My husband loves pudding. To be more exact, he loves chocolate pudding. Granted he can’t eat it all of the time because he is diabetic. However, an occasional treat seems to do him no harm.
His favorite is called Hunt’s Snack Pack Pudding. It is a division of ConAgra Foods out of Omaha, Nebraska.
We usually buy the pudding in the 12 Cup Family Pack. It comes with 6 chocolate fudge and 6 Milk chocolate swirl pudding cups.
Each cup is 3.5-oz and represents a single serving. Each serving represents 120 calories. One-quarter, or 30 of those calories, come from fat.
There are 3.5 grams of fat inside each serving. Of that amount, 2 grams comes from saturated fat. This pudding contains no trans fats.
There are also 22 grams of carbs, 17 grams of sugar, and 130 milligrams of salt in each cup. However, Hunt’s Snack Pack Pudding contains no cholesterol.
On the flip side, this product contains 2 grams of protein and almost 1 gram of fiber. It also provides 10% of the daily-recommended amount of calcium and 2% of the needed iron.
Hunt’s Snack Pack Pudding is made with nonfat milk. It is also vitamin enriched, especially with calcium.
Ingredients include cocoa, modified cornstarch, nonfat milk, palm oil, salt, soybean oil, sugar, sunflower oil, vegetable oil and water. It also includes artificial colors and flavors, calcium carbonate and sodium stearoyl lactate.
The pudding contains no preservatives. It can be refrigerated or stored in a kitchen pantry. Here is my summary review:
Taste: 4 stars. I have to bow to my husband on this issue. He loves Hunt’s Snack Pack Pudding. Since I’m not a huge pudding eater, I’m really not well qualified to judge. To me it tastes a bit bland.
Freshness: 5 stars. Since this pudding contains no preservatives, it is important to store it properly. As long as the cups remain unopened they can be stored in a pantry until the “use by” date printed on each carton. If they are stored in the refrigerator, their shelf life will likely be a bit longer.
Variety: 3 stars. The 12 Pack also comes with a 6 vanilla and 6 chocolate option. It might be advisable for Hunt’s to explore more mix and match flavors to extend their customer base
Nutrition: 3 stars. There is no denying the pudding’s high carb and sugar intake. Even its salt intake is a little higher than desired. Fat content isn’t awful but it does exist. In contrast, the small amount of protein and fiber contained therein wouldn’t count for much. However, the enriched calcium and iron content help to level the playing field a bit more.
Packaging: 4 stars. Hunt’s Snack Pack Pudding Family Pack comes in a bright red box with blue, lavender and yellow trim and white and blue lettering. The Snack Pack logo takes up nearly one-quarter of the front panel. Blue banners and labels help point out key information like the number of cups contained in the package and the breakdown. An additional lavender banner makes certain the consumer knows that 6 of the pudding cups are lighter, milk chocolate. A glass of milk splashed around the logo, makes it clear that this pudding is made with real milk. All in all, the packaging is bold and beautiful. It should be hard to miss it on the store shelf. One thing is odd about this product; however. Although Snack Pack Pudding is made by Hunt’s, that brand name is shown no where on the package itself.
Green value: 4 stars. The box is recyclable while the cups are reusable.
Ease of storage: 5 stars. The package measures almost 11″ by 8.5″ by 2.5″. It is a bit large and could be difficult to store inside a typical kitchen cabinet. It would store well in most kitchen pantries. Because the top of the box is flat, it can store easily on a refrigerator shelf or inside a storage bin. If the cups are removed from the package, they can be stacked for easier storage anywhere in the kitchen or in the refrigerator.
Availability: 4 stars. Hunt’s Snack Pack Pudding is available wherever bulk good products are sold and in some traditional grocery stores as well. It may also be carried by discount department stores with a large food section like those of K-Mart or Target.
Price: 5 stars. We get the 12 pack box for less than $2 at the commissary. It is much more expensive at other grocers like Farm Fresh or Food Lion.
Product purchase probability: 5 star. My husband loves this pudding so it is usually on hand just for him.
Final rating: 4.3 stars.
5 stars = outstanding
4 stars = good
3 stars = average
2 stars = below average
1 star = poor