The Dr. Oetker brand has long been known for its baking mixes, which let you make everything from crème caramel to mousse in a jiffy. Now it has an Organics line that runs from cookies to muffins. The pudding line includes chocolate, vanilla, coconut, butterscotch and banana.
I’m a sucker for chocolate pudding and all of the comfort it brings, so picking a type was easy. So was the assembly. Stir 2 cups cold milk into the pudding mix, which is made from organic cane sugar, organic cornstarch, organic cocoa and salt. Stir constantly over medium heat until it begins to thicken. This will take some time, so have some music or the TV on the background to keep you entertained while you stir and stir.
I actually like the way you sense the starch begin to do its job and thicken as it slowly moves from liquid to a silky surface over the bottom of the pot and the wooden spoon. Then it gradually gets richer and denser until the pudding forms. You’re not through stirring yet, but the aroma of the chocolate that fills the air makes any effort worth it as you finish off the dish before pouring it into cups.
The flavor is less sweet than most American pudding (Dr. Oetker comes from Canada), which makes it even more inviting.
One 4.5-ounce box, which makes four servings, sells for just under $2 at Sun Harvest.