Thursday, March 8, 2012

Review: Kozy Shack No Sugar Added Tapioca Pudding

Not only do I have a strange infatuation with pudding, I even have a stranger love/infatuation with Tapioca pudding.  I'm not sure whether it is because I like the texture of the pudding with the Tapioca morsels in it or I just like the way that it tastes (or maybe both), but I try and get my hands on it whenever I can.  I wasn't impressed with Kozy Shack last time I tried one of their products, but when I see sugar free versions of one of my favorite types of pudding, they've got me hook, line and sinker and that's why I picked up this four pack of Kozy Shack's Sugar Free Tapioca pudding at Meijer on sale for $2.00.  Each four pack consists of four ounce cups that come it at 70 calories per cup.

As you can see this pudding is made up of a standard milky pudding mix with tapioca pieces (Kozy Shack calls them "pearls) mixed into the pudding.  Think of the texture being similar to rice pudding if you've ever had or seen that.  I tried to get a decent shot of these tapioca "pearls" in my picture above, but wasn't particularly successful.  If you are looking for them, look for the lumps in the pudding or the little, clear pellet-looking pieces.  As for the pudding itself, it wasn't particular stiff or hearty.  In fact, it was very loose and sort of runny.  Weird.

With my first spoonful, I was less than impressed and began to think that I landed on another Kozy Shack stinker.  But, with each successive spoonful, I grew to like this more and more.  The pudding was essentially flavorless...well, that's not true...the pudding tasted like a thicker version of skim milk and lacked a sweetness that you would expect in these puddings.  The ingredients said there was Splenda in there, but they didn't put enough because it lacked the sweetness of a regular sugar free pudding.  The tapioca pieces were about what you'd expect as they added their distinct tapioca taste and also the nice texture to break up the very loose and runny pudding.  What is that distinct tapioca taste?  Well, that's a good question and not really one that I can answer.  It's something that you'll know it once you've had it.  Other than that, I can't think of a way to describe it.

Buy It or Fly By It?  This is a toughie.  I've had better tapioca puddings, but this one was not bad.  It had its flaws (thin pudding, not enough sweetness), but the flaws weren't enough to ruin it for me.  Maybe my love of tapioca is too strong and clouding my judgment on this one, but I think I've got to give it a BUY IT rating with one caveat:  only if you can get it at this sale price or less.  If you end up having to pay more for a four pack, you are really getting hosed and the law of diminishing returns applies because the taste really isn't worth that.  At $2.00 for a four pack, it's an okay deal and worth a purchase.


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