When it comes to foods that are quintessentially all-American, I have to vote for Jell-O pudding. After all, what American schoolkid didn't grow up eating this in a brown-bagged lunch? Now that I can make my own pudding, I steer clear of buying it as an adult, but when I heard that Jell-O was releasing a new line, I couldn't resist trying it out.
Kraft describes Temptations by Jell-O as a new line of "layered, indulgent snacks for 150 calories or less per serving." The Temptations line comes in six different-flavored snack cups, and three more mixes that can be whipped up at home. We gave the cups a whirl. Did they hit the spot when it came to our Valentine's Day craving for chocolate? To find out, keep reading.
French Silk Pie: "Tastes just like regular pudding to me," Katie commented on first bite. Indeed, it was reminiscent of Jell-O's classic chocolate pudding, but with a mousse layer on top. Honestly, I expected more: I wanted it to be richer, with a more intense and authentic chocolate flavor.
Double Chocolate Pie: My palate went back and forth between the French Silk and Double Chocolate Pie flavors, and this selection was noticeably tastier. I was convinced that the chocolate element was different in this cup, as it had a deeper, darker, more genuine flavor. Indeed, I was right. It was the only cup that didn't have "artificial flavor" on the label. That says something right there. It also wasn't too sweet.
Apple Custard Pie: It was surprising to spot actual pieces of apple on the top (albeit four meager squares). I did taste all the flavors described, but wasn't a fan of the aggressively syrupy sweetness, and the jelled caramel apple topping and gloppy custard left something to be desired in the texture department. Katie declared it her least favorite.
Raspberry Cheesecake: Katie remarked it didn't taste very cheesy. The mild, mousselike cheesecake flavor along with a jelled raspberry topping made for a pleasing cheesecake fix, even for a non-cheesecake fan like myself.
Strawberry Cheesecake: Similar to the raspberry cheesecake, the strawberry cheesecake had a mild, rather pleasing flavor. It didn't have as much of a pronounced strawberry flavor, however.
Lemon Meringue Pie: At 100 calories, this snack cup committed the smallest crime, nutrition-wise, of the bunch, but it was difficult to get past the lemon flavor, which tasted artificial and medicinal.
If you already love Jell-O puddings, chances are you'll enjoy at least one of these cups. But, with the exception of Double Chocolate Pie, don't expect the most authentic of flavors. Can you get behind Jell-O's latest snack?