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)
Mint-Chocolate Cookie Pudding Pops
1 small box instant chocolate pudding
1 3/4 C half and half
10 Oreo cookies, crushed (about 1 heaping cup)
1/4 t peppermint extract
Blend pudding mix, extract, and half and half in a blender until smooth. Stir in crushed cookies by hand. Place in molds and freeze.
* I loved Aubri’s idea in the comments- try banana pudding with crushed nutter butters. Yum!!
Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Pudding Pops
1 small box cheesecake instant pudding
1 3/4 C half and half
1 C blueberries
1 t lemon zest (or more if you like your lemon!)
In a blender mix cheesecake pudding mix and half and half until smooth. Add in lemon zest and blueberries and pulse a couple of times to break up the blueberries. Place in molds and freeze.
Cherry Almond Fudge Pudding Pops
1 small box instant Chocolate Fudge Pudding
1 3/4 C half and half
about 20 cherries ( 1 1/4 C) pitted and halved
1/4 t almond extract
1/3 C mini-chocolate chips
Blend pudding mix, half and half, and almond extract in blender until smooth. Add in cherries and pulse 2-3 times. Stir in chocolate chips by hand. Place in molds and freeze.
Piña Colada Pudding Pops
1 small box instant coconut pudding
1 13.5oz can coconut milk
1 8oz can crushed pineapple
1/3 C shredded coconut
1 T fresh lime juice
optional: coconut extract*
Blend coconut milk, lime juice, and pudding mix in a blender until smooth. Add crushed pineapple and shredded coconut and pulse a couple of times to incorporate. Add extract if desired. Place in molds and freeze. * the coconut flavor was more mild than I expected. If you want a boost, add a little coconut extract.
These might be my 2nd favorite!
PB Banana Pudding Pops
1 small box instant vanilla pudding
1 3/4 C milk
1 ripe banana*
1/4 C Peanut Butter
Blend all ingredients until smooth. Place in popsicle molds and freeze. *Bananas that aren’t quite ripe yet tend to taste especially bitter when frozen, so make sure you use a sweet, ripe, banana.
Strawberries and Cream Pudding Pops
1 small box instant vanilla pudding
1 C milk
6oz vanilla yogurt (strawberry is great too)
12 medium strawberries (about 1 3/4-2 C roughly chopped)
2-3 T sugar
remove stems from berries and pulse with 2 T sugar in a food processor until completely smooth. Taste and add more sugar if needed. You should have just over a cup of puree. Set aside.
In a blender combine pudding, yogurt, and milk and blend until combined. Layer or swirl the pudding mixture with the strawberry mixture in popsicle molds and freeze until solid.
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Just made the PB Banana ones, but instead of PB, I used Nutella. OMG they are so good! Serious do-again 🙂
I wonder if using greek yogurt for the dairy? Or greek yogurt + skim milk?
You’d have to experiment 🙂
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.
You’d have to get out a kitchen scale and weigh out 3.4 ounces- I’ve done it many times!
how can we print out the recipes without having to print the entire comments etc. C.
I just fixed it for ya Connie! You should now see print boxes around all of the recipes.
can you substitute banana pudding for the vanilla and bananas? my store doesn’t usually have ripe bananas
Just ask the produce department- they usually keep the over-ripe bananas in the back!
I do not have a blender
Can I use and electric mixer?
These are a great idea 🙂
Sure, that would probably work 🙂
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!
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!
Yummy recipes! I read through most of the comments…can’t find answer to my question…would your recipes work with regular pudding instead of instant?
I’d stick with instant Renie!
Any sugar free ideas? Sugar is not exactly popular these days. Thanks
I only use sugar free pudding- you can adapt these in many ways.
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.
Have you tried using coconut milk? I can’t have dairy or soy, but want these in my belly 🙂
I haven’t- but I bet it would be yummy!
I love the peanut butter banana ones!!!!!!!!
These make me even more impatient for some hot weather!!!
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
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! 🙂
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….
So, since I’m a sucker for all your brazilian recipes, how well do you think the brazilian lemonade would freeze?