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It is hot hot hot here! We are craving anything cold! My kids would be satisfied with a regular popsicle but mom is missing those old Jello Pudding pops. What happened to those? I loved them! So after four recipe trials—-soy milk versus regular milk and with and without the addition of Cool-Whip these were our favorite!
1 small box instant pudding
2 Cups milk
(1 Cup Cool-whip thawed) ****see update
Mix together and fill popsicle molds. Freeze. They are not as firm as a juice popsicle so it helps to release them by running the molds under hot water. First I must say that these are good but don’t taste like like the real thing. The addition of Cool-Whip did make the popsicles smoother but they are just not as creamy and sweet as the originals. I obviously didn’t add those extra chemicals (besides what is already in the jello and non-dairy frozen topping) and probably insane amount of corn syrup! The addition of Cool-Whip gave the popsicles a good flavor but we were not able to easily remove the popsicles from the molds ***UPDATE I don’t think we had frozen the ones with Cool-Whip long enough. After about 24 hours in the freezer they were great and could be easily removed from the mold by running them under hot water.****
We drink soy milk around here but it just didn’t work for us in the popsicles. The soy milk gave them a slightly funny taste and also made them have more ice crystals. Next time I would save a whole lot of time and effort by putting a popsicle stick into a pre-made pudding cup and freezing.
Now that we have popsicles, I want to show you the coolest invention, the Dripstick.
This clever thing really works! One side fits a popsicle and the other an ice cream cone. All the drips and messes are caught in the lip of the holder—-ingenious! My three year old really likes this thing (and I saw a much older boy, I won’t mention his name, using it). It makes it really easy for little hands to hold the popsicle or ice cream cone. I would think this would also be incredibly helpful for an elderly person or someone with a disability. If you would like to buy some you can find them here
Mecinna Price, mom inventor, wants one of you to try out Dripsticks. Leave a comment before midnight on July 31, 2008 for a chance to win a free Dripstick gift set. This includes 4 Dripstiks, 1 plastic ice cream scoop and Children’s Make Your Own Ice Cream recipe, all packages in a fun box. (Sorry only U.S. shipping for this giveaway)
If you have a favorite popsicle recipe, I would love to hear about it (and since I just made my chemical pops I would especially like knowing some healthier recipes). You may leave recipes in your comments so everybody can see!