Kids Week: Frozen Pudding Pops!

Nothing says kids and summer time like something frozen on a stick! Making home made popsicles totally makes me feel like a child again. I realize that if your kids are like mine and eat 27 popsicles a day that the most economical thing to do is head to Costco and buy a box of otter pops, but take a break every once and a while and have some fun creating your own flavor combos in homemade popsicles. There’s something magical about it! Kids love helping out and these recipes are so quick and easy that you won’t mind extra “helpers.”

You can pick up all kinds of shapes and sizes of molds just about anywhere these days. The ones in this picture are from Target and Walmart. They’re only a couple of bucks too. Totally worth the tiny investment! You can use the plastic sticks they come with, or just buy a bag of popsicle sticks and then you can make multiple batches.


I started thinking about pudding pops about a month ago and I couldn’t stop dreaming about different flavor combos that sounded good. I kept a list on my fridge and kept adding to it thinking I’d just try out as many as I could and then post the best one. Problem: they were ALL good! So since my family has had pudding pops coming out of their ears for the last month, you all will as well. I’m going to share all of them with ya! First of all, read this:

Notes on dairy:

I tested a lot of different dairy combos from non-fat milk to low-fat to whole milk to heavy cream. You can choose what you put into these. Just know that the higher the fat percentage the creamier the end product. Don’t go up to full cream though, that doesn’t work so well. My most favorite result was half and half so that’s what I wrote in most of the actual recipes. You can absolutely substitute low-fat milk (or even soy milk if you’ve got allergy issues), it just makes the pops a little icier whereas the half and half obviously makes them richer and more creamy. Also, I used the sugar free puddings, and Jello brand definitely tastes the best.

Are you ready for this?? Here we go! (The first one is totally my favorite)

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244 comments

  1. Okay, you are amazing! I love these wonderful flavor combinations. They are much better than the kool-aid pops I remember making as a kid. Thanks Sara!

  2. Wow, you came up with some creative flavors! The mint cookie looks so good, but you definitely have to make the strawberries and cream again so we can try that too! Yum!

  3. If my kids see this, I'm in trouble!!! LOL!!! Hopefully we can get around to these recipes this summer! At 106 degrees out there…we need some relief! These look delicious!

  4. Ms. Sara, these are too cute! My kiddos are going to think these are the best. I can't wait to try them (especially the mint chocolate one…YUM) Thanks for doing all the creative work and passing it to us!

  5. Sar, first, you're amazing. Second, I'm going to be sitting around twiddling my thumbs WAITING for that last one. I know my kids will love that one! 🙂 I'm excited to try it.

  6. You are genius! My girls have been wanting to try something like this for a while, I have a feeling these are going to go over well in the Texas heat.

  7. These look so good! Heck with sharing these with my kids… I want them all for me. I'm so excited to make them. (Plus, you do such a good job photographing them – that's an art in and of itself.)

  8. Jello pudding pops were my favorite popsicles as a kid. I was so sad when they started making them. I found a new version of them at my local Walmart but they just aren't the same. Anyhow, I'm excited to try and make my own.

  9. We just made boring chocolate pudding pops the other day and my boy inhaled his! I wonder what would happen with one of these- thanks for sharing such yummiliciousness!

  10. Okay these look delish!! Thanks for sharing. If only it were warm enough to have a popsicle here in Nebraska. Mild Summer–booo!

  11. Wow…these look so yummy! I just made some pudding pops like the mint cookie ones, except with banana pudding and crushed nutter-butters. You should try those…mmmmmm. Thanks for the new ideas!

  12. I thought I was being creative a few weeks ago when I made them with a box of chocolate pudding and another of vanilla pudding. These are delicious.

  13. I just bought those molds from target! So far I've just filled them with smoothie mix and plain juice. These look like great treats!

  14. I'm impressed with your creative flavors. When I think 'pudding pops,' I totally see Bill Cosby in my mind. =) Thanks for bringing back a bit of my childhood nostalgia.

  15. Yum! There is a local popsicle store here called LocoPops that make gourmet popsicles like these. Now I don't have to empty my wallet there–I can make my own at home. Thank you!!!

  16. YUM! my kids… and I will LOVe these! I have only tried freesing boring old pudding, never adding anything else! This is so much better!! THANKS!

  17. These sound like something my kids will really enjoy. Both making them and eating them. And then probably inventing some freakish and hopefully delicious flavors of their own.

  18. I lived off banana creamies during the 4th month of this pregnancy and I'm ready for a little variety in my frozen treat selections. These look great!

  19. geez ladies….you have really outdone yourselves here!!

    these all look great!

    you know, I have a 2 year old who's a SUPER picky eater. Picky like, he will only eat bread, cheese, macaroni and popsicles. I have been creative in my popsicle making, trying to sneak in healthy things like carrot juice, yogurt, and fruit puree. The little guy can't get enough of the healthy goodness, and I feel ok about him eating 4 popsicles a day!!

  20. My kids would love these, they would say "Did Sara make these?" They think you are super mom, so hopefully my stock will go up when I take credit for them 🙂

  21. Yum! I'm gonna need to buy more popsicle molds! Or maybe I'll just use my ice cube trays and toothpicks for small portions for my toddler until I can get to the store.

  22. I gotta say, the mint chocolate cookie pops look and sound the best. I think those would be my favorite. What a great idea, in general, though. Never would've thought to make my own pudding pops! I may have to try the banana one with chocolate pudding though… I love the combo of chocolate and banana!
    – Jennifer

  23. These look delicious! My mom made chocolate pudding pops for us once when we were little – I still remember them! I used to love them (even the store bought ones by Jello.) Banana was my absolute fave…ooh – chocolate and vanilla swirl, too. Dang it. Now I want one. ((Sigh.))

  24. my fave is pina colada. i know it's kids week, but to make it an adult snack, i can add a splash of white rum maybe. 🙂

  25. Yum! I am definitely going to have to try the mint chocolate. I must be thinking in the same wavelength because I posted about pops today, too.

  26. My little boy was looking at the pics of the pops with me and he pointed to the strawberry ones and said, "Let's make those." I guess they looked the yummiest. Please post the recipe!!

  27. I just discovered your blog a few weeks ago and wanted to tell you how much I am enjoying it! Thank you so much for sharing all of your delicious recipes and ideas!!!

  28. Wow, Sara! You outdid yourself with this post. Pudding pops were one of my favorite things when I was little. I wonder why Jell-o doesn't make them anymore. Can't wait to try these!

  29. I am all over those mint chocolate cookie pops, and my son will like the strawberries and cream. Thank you, I can't wait to see what you come up with next.

  30. yummalicious….is that a word? I am headed over to the big Wally world tommorow to get my supplies. Blueberry lemon cheesecake…. now you KNOW that is for ME!

  31. These are soo cute…i think my hubby is going to have a love-hate relationship with those mint oreo ones! P.S. I LOVE that star shaped mold….where did you get that one????

  32. what a wonderful post! And just in time for our upcoming Bible school. It would be so much fun to make Popsicles with the kids. I love the idea of mint choc and the lemon blueberry.

  33. It was just yesterday that I was wondering if they still made pudding pops… now i can just make my own. All of the variations look delicious.

  34. I recently posted a list of popsicle recipes on my blog that I had made, but wow, your recipe list is amazing! I can't wait to make some of these, uh, for the kids, of course…. 🙂

  35. WOW those look soooo good! I have 3kids at home that would love to try all of those. Well I guess only 2 of my kids could try, one is only 5 months so that might not be a great idea for him. ha

  36. We made the PB banana ones today.. YUM! i have always loved pudding pops, why don't they sell them anymore? weird. thanks for the recipes!

  37. I'm curious, Sara, about why you used sugar-free pudding instead of regular? Would it make any difference to use regular pudding?
    Thanks for all the fabulous ideas!

  38. I can't wait to try some of these, I think I love popsicles more than my kids. I have just been pouring our leftover smoothies in them.

  39. WOWIE! What can I say more? These look amazing! I was just telling DH the other day that I need to learn how to make pudding pops! Mmmmmmm! I'll have to try these out!

  40. Umm…ok. It's after midnight and my mouth is watering. This does not bode well for my waistline! They all look delish but I'm wondering…how did you store these bad boys?

  41. We've never tried these at home but the Oreo ones look incredible and I bet my son would love these!

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  42. As soon as I saw these, I immediately had to print them off. They just look so delicious. Though, I'm not so sure I want to share them with my kids. . .

  43. I just made up a batch of the mint chocolate ones last night and I just could not bear to throw away the extra (I only had 4 popsicle molds) so, I did what any sane person would do and ate it….oh man, can't wait for those puppies to get out of the freezer! Simply divine! Lemon blueberry cheesecake is next up!

  44. such fun pics you took of these! Can't wait to try the pina colada and the cherry fudge (though I must admit I love maraschino cherries and would prob use those…like those boxed cherry chocolates haha)

  45. These look amazing and I bet they are even more amazing when you eat them!

    Lucky us that you shared all these fun ideas, experiments, and recipes with us!

  46. Those ALL look so good. My mouth is watering just looking at them. I love all the pictures too! I definitely need to go buy some popsicle molds.

  47. Oooh, perfect timing! The weather is hot, I'm out of Otter Pops and I'm just planning my grocery list. Plus, I'm tired of giving my kids those sugary pops. I have the molds, but have only done kool-aid or lemonaide. Not nearly as creative (or healthy) as all these yummy flavors! Thanks! I'm loving kids' week!

  48. Oh. My. GOODNESS.

    I am making popsicles tonight.

    Oh- and I made the strawberry sorbet recipe for our 4th of July dessert. It got RAVE reviews from the family!!

  49. Oh my stinking heck! I can't wait to try these! I am stuck in a hotel room in Houston, with no ingredients and no popsicle containers. Thank you again for making such a fabulous post for us to learn from!

  50. How much do I love you for this. Last night I was thinking – I need to make some popsicles, because really, they are expensive and not that good – why can't I make some better ones? I even bought molds. You are inspired.

  51. What a great idea! I actually made some jello pops – inspired by the new Popsicle brand slow melts – and was dreaming of pudding pops too! Thanks for the great recipes!

  52. I'm slow posting a comment but here goes:
    I made these and they tasted divine BUT I had a horrible time getting them out of the molds. Any suggestions?

  53. Fancypants (love that name!) – I just run mine under warm water until they pop out. I have noticed though, that the ones with grooves in them- rocket pop style- (like the strawberries and cream ones above) are much harder to get out than the plain round or flat ones, so I just use the plain ones now.

  54. I just found your blog tonight and I've been scrolling through the millions of posts I've never seen and my both has literally been hanging open! Thank you for your posts.

  55. I have chocolate-raspberry-chile pops in the freezer right now. Thought I was all that and a bag of chips until I found these recipes. Can't wait to try these!!

  56. Any suggestions if you are using cooked pudding instead of instant? I can't find instant organic, but I found it in regular cooking on the stovetop kind. Should I decrease the milk? Just make as is? All of the above? LOL

    1. Heather, I just run them under warm water- but only really quickly. I think some people do it too much and then they end up melting!

  57. Do you think fat-free half and half would work as well as the regular half-and-half, or would it make the popsicles icier like low-fat milk would?

    1. Just tried it…fat-free half-and-half makes great pudding pops, but I’ll probably try the regular stuff next time to compare. I’ve already made the chocolate-mint-oreo pops AND the strawberries and cream pops! I also used the recipe as an inspiration to make cookies and cream pops using vanilla pudding (http://prettyladydesigns.blogspot.com/2011/04/in-kitchen-cookies-n-cream-pudding-pops.html). I linked back to this site to give you the credit. Thanks so much for sharing this! My hubby misses the jell-o pudding pops so he appreciates it too. :o)

  58. My daughter, my cousin’s little girl and I made the Chocolate-mint cookie bars Tuesday night, then we enjoyed them after dinner last night. THEY WERE AMAZING!! I can’t wait to try another flavor, we might have to buy more molds! (Although shot glasses with sticks are the perfect size for my almost 5 yr old!)

  59. So far we’ve tried the mint chocolate cookie pops, strawberries and cream, and PB banana! Yum! Although the PB banana was definitely not as big a hit with my crowd. I also like your strawberry watermelon ice pops. Thanks for the recipes! 🙂

  60. Question: In your cookbook it says to use a 1 oz. box of pudding, but the small boxes are 3.4 oz. so I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to use the whole box or not? These are great and I can’t wait to make them with my kiddos! Thanks for your help in advance. 🙂

    1. Its’ a little confusing Kristina, because we’re talking about sugar free pudding, which is 1 oz. Regular pudding is 3.4 oz. They both work fine, so as long as you’re using the small, 4 serving box, you’re good!

  61. These look so good. I can’t wait to try! Thanks for sharing. I’ll post on my blog when I get a chance to try and link to you. I’ve become obsessed with making pops these days….

  62. Going to the store RIGHT NOW to stock up on pudding and popsicle molds. Thank you so much! Also, I’ve been looking for a way to use the “chocolate mint” I recently planted in my garden and I think it will be fantastic in the mint chocolate cookie pops. I think I’m more excited than my kids are! 🙂

  63. just attempted to make these last night…can’t wait to try one. i was wondering if i made them correctly though. the mixture seemed very thick. i just dumped the pudding mix powder in the blender with the half and half. i did not prepare the instant pudding according to the directions on the box first. is this correct? just wondering

  64. I’m so excited to make these. Is there a reason you used sugar free pudding other than to get less sugar content in the pudding pops? Just wondering if regular pudding would change the texture or not.

  65. We have never had pudding pops before, so we made the strawberries and creme one with blueberry yogurt. They were delicious! I could of eaten them all myself! Can’t wait to try the others!

  66. I’ve had much fun this summer trying many of these recipes with my boys. All hits, I might add. I wanted to thank you for sharing and also share our own recipe (inspired by yours!) We took a small box of chocolate pudding mix and mixed it with 1 3/4 cups milk. Then diced 3-4 regular marshmallows, broke two whole sheets of graham crackers, and stirred them in before freezing for S’mores Pops! They are already asking for s’more! Thanks again!

  67. I want to make these, but only have the large size boxes of pudding on hand. Any idea what the conversion would be for the rest of the recipe. Unfortunately, the large size is 5.1 ounces, so not a simple doubling of the small 3.4 ounce size.

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