Thursday, May 5, 2011

Simple Pleasure: Instant Chocolate Pudding

When I was pregnant with my first son, my favorite snack was Jello instant chocolate pudding topped with salted peanuts. I would sit in bed at night, place the bowl on my belly, and watch in delight as Yusef would literally kick around in there and move the bowl from left to right.

For some reason, many years ago, all Jello products went off the grocery store shelves never to return again. The other day, a friend gave me four boxes of instant pudding that someone had given her -- 2 chocolate and 2 vanilla. They are a Meijer brand which is a grocery store chain in Michigan where my aunt lives. Stores are also located in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky.

I added some peanuts and a bit of coconut for a sweet treat to start the weekend.
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For more simple pleasures, please visit Dayle at A Collection of This and That. Hope you are having a great day! Peace & blessings, Tammy

35 comments:

Claus said...

sounds yummy! anything chocolate: I want! :o) But I have never tried Jello; not something you find around here that easily.
Have a lovely weekend!

Marilyn said...

When I was pregnant all I craved was salads.... Tossed...Macaroni...seafood...potatoe...To this day I love salads!!
Love,
Marilyn

Kay K said...

Sounds and looks yummy !~~enjoy ~~~

Jan said...

Jello makes Instant Pudding...I buy it all the time. And our local Kroeger makes one, too. Perhaps you can't get it there? I can send some if you'd like!
Did you ever make that old recipe with instant pudding topped with cool whip and a pecan crust? I think it was called "Better Than Sex". lol
Nice photo of you and Yusef! That's about how I looked, too! Big hair and big belly!
Later alligator...gotta go out while it's nice!

Hugs
Jan

Cindy said...

Can't say I have ever tried that, but think I might just have too. It's chocolate and anything with chocolate I will try. :)

Hugs,
Cindy

Heather - The Good Life said...

Sounds good Tammy. Great photo of you and a fun memory. We have Meijer stores here in the Cinti area. Thanks for popping over to my "place" this morning. Hope you have an enjoyable weekend. :-)

La Dolce Vita said...

looks great and enjoyed the photo of you too! sweet story!!

Susan said...

Hi Tammy...So glad you got the pudding. Uh oh. Could that be?????? Preggie? Hee hee Just kidding. Loved the photo. Enjoy all the rest of the pudding. Susan

Christine said...

What a combination!
Woo hoo! I'm off to make some myself. I've got the ingredients.

Anonymous said...

I would never know that is you!!! HA! How wonderful that you got to enjoy a sweet treat today. Even better that it reminded of you special memories from so long ago. Sounds like a nice way to start the weekend. Hope it is a good one for you!!!

XOXOXO
Renee

Dayle said...

Oooh ... yum! I love chocolate pudding. I generally top mine with pecans and Cool Whip. I'll have to try peanuts and coconut. I can't believe you don't have Jell-O products in your stores. Not cool.

Linda said...

Sweet memory and sweet treat. Love the photo.

Kimmie said...

It sounds like an early Mother's Day treat! And it sounds delicious too :)

Happy@Home said...

Adding salted peanuts to chocolate pudding is something I'd never thought of, but it sure does sound scrumptious. I'll have to try it.
We used to always shop at Meijer's when we lived in Michigan.

My Grama's Soul said...

Oh boy.....do I ever remember chocolate pudding. As a kid...it was one of my favorites....only my mom made the kind you had to cook on the stove. I'm not sure the instant was even invented then!! LOL LOL

xo

Jo

Diane said...

I'm glad you got your hands on some, Tammy. Nothing like those good old tastes. Diane

Ms.Daisy said...

Hi,
I really do like a good chocolate pudding but never thought of salted peanuts or coconut! May have to try that combo. Great picture!


~Jean

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tammy,

I enjoyed reading your lovely story and beautiful photo of you. Isn't it funny how you so often had cravings when you were pregnant.
I used to love instant puddings too.

Happy weekend
Hugs
Carolyn

Joan said...

Chocolate (in almost any form) is certainly a simple pleasure.

Blessings,
Joan

Trish @ Lily-Rose Cottage said...

What a nice gift from your friend!
I'm sure you felt content tucking into your chocolate pudding.. and thinking back to that special time of waiting :-)
blessings..Trish

Mariette said...

Dearest Tammy,

What a fond memory shared! Now Yusef might understand it better while tasting him Mom's cravings at that time...
Have a look at my incredible futuristic video!

Lots of love,

Mariette

The English Romantic said...

Sometimes you just NEED!!chocolate. This sounds yummy

A Cottage Muse said...

Now that is a delicious memory in a bowl!!

Debbie said...

Oh goodness... I hope Jello pudding never goes off the market here. I'd be sunk because it's a favorite, favorite treat. In fact, when I opened this thumbnail, I started smiling in anticipation.

Now, I've never even thought to add peanuts. I'm imagining the taste right now, and YUM.

Tammy @ Type A said...

thanks for the sweet comment on my post! looks like you've been every where, how exciting!

Colleen said...

Hi Tammy, Thanks so much for stopping by and your sweet comments!! You have a beautiful blog - love the pictures and so nice to see a reader come from so faraway!!

Yarni Gras! said...

how sweet to get some again.....

crochet lady said...

It's funny the cravings we get. I craved apple crisp with my first. One time I even ate a square pan full by myself :)

Chocolate pudding sounds good. Before I had kids I didn't even like chocolate, now I can't seem to get enough. I wonder why that is.

nanny said...

That's funny....was he getting a little chocolate high? We still have jello puddings here, it you want some, give me your address....be glad to send you a supply! I am a vanilla lover myself!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Simple pleasures are the very best... and chocolate and salty peanuts... I think you were at the zenith of pleasures! And, Yusef must have thougt so too! LOL! blessings ~ tanna

glor said...

Never tried salted peanuts on the pudding, I must try that, sounds so very good. How cute is this picture of you and Yusef! LOL Happy Mother's Day.

Deb said...

Wow, you mean there is no Jell-O to be found anywhere in Kuwait? Not even another brand?

Melissa said...

I too was a big fan of chocolate pudding when pregnant with Muni. I would actually go through a six pack without blinking an eye. I dont know why they don't have even jell-0 here anymore. I love being nostalgic. Are you missing begin pregnant my friend...lol! Glad to know that you got to indulge in one of your favortie past time treats.

Kathleen said...

I'm not sure what kind of pudding Jell O is but add nuts to anything and I'll eat it! Great photo by the way.

Carole said...

That reminds me of the instant flan from a box my aunt used to make for me. I've never forgotten it. It was sooooo good.

hugs,
Carole

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