Salted Caramel & Toffee Cheesecake Rice Pudding

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So tell me… who is back to work already??

I’m hoping that NONE of you are! But I think I vaguely remember from my Enterprise days going back to work on January 2. It just depends on what line of work you’re in, huh?

Customer Service folks– you’re back to the grind already, right? No rest for you!

(Seriously, I empathize… never put me back in CS again!! Bleh!)

Can I tell you what the secret to happiness in a career is? Quit your day job and start a dessert blog.

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I’m not even kidding around here.

Set your own hours. Feel guilty when you’re NOT spending time on Facebook. Every day is cake-at-the-office day.

I’m telling you, just do it! I mean… minus having the Dinosaur Train theme song stuck in my head all day, the thick coating of powdered sugar that has settled over my kitchen, and carrying an extra 15 lbs of chocolate chips around my waist….

…this is the life ;)

Salted Caramel & Toffee Rice Pudding


  • 1 - 3.4 oz package instant Jell-O pudding mix, cheesecake flavor
  • 3/4 cup low fat milk
  • 1/2 cup Smuckers caramel sundae sauce
  • 1 - 8 oz Cool Whip
  • 1 cup cooked white rice, chilled
  • 1 1/2 tso sea salt
  • 1 cup Heath Chocolate and Toffee Bits (not Bit O' Brickle) + extra for garnishing


  1. Whisk together the pudding mix, milk, and caramel sundae sauce until smooth and thick. Whisk in the cool whip, switching to a rubber spatula in order to completely fold in all of the cool whip.
  2. Mix in the sea salt, white rice, and heath bits. Use a spatula to break up any clumps of rice.
  3. Divide evenly into 6 serving dishes and garnish generously with more Heath Bits.
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  1. Ugh, I am totally back to work tomorrow. I’d rather blog full-time, for sure! :-) I LOVE rice pudding, and this version?!? Um, YUM.
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  2. I am about to go to Pinterest and create a new board called “Puddings” just for you and your recipes. :)

    And yup…it is the best job ever!
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  3. I worked this morning at 6 am! Customer Service is no fun :-(

    This pudding looks incredible! I don’t like rice pudding but I’m kind of obsessed with salted caramel. I guess I can give rice pudding a second chance :-)
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  4. Agreed. 100%.
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  5. And, whoa, buddy. New design? I like it!
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  6. I am crushing on your polkadots…so cute!!! And why have I never thought to put rice in regular pudding? Yum!!!
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  7. Oh my!! I have all the ingredients right now and totally going to make this afternoon :)

  8. Oh my. My mouth is watering. Must make when I get home. Unfortunately I’m working lol. I only go the day of Christmas and New Years Day off. Everything in between I was working. Don’t get me wrong I love what I do but having blogging as a full time job sounds amazing. Thanks for the recipe. If I keep making the things you post I will be gaining more than 15 lbs lol.

  9. Ok…this just looks absolutely amazing….do not go back to CS…your place is right here Ashton!! Pinning this to add to my list!! YUM!!
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  10. Love the new blog design! Love the great additions to the plain rice pudding recipe….can’t wait to try!
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  11. Oh my goodness! What an amazing combination of flavors this is! YUM!
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  12. My brother-in-law makes a mean rice pudding, but this one looks spectacular too! Toffee is one of my favorites…
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  13. Hello! This looks so good and I am going to make it! however, I feel like this is a stupid question lol but is it 1 cup of rice before it is cooked? or after? thanks!

    • I cup of cooked rice! Not a stupid question :) And it’s totally approximate, you can add more if you’d like, just depends on how you like your rice pudding! And instant is just fine, since you’re cooking it first!

  14. also, can you use instant rice?


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