I remember buying instant chocolate pudding mix for 39 cents. I suppose it was on sale and probably and "off"brand, but still... when I looked today, the store brand was 69 cents.
Now, you might not think that's much to quibble about but if everything you bought went up almost double, wouldn't that be worth doing something about? I know we can't do anything about the prices but we can do something about what we buy and how we obtain the things we want without paying the going price .
Chocolate pudding (or any pudding, for that matter) is very easy to make and requires nothing special. It may not be instant but it's still pretty quick and makes a great, cheap dessert or snack.
You will need:
- 2 3/4 cups of whole milk
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 3 tablespoons of baker's cocoa (the unsweetened kind)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Put all the dry ingredients into a large pan and add milk; stir to mix. Heat to a slow boil, stirring constantly and cook until it thickens enough to coat the back of a metal spoon. Take off the heat, add vanilla and butter.
Ingredients always seem to cost more than the store bought product but can make a lot of pudding with a box of cornstarch and one of cocoa.
You can substitute whole milk for skim or 2% if you add a couple of tablespoons more butter, or you can use evaporated milk, reconstituted. Powdered milk or nondairy milk can be used, too.