Your Banana Pudding Needs Sweetened Condensed Milk.

The somewhat caramelized sweetness of ripe bananas makes for delicious treats, whether you're making banana bread or Bananas Foster. The trifle-like banana pudding, made with sliced bananas, vanilla wafer cookies, whipped topping, dairy, and pudding mix, may be the best banana dessert.

Banana pudding may contain fruit, but the more sumptuous the layers, the better, and there's a way to make boxed pudding mix thick and wonderful. A can of sweetened condensed milk is stirred into the pudding, either alone or with milk, and whipped topping to produce a thick, fluffy base for this famous dessert. 

The Magnolia Bakery in New York City, noted for its banana pudding, employs sweetened condensed milk, so this creamy combo must be wonderful.

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Why does sweetened condensed milk taste rich? Processing it right is key. Evaporation through heating and cooking condensed milk into a syrup thickens it.

 Reduced milk water content yields thick, concentrated flavor. After adding sugar, you get the perfect dessert ingredient: creamy, milky, and sweet.

The smooth thickness of the condensed milk, the dairy taste from all that concentration, and the sweetness from the additional sugar will improve your quick pudding.

Cruise buffets are germy enough without you eating from the tongs-spilled bin. Imagine how many hands touched those tongs today and how much went into the food when the handle fell in.

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