Pudding is such an underestimated dessert, isn’t it? It’s like you forget how delicious it is until you find yourself dipping into a bowl again. Well, Trader Joe’s Belgian Chocolate Pudding is worth discussing. Let’s see how it stands up to the Two Cousins Exclusive Cart Rating!
What is Trader Joe’s Belgian Chocolate Pudding?
Tucked away in the dairy section of Trader Joe’s, right next to the creamers and whipped cream, is this Belgian Chocolate Pudding. In the most simple of terms, this is chocolate pudding.
It’s thick and rich, and it’s distinctly different from the pudding cups you can find in the regular grocery stores. This actually tastes like chocolate!
I’ve been making chocolate pudding for years and TJ’s chocolate pudding is the closest I’ve found to homemade pudding.
Where In the Store?
You can find the Belgian Chocolate Pudding in the dairy aisle at Trader Joe’s next to the creamers and whipped cream. In my store, it’s been way up on the top shelf, but it may be in a different place in your store.
How to Serve Trader Joe’s Belgian Chocolate Pudding
Your first inclination is going to be to grab a spoon and dive right into the pudding container. And I fully support that action!
But, if you want to appear a little more dignified, serve the pudding in little glass bowls (think: Pyrex prep bowls like your mom used when you were a kid) with a dollop of whipped cream on top.
I have some other ideas for how to use this pudding floating around in my head but they’re not fully formed yet. I’ll be sharing them soon!
This is a solid store-bought chocolate pudding. And by solid, I mean really good!
It’s got a bold chocolate flavor and it’s smooth, thick, and rich, just like a good chocolate pudding should be.
The few times I’ve tried it, I’ve tasted a slight alcohol flavor and I had to double-check the Ingredients list to ensure there in fact was no alcohol in the pudding. (There isn’t.) I think it’s possible that this flavor is coming from the “Natural Flavors” that’s shown on the Ingredients list but I can’t be sure.
I also wondered if I had missed the Sell By/Good By date on these occasions, but I was definitely within the limits on all occasions.
In any event, we all really like this pudding and I can’t wait to use it in some recipes coming up soon!
The other issue I had with this pudding is that there’s no pull tab on the film that seals the package. I find this to be extraordinarily annoying!! The last thing I want to have to do is try to find a pair of scissors when I just want a little snack!
So, I whacked off 1/2 of a Cart in my rating because of this. sorrynotsorry.
Buy It Again?
If you know me, you know I’m a make-from-scratch kind of lady. Heck, I have a whole blog dedicated to that fact!
But as Ina Garten says, “Store-bought is fine.”
So yes, you’ll see me buying this Belgian Chocolate Pudding again, especially when I have some fun kitchen projects, like this Halloween Dirt Cake, I want to make with chocolate pudding.