I have a secret. I have a somewhat obsessive personality.
(Those who know me best have probably just spit their coffee/diet coke/beverage of choice all over their computer screen!)
One of the things I tend to obsess about is food. Or more specifically…once I find something I LIKE…I tend to eat it….often. :-)
A few years ago I discovered my infatuation with FROZEN fruit. It started with FROZEN grapes…and escalated to FROZEN bananas. If you haven’t ever tried them that way…I HIGHLY recommend it!
Lately, however, my FROZEN FOOD obsession has degenerated to these frozen concoctions…..Creamies Ice Cream Bars. I’m partial to the chocolate.
A few days ago I found these on Pinterest and, as usual, I was intrigued. I love “homemade” versions of my favorite stuff. They are usually far superior AND cheaper!
After some very quick and rudimentary
calculations on my part:
1 box of (6) Creamies is roughly $2.50 (usually a little more)
1 box of chocolate pudding roughly $1.25
1 container of whipped topping roughly $2.00
3 cups milk $0.25 ???
Total: $3.50 for approximately (16) of Jillee’s Creamy Pudding Pops
In the past I’ve only seen this type recipe from the Kraft company for homemade fudge popsicles.
Jell-o Pudding Pops
what you need
1 pkg. (3.9 oz.) JELL-O Chocolate Instant Pudding
2 cups cold milk
BEAT ingredients with whisk 2 min.
POUR into 6 paper or plastic cups. Insert wooden pop stick or plastic spoon in center of each cup.
FREEZE 5 hours or until firm. Peel off paper cups before serving.
Not bad…but lacking that CREAMY thing. This is the recipe I found on Pinterest. Adding the Cool Whip….genius!
Healthy Recipe Jello Pudding Pops
from Sports N Fitness
1 package JELL-O Chocolate Sugar-Free Pudding
2 cups Fat-Free Milk
1 cup Sugar-Free Cool Whip
1. Beat pudding mix & milk in medium bowl with whisk for about 2min.
2. Stir in Sugar-Free Cool Whip.
3. Spoon mix into small paper/plastic cups.
4. Insert wooden sticks into the middle of each.
5. Freeze for 4 hours or until firm.
– To remove from cups, run under warm water.
As you can see…this recipe has been “healthy-fied”. (Terrible word…I know. Can’t think of a better one.) I decided to recreate it in a more “civilized” fashion and put a little bit of the fat and flavor back into them.
Jillee’s Creamy Pudding Pops
1 large box chocolate pudding
3 cups cold milk
2 cups frozen whipped topping (Cool Whip)
(Use same instructions as above to freeze into pops.)
For my second batch I decided to try adding some sweetness (these were a little less sweet than my beloved Creamies). I added some powdered sugar. Started with 1/2 cup and I think I ended up putting about a cup in before I thought it was the right sweetness. Liked this batch much better! :-)
I didn’t actually have any small paper/plastic cups handy…so I improvised. I experimented with a few different things I had laying around.
avoid the glass mason jars and styrofoam cups. The pops “POPPED” right out of the plastic cup and the plastic baby food container.
Here are just a bunch of random pictures of my creamy pudding pop making session:
Overall thoughts and observations: DELICIOUS! Cold, creamy and inexpensive! Fellow FROZEN FOOD enthusiasts like me should definitely try it! :-)