Jell-O Chocolate Pudding

Kcal 80 Fat 0g Fat (Sat) 0g Carbs 8g (per ¼ pack with skimmed milk)

The Jell-O range by Kraft has been around since 1897 and comes in two forms. Jello being the American term for jelly, the first of these should come as no surprise: gelatine dessert. The second, however, is called ‘instant pudding’, which makes the name ‘Jell-O’ a bit confusing. These various flavoured puddings are actually more akin to a mousse, although I am hesitant to use that term, as I was hard pressed to find any recognisable mousse ingredients on the package. The closest I could come to was ‘modified cornstarch’ and ‘cocoa processed with alkali’. If you are looking for natural food, this ‘Chocolate Flavor Jell-O’ is probably not going to be for you, but any dieting chocoholics who are struggling to go cold turkey might want to give it a go.

Sent to me by American Soda, the packaging is not the most attractive thing in the world; the picture of the pudding does look more like a turd than anything you might want to eat. Jell-O Chocolate Pudding is both sugar free, fat free, and only eighty calories a portion when mixed with skimmed milk. I admit to being sceptical about how chocolatey such a pudding could taste, but when I opened the packet, I was pleasantly surprised by the dark cocoa aroma that greeted me.

Making the pudding is very easy; simply whisk two cups of milk (240ml) with the powder for a couple of minutes, and then chill it in the fridge to soft set. The packet recommends skimmed milk and says the pudding won’t set if you use soya. I assume all other alternative milks are fine as I used almond and it worked just fine.

Textured exactly like an incredibly smooth mousse, the pudding tastes just like semi-sweet chocolate, and has a lovely cooling sensation. It tastes far too good to be fat free, and its aerated volume makes it a fully satisfying treat after a main meal.

Aside from the mousse-like pudding, there are also instructions on how to make your very own chocolate pops. Instead of pouring the mixture into glasses and putting them in the fridge, you can pour the mixture into ice cube trays and insert lolly pop sticks into the centre before putting them in the freezer. These are great in hot weather, but I found that the coldness inhibited the flavour somewhat.

Kraft’s Jell-O Chocolate Pudding is a surprising delight as it manages to make an angelic fat and sugar free instant pudding taste like something highly indulgent.

 Presentation: 6
Aroma: 8
Taste: 7.5
Sustenance: 10
Texture: 9
Overall: 8.1