If you have someone to mail you some haupia ready-to-make Hawaiian pudding mix, then count your lucky stars. My sister Gia, (yes, she and I have the same first name and it's a long story, recently sent me a care package with cookies from Guam (Deme called them dog biscuits), 2 boxes of haupia mix, and some whole wheat bulghur. The ready-to-make mix is incredibly simple to make, just mix with water, boil and cool. It is a cinch to prepare. If you can't get your hands on the ready-to-make mix, you can always make the pudding from scratch. I found a recipe here.
The finished pudding is solid, like an opaque Jell-O. The creamy and delicious coconut flavor comes through and through. Sometimes I don't let the pudding cool and while it is still creamy I pour it over ice cream and add a few flakes of toasted coconut. Another idea is to serve the chilled pudding with diced mangoes and/or other tropical fruit.
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