Growing up, my mother used to make pudding pops using a Tupperware popsicle mold. She’s a frugal gal, and this was her answer to the ice cream truck! Rather than giving us a quarter every time we heard the ice cream truck – we got a yummy pudding pop (aka frozen pudding!).
I think ice cream trucks are a thing of the past, but it’s summertime and kids still want popsicles. My teenage daughter has been on a popsicle kick lately, and instead of buying a $4 box of fruit popsicles, we decided to make our own.
My mom’s tupperware popsicle mold went to Goodwill long ago, so I had two choices:
- Use paper cups and popsicle sticks.
- Buy our own popsicle mold.
When we priced popsicle molds, we calculated that it wouldn’t take long to pay for itself. After all, we want to make this a summertime tradition! I love these because they have a built-in drip catcher…popsicles melt fast in South Florida!
What kind of homemade popsicles has she made?
Juice Pops – simply freeze your favorite juice, and stir in some pieces of fruit if desired.
Yogurt Pops – freeze your favorite yogurt or mix plain greek yogurt with fruit and stevia…just add a little milk so it’s pourable.
She hasn’t tried a pudding pop, but it’s next on the list!
By the way, here’s the original Jello Pudding Pop Recipe from the 1970’s!
Original Jello Pudding Pop Recipe
1 small package instant pudding – our favorite was chocolate or butterscotch
2 cups cold milk
Prepare pudding according to package directions.
Pour into popsicle molds.
Freeze until firm – about 4 hours.
Run under warm water for a few seconds to release the mold.
Now fast forward to 2013 and try your pudding pops with Cookies ‘n Cream Pudding!
Have you made popsicles this summer? Please leave a comment to share your favorite recipes for homemade popsicles.