Popsicles and ice cream are great, no doubt about it, but when I was a kid, one of my favorite summer treats were Jello Pudding Pops. They came in chocolate, vanilla, or a swirl of both. Fast forward several years and now that I’m ready to share these yummy treats with my little ones, I find that Jello has, without my knowledge, stopped making these! How dare they.
So what’s a mom to do? Get in the kitchen and make her own of course! How hard can it be, right? Not hard at all! Plus, by making them myself I’m in control of the ingredients. I can use skim or low fat milk to get a fat free (or lowfat), low calorie, calcium-rich, frozen, creamy, “ice cream-like” treat for my kids (and me!)
2 cups skim or 1% milk
1 (3.8 oz) box instant pudding (any flavor)
1 teaspoon vanilla
Beat all ingredients together in medium bowl for 2 minutes. Pour into popsicle molds or paper or plastic cups. Insert wooden popsicle stick or mold handle into each. Freeze 5 to 7 hours.
To remove pop from mold, run under warm water for about 20 seconds, until it slides out easily when gently pulled. (don’t twist or pull hard on stick or it may break off in pudding pop.) This made 9 pops for me, but the amount varies depending on size of mold.
Get creative by layering two different flavored puddings or by adding extras such as sliced bananas to chocolate or banana cream pudding or sliced strawberries to vanilla pudding.
Hope you like them as much as we did! Let me know your favorite flavor combos.