One Week of Summer Treats to Beat the Heat: Pudding Pops

Hello Wonderful readers! It’s not even noon yet and I’ve already had several glasses of ice water, turned on every fan in the house, and stuck my face in my freezer more than once. Looks like another one of those hot days. The good news is, I’ve got another yummy and cold recipe for you all today that is super easy, ideal for kids, and perfect for hot days like today.  The treat is pudding pops! Some of you may be familiar with the idea of pudding pops, because Jello starting manufacturing and selling them not too long ago. However, I highly encourage making these pudding pops yourself. They’re a delicious and healthy snack, and by making them yourself you save money and are able to be more creative. A win-win-win-win! Purchase any flavor pudding you like, and add mix-ins such as sprinkles, cookie crumbles, fruit, etc.  The options are endless! I used one box of sugar-free, fat-free cheesecake flavored pudding mix and made 8 pudding pops.  In four of the pudding pops I added sliced fresh strawberries, making strawberry cheesecake flavored pops, and to the other four I added chocolate shavings and 2 crushed mint Oreos, making mint chocolate cheesecake pudding pops. They both were absolutely delicious. Give it a try yourself and feel free to leave a comment about your flavor choices! The options are endless.

 

Ingredients:

  • One packet of instant pudding mix of your preference
  • 2 cups of cold milk
  • Any add-ins of your preference (ex: fruit slices, mini chocolate chips, crushed cookies, mini marshmallows, graham cracker crumbs, etc.)

 Directions:

  1. Prepare the instant pudding mix as directed- by whisking the pudding contents with 2 cups of cold milk for 2 minutes.
  2. Set the pudding in a bowl in the refrigerator to allow it to set up for 5 minutes.
  3. In the meantime, gather any mix-ins you want to add, if you so desire, and prepare them (clean, cut, etc.)
  4. Evenly distribute the chilled pudding into popsicle holders or paper Dixie cups. If you are making a flavored batch and want all the popsicles to have a mix-in, add that ingredient to the pudding before dividing it among the popsicle holders. However, if you want each popsicle to be a little different, add the mix-ins once the pudding has been divided.
  5. If using a paper Dixie cup, cover the top of the cup in tin foil.  Hold the tin foil in place with one hand and push a popsicle stick through the top
  6. Freeze for 24 hours and enjoy!

 

Notes and Tips:

  • For a lighter version, use skim milk and a sugar-free, fat-free pudding mix.
  • You can make different varieties of pudding pops by layering different kinds of pudding, by swirling different kinds of pudding together, and by adding different flavoring- such as mint or vanilla. Have fun with it and don’t be afraid to try something new!

 

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