Never buy Jell-O instant pudding in the banana cream flavor. It is definitely Yuck-O.
I made the unfortunate mistake of purchasing the offending product when I decided to make some banana pudding a few days ago. Figuring banana pudding would be enhanced by banana-flavored pudding, I threw it into my grocery cart, along with Nilla wafers, organic skim milk, and a bunch of bananas.
Happily, I went home and started assembling my banana pudding.
Disaster struck as soon as I started mixing the milk with the pudding mix... When I smelled the scent of banana Runts wafting towards me as I whisked the pudding, I knew the pudding would be bad. I stopped whisking and tasted the pudding. Gag. The banana pudding tasted definitely tasted like banana Runt candies -- the worst flavor ever. There was no way I was going to add the pudding to my dessert, so I dumped it out.
Now without any pudding for my banana pudding recipe and no desire to go back to the store, I decided to try my hand at making vanilla pudding from scratch. Disaster struck again! The recipe called for milk, eggs, cornstarch, butter, and vanilla. Simple enough. But the recipe never warned me not to use skim milk! arrrrg. My pudding never thickened (even after tripling the amount of cornstarch) and was a liquidly mess. I had to dump it out. Ultimate FAIL.
So...long story short, and lesson learned, and 5 cups of wasted organic milk later, I finally got vanilla instant pudding from the store and was able to make my banana pudding. Luckily, the pudding was good. So all is well.
Here's the banana pudding recipe:
-4 bananas, thinly sliced
-1 box Nilla wafers
-2 boxes instant vanilla pudding (make according to package instructions)
1. Arrange one layer of Nilla wafers in a 8x8 pan.
2. Layer half of the sliced bananas over the wafers.
3. Pour half of the vanilla pudding over the bananas.
4. Repeat steps 1 through 3.
5. Top with whipped cream and serve (or chill until served).