Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Decadence Thy Name is Pudding Pop

My oldest, wanted to try out the fancy, new, drip catching popsicle molds, we picked up on clearance, the other day (that was before we discovered the "dripless" popsicle recipe). Since, we've already made a couple of batches of juice type frozen treats this week, we opted for something a little different.

I know, I know, pudding pops are nothing new, but the pudding was just the beginning.

First, we thought back to our ice cream making experiments. For making homemade ice cream, you can use milk, or cream, but the heavier the cream, the creamier the ice cream. We wondered if the same held true for pudding pops. So, just to be on the safe side, we substituted a pint of heavy whipping cream, for two cups of the milk called for in the pudding, as we did not want to end up with milky slivers of ice, in our dessert.

Then, we thought about turning them into rocky-road-sicles. We had marshmallows, but no nuts, so we substituted 1 cup of peanut butter.

Just as a last minute thought, we divided the pudding into two bowls, and added a handful of marshmallows (probably 1/2 cup) to one, and cut up a banana into the other.

We sampled our pudding, and found it high-calorie-delicious. It was tempting to just dive in, and eat it as it was, but we showed restraint, and with some great difficulty, scooped the stuff into the molds.

As you can see from our finished product at the top of the page, we didn't manage to get all of the air bubbles out, but we gave it a valiant try. The best method seemed to be sticking a butter knife into the center of the mold, and pushing out, toward the sides.

As difficult as it was to get the pudding into the molds, it was even harder to get our frozen pops out. But, we persevered, and after a good deal of holding them under running hot water, and gently jiggling the handles, we were rewarded with a very rich treat.

Actually, rich might be an understatement. And, there's no doubt about it, they were creamy!

Ultra Rich and Creamy Pudding Pops

1 2.1 oz package of chocolate pudding (though you could try other flavors, too)
1 pint of heavy whipping cream
1 cup of milk
1/2 to 1 cup of peanut butter (ours were very peanut buttery)
1 cup of mini-marshmallows, or 2 bananas cut into bight sized pieces.

Mix the pudding, cream, milk, and peanut butter thoroughly.
Add in the marshmallows, or banana.
Spoon into molds (I think I'd stick with the Dixie cup/popsicle stick combo), being careful to remove air bubbles.
Freeze for several hours.

Enjoy! But, go easy.

It's great to be a homeschooler.


Debbie said...

Those look so yummy!

Lisa said...

I had forgotten all about pudding pops! Glad to have the reminder!

Natalie PlanetSmarty said...

I was just thinking, "Oh, goodness, there goes my non-existing waistline!" Sounds yummy!