 oz water, 1 packet via instant coffee and crushed ice. Blended it all together, froze it for 15 minutes and then blended again and it was the richest, most luscious shake ever!..
I love making pudding shakes! I'm a convert, I don't think I can go back to the regular shakes now (which I liked just fine)...
Try blending the vanilla pudding with diet root beer & ice...or diet orange soda & ice...or some other flavored diet soda and ice. YUMMY!..
I add 1 pkt of Splenda. To me, that makes a world of difference. It's also great mixed with Diet Cream Soda...
I just did something similar. Instead of blueberry syrup, I used Walden Farms blueberry jelly and blended it in my single serving size blender. One tablespoon of the jelly did the trick. It tasted just like yogurt...
I don't like the vanilla pudding either. But I need to use up the freebies I received from my VIP membership.
I like to make soft serve. 1/2 cup ice, 1 cup water, a splash of vanilla extract (I haven't measured it out - I just pour a smidge in), and 1T cream cheese (your healthy fat). Freeze for 1/2 hour - 1 hour. Yum. Good with chocolate pudding, too!.
I've been making mine with ice and a little water - makes a great shake! I love the sound of mixing with diet flavored soda though! Going to try that next time!..
Thanks to this thread, I finally tried the vanilla pudding as a shake. Wow, I can see what people are talking about!.
I hate the vanilla & banana puddings and french vanilla and banana creme shakes by themselves, but I remembered a smoothie that I used to love to get that was a vanilla/banana/PB one. So I mixed one vanilla pudding, one banana creme shake and PB2 with 1.5 cups of water and 1 cup of ice and mixed in my Magic Bullet. The vanilla pudding mellowed out the way too sweet banana creme shake and the PB2 with it all was heavenly. Thick, rick and yummy! I was going to call the customer service center to return all my vanilla & banana puddings and my vanilla and banana shakes, but I think I'll hang on to them now!..
I don't order them anymore but when I did eat them I would put some cinnamon in them and it kinda reminded me of pie filling..
I hated all the puddings in the beginning, because I could never get them to mix smooth, even in a blender bottle. But then I got out the power tools- I've been whipping the banana pudding the night before with a handmixer (cake-mixer with beaters) and letting it set in the 'fridge until the next afternoon and it is SO good- silky, thick and fluffy, like a mousse. I haven't tried it with the vanilla, but I'm going to with some added flavor drops and nutmeg (the vanilla really is bland.).
I've been having problems with my recent package of chocolate pudding, though- it's soupy and thin no matter what I do to it (I've fed my failed experiments to my hubby, who is not medifasting- if I can only eat certain things, I make sure they're good! He will eat anything, though ;-).) My choc pudding in my first package was fine. Maybe different "lots" of the food are slightly different in consistency? I know some people have complaned about variations in taste. Maybe the "runny puddings" are just due to getting an off lot productions?..
Try pumpkin pie spice, that helped me tolerate it. Still not my favorite..
I add just a tiny bit less than the 4 oz of water and 1 ice cube and then I add the pudding mix into my shaker cup and shake until I can't hear the ice cube anymore...comes out thick and wonderful. I like it even better if I let it sit in the fridge for an hour or two. Sometimes I just make mine the night before...