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Homemade Pudding Pops

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I think this is going to be the summer of swimming and dixie cup popsicles. So far, we’ve made chocolate and vanilla Jello pudding pops. I still don’t understand why they stopped selling these — they were so creamy and delish. I used the recipe from the Kraft web site, figuring that would be my best shot at duplicating the taste of the real deal. I mixed a package of jello pudding with 2 cups of cold milk with the mixer for 2 or 3 minutes. Then I spooned the pudding into 3-oz dixie cups and stuck popsicle sticks in. The pudding was thick enough for the sticks to stand up right away. (The kids liked helping with the mixing, and licking of beaters, spoons and bowls.) After this, you’re supposed to put them in the freezer for 4-5 hours. But that’s like a billion gajillion hours in kid time (or hungry mom time, let’s be honest). So in case you’re wondering what the pops are like before then, here’s what I found out…

After one hour, I quietly ate one in the kitchen while the kids were playing. It was not frozen at all, so I used the stick to spoon up each icy cold bite of pudding. Hour Two: my husband and son each had one after dinner. Again, they used the sticks as spoons, but it was more slushy than before. Hour three: my daughter woke up from her late nap on the couch, ate dinner, and then had the first actual popsicle on the stick. She enjoyed it thoroughly until half of it plopped onto the floor because it wasn’t quite frozen solid. Many tears. Fast forward to snacktime today. Three popsicles frozen solid on their sticks. Creamy, cold and delicious. They didn’t taste like the Jello pudding pops I remember eating as a kid. Maybe because I used 1% milk. Chocolate was the clear winner over vanilla. The only remaining chocolate is in a half-chocolate, half-vanilla pop in the freezer. I’m sure we’ll be flipping a coin for this one.

Oh, and they’re two Weight Watchers points each. I’ll be reporting back on how the other homemade popsicles turn out. We’re going to try watermelon and smoothie next. Happy summer!

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Posted Saturday, June 6, 2009 in Food & Drink, Kids