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Instant Pudding Thickening Chemistry - Hey! It's Your Food!

Throughout my entire childhood, we had a choice. Store-bought cooked pudding, or homemade cooked pudding. Plain and simple. Oh, and I might add -- delicious!

But then came that dark day when it was announced there was a new product -- INSTANT pudding! Almost no effort required. Eat in no time. Instant pudding. OK. So we assumed no one was trying to poison us, and, to be honest, I know of no one who died from the stuff.

Oh, it took time to catch on. But as life became more complicated, catch on it did. Now probably a good half of home "cooks" prepare instant pudding for their families.

But did you ever stop and think of the consequences? Just how... just how... can they DO this? Well, chemists know how. Want to know how, too? Read this by yours truly: Instant Pudding Thickening Chemistry .

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lookatdesktop wrote on February 12, 2016, 4:53 PM

We here prefer Cook N Serve Jello brand pudding but sometimes buy a Kroger generic or Walmart generic. She doesn't even like the flavor of the instant. I tell you what instant vanilla pudding reminds me of, a kind of Gerber type baby food that you add water to and mix from a box of dry cereal that has the consistency of pudding.

MegL wrote on February 12, 2016, 5:43 PM

We generally don't have puddings now but when the children were small it might have been rice pudding or custard and rhubarb tart. They were all homemade.

MegL wrote on February 12, 2016, 6:10 PM

VinceSummers , the chemical equation on the blog site doesn't show the correct symbol. It has a rectangle in place of whatever symbol should be there.

VinceSummers wrote on February 12, 2016, 8:29 PM

It's supposed to be a dot. Just a dot. It turned out I needed to use another Font's dot. Thanks.

MegL wrote on February 13, 2016, 2:52 AM

Just a dot! I couldn't think what it was supposed to be, LOL emoticon :grin:

VinceSummers wrote on February 13, 2016, 7:31 AM

But it needed replacing. The dot signifies the water isn't bonded in the usual sense to the preceding species it is connected to. The ten water molecules don't possess a strong chemical bond with the pyrophosphate.