Replace the vanilla pudding with chocolate and add 1/2 cup each of chocolate chips and coconut. I use small (about 1 cup size) bundt pans and bake for 45 - 50 minutes
Instead of using two loaf pans, I bake it in a bundt pan. Another favorite is to use chocolate instant pudding, and add pecans, chocolate chips and coconut. Let your imagination and taste buds guide you.
Here's one we came up with ourselves .... Substitute almond ALMOND flavoring (NOT Imitation) for the vanilla flavoring... substitute WHITE CHOCOLATE pudding For the vanilla pudding....`
My variation for the Friendship Bread is a chocolate one, but I use 1/4 cup cocoa, or even a little more (I prefer Hershey's European Chocolate), and either the vanilla or chocolate pudding can be used. I reduce the cinnamon to half (1 teaspoon). Everyone that tastes it thinks it is outstanding. The cinnamon gives it an even better taste than just using chocolate alone.
1 to 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips - this is great if you put the chocolate chips in a bowl and shake 1/2 teaspoon extra cinnamon to coat them. This is very popular. 1 to 1 1/2 cup chocolate chips and orange zest to taste.
substitute chocolate pudding for the vanilla and add 1 cup of chocolate chips for an awesome Chocolate Chocolate Chip Bread. My friends beg for it! I even had a restaurant ask me to bake it for them. Try it, you'll like it!