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This is similar to one that I make. We call it Dad's Fruit Salad. I like taking it to potlucks because the pudding thickens the juice and doesn't run all over the plate! I use pineapple tidbits and fruitcocktail and drain a can of mandarin oranges. Lots of options for this salad and it looks pretty too. I have also taken it to camping potlucks because if everything is chilled all I have to do is open cans and mix!
what is the vanilla instant pudding mix? We do not have that over here in the UK so what is it, and what can we use instead of it please?
Jenny in the UK
instead of the pudding mix, i drain the fruit, and use a jar of baby food bananas (or two, depending oh how much fruit is there) as the "binder". works great, and you can lick out the jar... i'm going to try the pudding mix, next time. sounds great!
"life is a banquet, and most poor fools are out there, starving to death!"--"auntie mame"
Looks and sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing.
>>what is the vanilla instant pudding mix? We do not have that over here in the UK so what is it, and what can we use instead of it please?<<
My mom makes a similar fruit salad with whipped cream as the base. Sometime she will use cool whip instead. She always adds miniature marshmallows. It was served many Sunday evenings and Holiday evenings.
Also similar is Waldorf Salad which uses mayonnaise as the base.
The ingredients in an instant pudding mix (I pulled out a sugar-free Cheesecake flavor pudding) are
modified food starch, maltodextrin, tetrasodium pyrophosphate, disodium phosphate (for thickening), non-fat milk, natural and artificial flavor, salt, calcium phosphate, xanthan gum, mono- and di-glycerides, aspartame, and acesulfame potassium (sweeteners) and coloring.
So, it's basically starch, sugar or sweetener, and a little milk, plus flavor.
Instant pudding is different from cooked pudding in that it does not develop a crust on top after making it, and it's ready to eat in 5 minutes.
>>Aspartame is nasty stuff....<<
I'm aware of that, and we're trying to get it out of our diet. This pudding package had been in the cupboard for some time.
Our pudding is like your custard.
Looks wonderful!!! Looove fruit! Wonder if you can use a dollop of greek yogurt instead???