Saturday, May 19, 2012

Homemade Jell-O Pudding Pops (With the Frizzle Frazzle Zip Zop)

Remember Jell-O Pudding Pops? As a child of the 80s, I remember them fondly (and the gloriously creamy Jell-O Gelatin Pops). I remember them coming in 3 flavors, chocolate, vanilla, and a chocolate/vanilla swirl. They were creamy, a little bit chewy (which I LOVED), and at the same time, a bit icy and crunchy.


Like so many great snacks of the 80s (Ecto Cooler, anyone?), Jell-O Pudding Pops got discontinued, and we no longer got to see awesome commercials with Bill Cosby in them. 


However, a few years ago, I guess after tons of folks pleaded to bring them back, Jell-O Pudding Pops appeared in stores. I spotted them, immediately tossed a box in the cart, and could not WAIT to get home to eat one. 

Sigh.

First off, they were NOT the same Pudding Pops. Second, they were insanely tiny. Honestly, they were basically Fudgsicles in a Jell-O box. No bueno, man.

Apparently I wasn't the only one not happy with these bargain basement attempts at Pudding Pops, since I haven't seen them in stores for quite a while. 

BUT...I found that it is insanely easy to make your own Pudding Pops at home, with any flavor you prefer. I choose to use the Cook & Serve pudding, as it's thicker, but the Instant kind will do as well. 




These turned out AMAZING; here I took the boring route and made chocolate pudding pops, but I can't way to try flavors like banana or butterscotch!

Homemade Jell-O Pudding Pops
adapted from My Organized Chaos

Ingredients:
1 small box (3.5oz) Jell-O Cook & Serve Pudding, any flavor
2 cups cold milk
1/3 - 1/2 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed (Cool Whip)

Prepare the pudding according to the package directions; basically you combine the mix and the milk in a saucepan, bring it to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly, then remove from heat.






The pudding box also has microwave directions, but I've never tried them.

Let the pudding cool slightly, then whisk in the Cool Whip. Stir well, and let cool until lukewarm. The pudding will thicken as it cools.




Pour into small paper cups, or a popsicle mold, and insert popsicle sticks. Place in the freezer for about 4-6 hours or until completely frozen.



If using paper cups (Dixie cups), simply peel away the paper. If using a popsicle mold, you MAY have to run the mold under warm water for a few seconds to loosen the popsicle.

17 comments:

  1. I'm trying a lower-carb thing and made these with instant sugar-free cheesecake flavor. Called for 2 cups milk, I used 1 cup cream, 1 cup water. Just had one for breakfast (BECAUSE I AM AN ADULT, DAMNIT) and it was sooooo good. Excellent idea!

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    1. I saw the cheesecake flavor and I REALLLLLLLY want to try that one! Good job on the low-carb sub - I will have to try that!

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  2. Does the heat bother the plastic at all??

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    1. You let the mixture cool before adding it to the molds.

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  3. Oh, this does take me back. Thanks for linking it in Julia. Cheers

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    1. You're welcome, Carole! I think EVERYONE I know remembers these!

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  4. This post just made my day! I've been feeling nostalgic wishing that Jell-O brand pudding pops still existed. Did some digging online and found your recipe & posted to Pinterest. Gonna whip up my own pudding pops this weekend!

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    1. Yay! Please let me know how you like them!

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  5. I made chocolate vanilla swirl pops!!! Waiting for them to freeze...I'm super excited:)

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  6. These are GREAT!! Taste just like the real ones. :)

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  7. OMG!! Been wanting these for a long time and NOW finally have 'em! Thanks so much for sharing

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  8. OMG. You are my new hero. I have no idea what suddenly made me crave these and Google them, but I am SO glad I did and found your blog. And can I just say that you have the best food blog name EVER? THANK YOU! Apologies for the overuse of caps, but I am SOOO EXCITED!!! :-)

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    1. I'm glad you found this recipe!! And thanks for your kind comments :)

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  9. These sound so good! I get slightly depressed every time I go to that part of the freezer section and open the door...*sigh*...never there, and of course no adequate substitute (as a friend once said so succinctly, don't give me no brocolli and tell me it's collard greens!) Just told the honey we have to try these.

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    1. They're so easy! Even better, you can use any flavor combination you like!

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