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Savoring a spoonful of dark chocolate pot de crème out of a glass jar is a decadent experience that transports you to an elegant château in a faraway land. While eating pudding might initially remind you of your elementary school days (remember prying open your lunchbox and peeling the metal top off a plastic pudding container?), Petit Pot’s line of French pudding offers a new, more sophisticated way to indulge.
Complete with a variety of mouthwatering flavors—including salted caramel and Madagascar vanilla—Petit Pot’s French pudding will leave you craving more. The dessert’s thick consistency coats the tongue with a rich flavor, making it easy to leisurely enjoy every mouthful. Eating these desserts reminds you to slow down and appreciate the simple pleasures of life. Whether you’re looking for a quick escape during the workday or are embracing the weekend’s sunshine on your patio, a single bite of this pudding is enough to enhance your mood. Read on for our thoughts and the full Petit Pot pudding review.
Based in the East Bay Area city of Emeryville, Petit Pot was founded in 2014 by French pastry chef Maxime Pouvreau. After searching, unsuccessfully, for pots de crème throughout the Bay Area, Pouvreau was inspired to bring the sweet treat to America. He blended the French-style dessert with organic ingredients from California to create a balanced pudding with an extra level of pizzaz. In addition to using local crops for the pudding itself, Petit Pot packages each serving in reusable glass jars, putting sustainability first throughout the product’s lifecycle.
If you have a sweet tooth and like the creamy texture of pudding, Petit Pot’s line of organic French puddings will surprise and delight you. Each recipe contains fewer than a dozen easy-to-pronounce ingredients you can feel good about, yet the sumptuous flavor profiles make you feel like you’re on vacation. If their great taste wasn’t enough, the containers are so adorable you’ll want to leave them in your fridge year-round—and repurpose them once you’ve eaten every delicious bite.
Though each flavor has its own perks, the dark chocolate was easily my favorite. Balancing a creamy sweetness and a slightly bitter natural chocolate flavor, this variety is dangerously good. There is nothing artificial-tasting about this pudding, offering a refreshingly innovative way to eat chocolate.
Dotted with vanilla bean flecks, this pudding is as pleasing to look at as it is to eat. Thanks to its rich tasting notes and perfectly thick consistency, this flavor reminded us of drinking vanilla milkshakes. Whether you’re looking for a touch of nostalgia or a mood boost, eating this French pudding ought to count as a form of self-care.
The salted caramel dessert is easily the sweetest option, tasting akin to butterscotch. Since this flavor also has a thick consistency, just a bite or two is enough to get the whole experience—allowing you to prolong the flavor journey with spoonfuls throughout the day. A hint of salt helps to balance the sweetness of the pudding for a pleasing dessert that will leave you feeling satisfied.
This rice pudding is perhaps the most surprising variety. Composed of a thinner base and dotted with soft grains of rice, this flavor is uniquely tasty. While it takes arroz con leche lovers some time to adjust to this pudding’s interesting consistency—which gives both the runnier base and rice equal attention rather than offering a heavier dose of rice—the flavor combination is pleasantly defined. If you’re ready to expand your horizons and tantalize your palate, this indulgent dessert is a wonderful place to start.
Offering both dairy- and plant-based options, Petit Pot is set up for success. From savoring a bite in the middle of the day to saving a jar for a fruit-topped dessert in the evening, there’s never a bad time to pop open a pot de crème. Not only do the flavors taste incredible, but the company’s commitment to sustainability shines through while presenting an elevated pudding experience you won’t get elsewhere.
Note: This product was independently reviewed by California.com. We did not receive compensation for writing this review.
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