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Potato Buds

Betty Crocker Potato Buds

Made with 100% real potatoes, just like home. And perfect for gluten-free diets.

UPDATED DIRECTIONS:
For the same great taste you know and love, milk should be added AFTER water and butter are brought to a boil. Following the old directions of combining all elements before boiling leads to mashed potatoes with a gummy texture.

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RhondaPacificNW said: Posted: 3/1/2015 11:40 AM
Yep I agree with everyone else, these are pretty horrible. I called the company and complained. I think calling potato flakes potato buds is pretty misleading. It leads one to expect they are purchasing potato granules which are a much better tasting product. The good news is so far as potato flakes go, these are at least a lot better than some of the cheapo alternatives, store brand labels where if you make the product according to the package directions you wind up with soupy, sludge, slop and then have to add extra of their flimsy flakes to try and correct it. Which never really works very well. At least with these flakes if you follow the directions you will get potatoes stiff enough to stand up to gravy. However that leads to the main problem with this product which is, if you do everything exactly as they say you should, then you will wind up with just as many of their real disappointment to taste/true punishment to eat mashed potatoes as they promise will, in a flash, mix right up for you. Fortunately customer service was very nice. Some of the best phone support service ever. The rep I spoke with was courteous, polite, didn't interrupt, try and cut me off or do any other rude things. She offered me a choice of money or product back. I chose product because generally I'm pretty pleased with items this company sells under the Betty Crocker label. It's pretty rare for anyone in my family to dislike a Betty Crocker product but it did happen a couple times over the years with my mother. When it did she would call customer service and they were always quick to resolve things.I experienced the same good customer care and treatment when four plus decades later I called them concerning this issue.
 
leigh_at_lefidele_com said: Posted: 11/3/2014 4:23 PM
Check out my quick & easy gluten-free & dairy-free "Shortcut Cauli-Potatoes" Recipe which uses Betty Crocker Potato Buds at: http://lefidele.com/quick-easy-shortcut-cauliflower-mashed-potatoes-recipe-heart-healthy-dairy-free/
 
Sharpaso said: Posted: 10/21/2014 1:20 PM
WHAT DID THEY DO to the old buds... You could actually create something like real mashed potatoes. I followed the instructions and now had experimented and give up. I won't buy them any more they're just like brand X if not worse. So SORRY...they were worth the extra money!!!!
 
Flutterbye2 said: Posted: 10/18/2014 10:56 AM
I was hoping to find where someone experimented with ingredients to make these better. So far, I haven't seen anyone post their discovery, but will check back. In the meantime, I'm buying other products to see if I can find something at least close to being as good as the old Potato Buds product was. Any recommendations from you guys? <sigh>
 
5thave said: Posted: 9/10/2014 2:06 PM
I hate these gluten free potatoes they tastes like paste, I have been eating the original since I was a kid PLEASE BRING BACK THE ORIGINAL
 
Slakov said: Posted: 9/8/2014 7:27 AM
PaulPakusch: Have you thought about contacting Tosh.O about this issue? They ran a segment a while back (can see it on YouTube) about Burger King getting rid of chicken fries that garnered so much negative publicity for the hamburger chain--and support for the chicken fries--that Burger King eventually was forced to bring them back. Maybe a negative story on Tosh.O about Betty Crocker's Potato Wallpaper Paste ("Buds") will get the company to bring them back as well.
 
texturefreak said: Posted: 8/26/2014 11:18 AM
Bring back the original buds! They were great to use as a breading/coating for my eggplant..
 
PaulPakusch said: Posted: 5/17/2014 3:12 PM
Well, it's been several years since I've been on this forum and I see people are still complaining about the "New and Improved" Potato Buds. They are HORRIBLE!! I've been running a Facebook page since 2010 called "Bring Back the Original Potato Buds." Those of us on the Facebook page pretty much agree that Idaho Spuds are the next best thing to the original Potato Buds, so that's what I'm endorsing on the page. I went to my local grocery in Rochester, NY today (Wegmans) and was VERY pleased to see that Idaho Spuds have completely replaced Potato Buds on the shelves! Not a single box of Potato Buds!
 
trimjim said: Posted: 4/20/2014 11:33 AM
Oh so sad - wish I had read these reviews before wasting my time and money on the "new & improved" Potato Buds. For the first time in 20 years, my (ahem) world famous potato rolls are a huge disappointment. I knew when pouring from the box that there was something different about them but figured Potato Buds are Potato Buds and Betty Crocker can be trusted. So sad.... another old standby gone. I will display the B.C. Potato Buds box alongside the serving basket of potato rolls for my Easter guests with a note explaining the reason for the disappointing quality of the rolls.
 
gangleshanks said: Posted: 4/5/2014 3:07 PM
I have no earthly idea why you changed your once wonderful product. The original Potato Buds were flakes that made the best mashed potatoes and the best coating for fish. The new product tastes horrible and will not adequately coat fish. Ever hear the old saying: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!" I purchased 2 boxes of your Potato Buds last week. . .now I have two boxes to throw in the trash! What a waste of money! You just lost another customer. . .
 
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