Goodbye Store Bought Instant Pudding

Goodbye Store Bought Instant Pudding


This is really sickening…

Jell-O’s Chocolate Instant Pudding Ingredients:

Sugar, Modified Food Starch, Cocoa Processed With Alkali, Disodium Phosphate, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Salt, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Mono- and Diglycerides, Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 1, Artificial Color, BHA (Preservative).

I’m not surprised anymore…I’m just mad.  Mad companies make and sell this garbage knowing the harmful effects of these ingredients, mad the FDA still finds these additives acceptable, and mad that all of my rants (and thousands of other health bloggers) will not change this anytime soon.

It’s chocolate pudding for crying out loud, why do they need to add Red 40 and Yellow 5??  Both are KNOWN CARCINOGENS…Carcinogens are cancer causing substances.  On top of those two there’s Blue 1 and the addition of “artificial color”.  I’m doing all I can to get rid of food dyes — signing petitions, writing letters, and I’ve had countless discussion to inform others around me.  Please, please, please stop spending money on products with food dyes.  That is the only way to send the message to these companies!

Tetrasodium pyrophosphate, also called sodium pyrophosphate or tetrasodium phosphate, is a slightly toxic and mildly irritating colorless transparent crystalline chemical compound with the formula Na4P2O7.”

BHT & BHA are preservatives added to keep fats from going rancid, but are possibly linked to cancer and behavioral problems.  This preservative is also common in cereals, bars, gum, make-up and lotions.  There have not been enough studies to show whether it is safe, so to be safe keep it out of your food!

How about we all say goodbye to store bought pudding….deal?  Instead, make your own instant pudding mix.  I did a quick search online and found several recipes for you to make and store, so you do not have to buy the boxed stuff anymore!


  • A homemade version of chocolate pudding mix contains only FIVE ingredients — powdered milk, sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch, and salt.
  • Look for non-gmo cornstarch, and a good quality cocoa.

Here are two links to recipes:

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16 comments… read them below or add one

Katie December 3, 2012 at 6:56 pm

This is an eye opener! I don’t eat much/any pudding, but had no idea it was filled with such yarmfull ingredients!


Rebecca December 3, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Thank you so much for bringing this to my attention….I’ll be throwing this crap out today! Thanks for the links to better substitute!!


greenplaterule December 4, 2012 at 9:34 am

YAY for you, Rebecca! Thanks for the message! :)


Cindi December 3, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Thank you so much for posting. I could not agree more. I have had my children off the artificial coloring for over a year and what a change we have seen. The only problem that we find is they put the stuff in EVERYTHING! I am thankful for people like you who present wonderful recipes that we can make, to give our children. Thank you!


Cindy December 3, 2012 at 10:28 pm

my favorite flabbergast is yellow food coloring in mac and cheese…or, blue dye in MARSHMELLOW!! what in the world????? and although like you said, we won’t see change soon enough, i’m encouraged to see more and more people like us and at least you are making a difference in individuals’ lives and maybe one by one, things will change. signed, another angry blogger :)


Cindy December 3, 2012 at 10:30 pm

and p.s., there’s a great avacado chocolate pudding recipe floating around pinterest!! it’s vegan and so yummy!


Brooke December 3, 2012 at 11:11 pm

Not only for pudding, but I’ve starting using avacado and Cacao (and other ingredients) to make a yummy chocolate mouse pie!!! The first time I made chocolate pudding with avocados I could not believe how amazing it was! The best pudding ever :)


greenplaterule December 4, 2012 at 9:33 am

You’re right, it is encouraging to see so many eyes opened! And you got ahead of me with the avocado pudding. It’ll make an appearance next week! :)
Have a great day Cindy!


Cindy December 3, 2012 at 10:31 pm

p.s. there’s an avacado chocolate pudding recipe floating around pinterest that is vegan and so yummy!


Elizabeth December 4, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Thank you for posting this. Although we don’t eat processed sugars generally, I had no idea what it was really made with. It is great to see links to recipes that don’t include a bunch of processed ingredients. Thanks for such an informative site.


Isabelle December 5, 2012 at 1:33 am

These aren’t the only foods with harmful chemicals in them. Virtually everything that is processes is harmful… study the labels on everything you buy.


whisperingsage February 19, 2013 at 4:33 am

Thanks so much for the alternate recipes. I try to use the blender a lot for ease, and raw goat milk, my husband loves pudding and chocolate pudding, and i have been trying to do a raw version of that, which will give a good texture. Gelatin makes it too stiff.


Shreya March 5, 2013 at 10:28 am

One of the most delicious chocolate puddings comes from one day old bread soaked in warm milk with sugar + cocoa and slow steamed in a cooker. I know it’s not vegan but its better than additive puddings like Jello. Plus the aromas of pudding that waft through your kitchen make it soo worth it.

For some zing chop in a handful of your favorite nuts or raisins.


Carla July 2, 2013 at 7:19 pm

Wow! Total eye opener, I had, repeat, had been using these instant pudding mixes for frozen treats. Now, I’m throwing away every box I have left. It’s homemade from now on!


G C February 1, 2015 at 3:52 pm

Couldn’t agree more… But I’d like to know what is in powdered milk, and how it’s made… Should we also be careful about any extra ingredients in it?


etudiante June 14, 2015 at 1:15 pm

Please note, however, that these are NOT INSTANT pudding mixes.
I am also very careful about what I eat and have been looking online for a recipe for INSTANT (meaning no-cook) pudding. If anyone comes across one, I’d appreciate hearing about it.

Thank you , Greenplaterule, for posting in the interest of health.


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