So here we are with another review of one of Kozy Shack's bread pudding products. I was first put on to their bread puddings and this Kozy Shack Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding specifically in a review by Junk Food Guy, so I've tried to hold this flavor back as long as I could since he already had a review out there. But, being the comprehensive sort that I am and I'd like this blog to be, I figured it was my turn to put in my two cents. I picked up this four pack of 3.5 ounce cups at my friendly local Meijer on sale for $2.50 and each cup contains 150 calories per cup. Somehow, this is also all natural, so it's got that going for it.
As with all reviews, I'll break the taste down into hot and cold, but since the product is the same, let's start with the appearance. What you've got here is a yellow custard/pudding that has several large bread chunks mixed in. What is odd was that the apples and cinnamon were nowhere to be found until you stirred the cup up and then at the bottom was a compote of tiny apple pieces in a jam that was mixed with cinnamon. The apple and cinnamon smell was noticeable, but not particularly strong.
Cold Version: I'll start out with how this tasted cold and right out of the cup. In the instance of this cup, it was pretty much like all the others when looking at the consistency of the bread and the custard/pudding, although this one seemed a bit more gelatinous that the others when I put the spoonful into my mouth and I can honestly say that was a little off-putting. Outside of that, the custard carried a strong vanilla taste and the bread was doughy and chewy as you'd expect. As for the apple and cinnamon compote, the flavors were noticeable, but quite mild and frankly, cold apples and cold cinnamon, while appetizing, do not work as well together when they are put together.
Warm Version: Where apples and cinnamon work best together, in compote form like this, is when they are warm and after I heated this up for 45 seconds and tasted it, I was shocked by the night and day difference between the two flavors. The apple flavor got substantially stronger and became the predominant flavor. The cinnamon portion lost some of its strength when measured up against the apple flavor, but it was still potent enough to let you know it was there. What did get worse with the warmth was the bread and the custard/pudding itself. It held up better than the chocolate version, but still got runny and kind of soupy, which basically made everything in this cup the same texture since the apple cinnamon compote was already that way. Not the most appetizing thing in the world in terms of mouthfeel, but in terms of flavor, it was all there.
Buy It or Fly By It? I'll give this a BUY IT rating if you eat it cold. Although my review of the cold version was somewhat tepid, the chew provided by the bread complimenting the apple and cinnamon flavor made this appetizing. When everything just became kind of a soupy mess when warm, this one kind of lost its appeal, even though the flavors were all there. So, since the flavors are there in either preparation method, this review comes down to how you want it to feel in your mouth and that's a personal preference. I prefer cold, but you may feel differently. I guess you'll just have to buy it and try it to find out!