As hard as I tried I could not find a recipe for Vanilla Pudding mix that I could use as a base for other puddings or to add to other recipe's that I wanted to make, yet didn't want to buy a bunch of packages of pudding for. After 5 (yes I said 5) attempts I came up with one that was creamy enough, and tasty enough to call good. This can be made ahead...then just add a few ingredients and you have pudding. Great for gifting and camping...Higher in Calories yet low in sodium and potassium.*** NOTE*** for those missing the flavor of eggs or having problems with this setting up properly ... I found I liked it better when I added two egg yolks slightly beaten and put some of the hot mix in whipped it and added to the pudding mix as it cooked. You are right it adds to the flavor.