Pudding Pops

    Posted by  ·  July 30, 2008

    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!

    Pudding Popsicles

    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!


    1. Friday, August 1st, 2008
      Oh THANK YOU!!! I cannot wait to try these pudding pops. I tried last summer to come up with my own pudding pops and they didn't taste very good, to ice chunky.

      And that invention.....WOW, we needed that last night, lol. My 3 year old daughter and my 2 year old neice both had chocolate ice cream all the way to their elbows and down both legs, and that's not even mentioning their clothes, lol.

      Thanks for offering!
    2. Go Amie
      Friday, August 1st, 2008
      Crushed pineapple pops - open a can of crushed pineapple, mix with 2 cups apple juice, pour into popsicle molds. Freeze and then enjoy!
    3. cindylouh
      Friday, August 1st, 2008
      So many great comments about the Dripstiks! Thanks for sharing your popsicle recipes!

      The giveaway for the Dripstiks Gift Set has ended
    4. Friday, August 1st, 2008
      I so need this!!! I'm always following my daughter around to make sure the popsicle juices don't get on the carpet. LOL

      I don't have any recipes to share cause I've never made any.
      I've only just put orange juice in ice cube trays with popsicle sticks. :)
    5. Jodi
      Friday, August 1st, 2008
      This would be wonderful. There are always little ones at my house, and oh the messes they can make. I would love to try these out.

    6. Friday, August 1st, 2008
      Another great idea! My solution was let them eat it in the bathtub, but this thing is so much better than that!
    7. Nicole
      Friday, August 1st, 2008
      With two toddlers, this would be a great item to have on hand. Especially with all the popsicles we eat here in the Arizona heat! Thanks for the chance to bring them home.
    8. Friday, August 1st, 2008
      Oh the messes we would avoid !!!! Those are sooo neat!

    9. Liz Cranage
      Friday, August 1st, 2008
      I would love to win these for all the kids in & out of house. What a clever idea. I usually just mix yogurt fresh fruit and juice in the blender and pour into cups to freeze
    10. Wendy
      Friday, August 1st, 2008
      This would be great for my 2 year old! He loves popsicles and this would definitely help keep him clean!
    11. Friday, August 1st, 2008
      I would love to try this out for my son who makes a mess with the popsicle holder we have.

      Here is a a favorite easy recipe:
      In a high speed blender put:
      1 pound of fresh organic strawberries
      1-2 Tbsp. raw agave nectar (very sweet but does not raise blood sugar so safe for everyone to eat it)
      1/2 cup water

      Blend til smooth, pour into popsicle molds and freeze. Very tasty and good for you!
    12. Friday, August 1st, 2008
      I would love to have these! When I was a kid we had to take off our clothes and sit in a cardboard box to eat a popsicle. At least with this you get to keep your dignity.

      onlycancan at hotmail dot com
    13. Kim
      Friday, August 1st, 2008
      Why didn't I think of that! I loved dreamsicles when I was little
    14. Rachel Crisman
      Friday, August 1st, 2008
      As a kid I always loved to freeze grape juice because it made the most yummy popsicles in the world. Anyway, great product,would love to try it!
    15. Jennifer Mayo
      Friday, August 1st, 2008

      What a great idea! I can't believe I haven't seen it before.

      My little one likes Mango popsicles:

      2-3 chopped mangos
      1 small container plain yogurt

      Blend both together and freeze in your favorite popsicle molds!
    16. Friday, August 1st, 2008
      This is so neat, what a great idea! I am new to making popsicles, so this would be great to try on what everyone else is mentioning. Thanks for the chance to win!
    17. Friday, August 1st, 2008
      I don't have any recipes, I just buy them from the ice cream man...

      The dripstick looks so handy for summertime!
    18. Kristan
      Friday, August 1st, 2008
      fun! popsicles, yum!
    19. Friday, August 1st, 2008
      I'm sorry I don't have any great recipes to share but thanks for the chance to win such a great prize.
    20. Friday, August 1st, 2008
      My son stops eating popsicles and cones as soon as he gets sticky! What a great idea! Thanks.

      thundercloudgirl AT hotmail DOT com
    21. Friday, August 1st, 2008
      oh my word that is the coolest invention! I make my poor 3 yr old go sit in the bath tub when she wants a popsicle and we are not outside!! she just can't eat them fast enough!!!
    22. Patrice
      Friday, August 1st, 2008
      I forgot about Pudding Pops! They were the best. Thanks for the recipe.
    23. christene
      Friday, August 1st, 2008
      What a great idea for popsicles. Though I don't have recipes we like to put juice in ice cube trays and just freeze those go-gurts and then split them and put a stick in them. May be some chemical milk but at least its better than the otter pops
    24. Friday, August 1st, 2008
      I'd love to win this, my children would be thrilled.
      bigfamily8(at) yahoo (dot) com
    25. Friday, August 1st, 2008
      i would love these and it would make having pops so much cleaner!!!
    26. Erynn
      Thursday, July 31st, 2008
      This would save me a lot of work with my 2 year old.
    27. Claire
      Thursday, July 31st, 2008
      Where was the dripstick yesterday when we ate fudgsicles? What a great idea! Thanks for the giveaway.
    28. Thursday, July 31st, 2008
      I always drip all over myself so this would be great. Thanks!
    29. Thursday, July 31st, 2008
      My daughter could really use this! I used to love jello pudding pops too!
    30. Thursday, July 31st, 2008
      What a great product, it would sure save on drips! I am sorry I don't have any recipes for you-I will have to try yours.
    31. Thursday, July 31st, 2008
      What a great idea. We could use the drip sticks at our house. As for pops, here we like country time lemonade mixed w/ strawberries
    32. Thursday, July 31st, 2008
      Thanks for the recipe AND for the chance to win those fabulous Dripsticks!!
    33. Thursday, July 31st, 2008
      I had heard of these, but never seen them before. Looks like a great prize! Thanks for entering me in the giveaway!
    34. Thursday, July 31st, 2008
      how... cool...
    35. kristen
      Thursday, July 31st, 2008
      i heart your blog . . . i subscribe! what a cool giveaway! thanks!


    36. Kam A
      Thursday, July 31st, 2008
      What a great idea! Thank you for the giveaway!
    37. Thursday, July 31st, 2008
      oh my goodness! thats great! my kids wouldnt have to sit in the bath tub anymore!
    38. Tammy
      Thursday, July 31st, 2008
      thanks will have to try these! Our local Wal-Mart still sells pudding pops (or has re-released them), I was surprised to see them -- I loved those as a kid too!
    39. Bena
      Thursday, July 31st, 2008
      Wow I can't wait to try the recipe- I loved Pudding pops and the whole Bill Crosby commercials. And the Dripstick is perfect!!!! hope I win- thanks!
    40. Tiffany
      Thursday, July 31st, 2008
      Wow, what a great invention! I have never heard of these but would love for my boys to give them a try. Sign me up!
    41. Thursday, July 31st, 2008
      My favorite recipe is old fashioned sugar free kool aid. It is the best. I would love to get this for my gbaby she has discovered popsicles and the dog has too!
    42. Thursday, July 31st, 2008
      What a great invention! My dd likes to "savor" her popsicle by licking it SLOWLY which equals a BIG MESS!
    43. Thursday, July 31st, 2008
      I kind of want this just to walk around NY City with it next month. How cool would I be? (My daughter can borrow it to, I guess)
    44. Thursday, July 31st, 2008
      Thank you! I have been wanting to try this product!
    45. Thursday, July 31st, 2008
      That is awesome, what a cool idea!
    46. Mia J.
      Thursday, July 31st, 2008
      What a wonderful idea. My daughter isa popsicle junky so no sticky hands would be a great thing.
    47. Kate
      Thursday, July 31st, 2008
      That dripstick is ingenious! How cool!
    48. Thursday, July 31st, 2008
      This is the coolest gadget madoohickey. I love gadgets! Thanks!
    49. Julie B
      Thursday, July 31st, 2008
      What a great idea! I think we all look at those and say: why didn't I think of that? Also, found Jello pudding pops at my local Wal-Mart the other day. They are made by popsicle brand and come in the yellow box, but say Jello pudding pops on the box. They aren't quite as good as I remember, but mmmm you can just taste the nostalgia!
    50. Thursday, July 31st, 2008
      Wow, the dripstick looks like it would work way better than a paper towel. That's what we currently wrap around the bottom of all Popsicles to reduce stickiness. :)

      Thanks for the chance to win.

      killlashandra at hotmail dot com
    51. Jackie P.
      Thursday, July 31st, 2008
      Dripsticks....why wasn't this around years ago?I take care of my 14 month old grandson and this would be so great for him.
    52. Thursday, July 31st, 2008
      Ah! What will they think of next?
      I like it! It's big, it's bright, it's functional; it's right!
      Ha! Do I win for the poem?
    53. Suzie G.
      Thursday, July 31st, 2008
      This is so neat! We could definetly use dripsticks around here! My 2 year old is always dripping popsicals and ice cream.
    54. Janet F
      Thursday, July 31st, 2008
      The Dripstick is a fantastic idea.

      The Pudding Pop recipe sounds good.

      I used to make homemade pops with lemonade or juice.

      I have thought about making them with yogurt.
    55. Thursday, July 31st, 2008
      Love this thing popper! What a clever idea!
    56. Thursday, July 31st, 2008
      wow i could use this and well i love puddinng pops and well home made pops on a stick are allways fun to make
    57. Renee G
      Thursday, July 31st, 2008
      For a healthier summer treat-- we make tomato juice popsicles. (Sometimes sweet just doesn't sound good).

      rsgrandinetti (at) yahoo (dot) com
    58. Cathy
      Thursday, July 31st, 2008
      Oh, the pudding pops brings me back to my college days of eating the Jello brand pudding pops in chocolate/vanilla swirl..Yum!
    59. Donna
      Thursday, July 31st, 2008
      My four kids would love these! They eat popsicles every chance they get and make a huge mess.
    60. Estelle S
      Thursday, July 31st, 2008
      These are really handy. The only handmade popsicles we make are by filling ice cube trays with juice and putting saran wrap over it to hold the popsicles sticks in place. My kids would rather have store bought popsicles over our homemade ones anyday.
    61. Trisha
      Thursday, July 31st, 2008
      Ooh, what a great idea! This would be wonderful for my daughter! We used to just freeze juice or Kool-Aid in the tupperware popsicle cups that the lid had a stick on it already. Other than that we just bought them! :)
    62. Thursday, July 31st, 2008
      My mom used to freeze grape juice and put popcicle sticks in the trays. It was so good!
    63. kim
      Thursday, July 31st, 2008
      ive been juicing really ripe fruit that i need something to do with A LOT this summer. it always makes it's way into popsicle molds. we've had cherry, berry, strawberry, but now we're bigtime into peaches. maybe peach pudding pops will be next!
    64. Thursday, July 31st, 2008
      WOW those are nifty. The perfect thing for my 4 grandkids.
    65. Go Amie
      Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      That looks very useful. Currently I use muffin liners; they work pretty well, but don't provide any insulation.
    66. Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      Wow...those are something that we need here!!
    67. Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      I find pudding pops at the store every once in awhile. They are from the brand Popcicle now and when I see them I buy several boxes to stash in the freezer. The dripstick is brilliant!
    68. Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      What a fantastic invention.
    69. Laura
      Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      What a smart invention! I think I'll still send my kids outside to eat popsicles and ice cream, but I would love to try this product out!
    70. Tiffany
      Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      What a great invention!! There would be a lot less mess in my house with those!
    71. Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      Oh goodness, Cindy! We need this Dripstick thing! Sure beats my chasing the kiddies around with paper towels, or trying to shove bowls under their chins! :0)
    72. Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      These are genius!
    73. Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      Dripsticks are a great idea! Mmmm, pudding pops! I need to make some of these. :0)
    74. hayley
      Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      my kids are soo messy with their ice cream! i would LOVE to have these! what a great idea!
    75. Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      They still make Pudding Pops. It's just hard to find them, and they really don't taste as good as they used to. I usually just freeze lemonade and make lemon pops. Sometimes I will will freeze kool aid, and make kool pops, but it's not really healthy. Thanks so much for the opportunity.
    76. Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      I miss those pudding pops too! My husband and I were just talking about them and the Bill Cosby commercials!

      This would really be great for summer, and thank for the recipe!
    77. CrystalGB
      Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      These would be awesome for my neice. She is a popsicle girl. LOL Thanks for the giveaway.
    78. Jamie from Fort Lauderdale
      Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      Great invention! Never saw them before.
      I don't have any recipes to share but I got a few from the comments!
      thank you!
    79. Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      I don't have any recipes to share, but I would like to be entered in the giveaway. Thanks.
    80. Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      I would love the dripstick gift pack! (We need a few more!)
      I posted some recipes on my blog not too long ago too.

    81. Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      I'd love to try the dripstick with my especially messy 20 month old!
    82. Trisha
      Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      My hubby and I miss those pudding pops too! They were a tasty treat. This dripstick is a wonderful idea, leave it to a Mom to come up with it! *So great* My 3 year old would think he was extra special with a fancy ice cream holder like that!
    83. Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      Wow! What a cool idea! My kids love popsicles, but rarely get them 'cause they drive me nuts with the mess!
    84. April
      Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      What a great idea!!! How awesome that it works for ice cream cones AND popsicles!! I'm not much of a popsicle eater, but my daughter is & let me tell ya I NEED THAT DRIPSTICK!! haha! It's always one more outfit to wash when she gets to have a special "drippy" treat! Great giveaway, thanks for entering me!
    85. April
      Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      What a great idea!!! How awesome that it works for ice cream cones AND popsicles!! I'm not much of a popsicle eater, but my daughter is & let me tell ya I NEED THOSE DIPSTICKS!! haha! Great giveaway, thanks for entering me!
    86. Paula H
      Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      Why didn't I think of that? Very clever. I will sometime make popsicles by freezing flavored yogurt. The kids love them.
    87. Eileen
      Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      Love the dripstick! That would save me so much clean-up time! Thanks for the iea for jello pops - think I might need to make some today!
    88. Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      What a clever idea!

      We often make juice pops. Just put a bit less water in the juice concentrate and pour it in the popsicle forms. Yummy! and a bit healthier!
    89. Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      What a great idea! Three of my littlies could have used that gadget just the other day. What a mess they were!
    90. Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      maybe you should try heavy cream? i dunno....

      i want one of those dripstick thingies for my 23 year old self!
    91. Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      Wouldn't I just be the coolest auntie if I delivered these!?
    92. Sarah
      Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      WHat a great idea. My toddler would get to enjoy popsicles more often with this!
    93. Brooke
      Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      Wow... I needed these about 2 years ago... My son is now 4 but ohhh the messes back then and now.. We like to make fruitpops with the fruit of the season and add a sugarfree (or less sugar) juice... Puree in the blender and freeze.. hmmm yummy
    94. Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      Great product! Super cool!!
    95. Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      We would love some of these. I get pretty tired of sticky fingers!
    96. Anne Haun
      Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      What a neat device and what a lovely giveaway - thanks.
    97. Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      How ingenious! I love anything frozen right now as I'm pregnant - but that also means I'm MESSY so this would be great :)
    98. Sandra
      Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      I am thinking that some adults in our family could make use of this device. I still have the old popsicle making set that my Mom used...I should go and dig that out...YUM!

      owatz (AT) telus (DOT) net
    99. Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      I LOVE those! Thanks for the give-away!
    100. Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      Well, that's fancy.
      Pudding pops were all I could make after my first (and only) attempt at making pudding with soy milk. Due to the lack of fat, it won't set up. But yes, not as good and certainly more ice crystals, but at least they didn't go in the trash.
      Cheers, Cindy!
    101. Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      Thanks for the recipe and I love that invention it might make me enjoy giving popsicles to my kids again.
    102. Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      try these, really healthy but yummy http://www.treehuggingfamily.com/homemade-popsicles-recipes/
    103. Crys
      Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      What a good idea! Wish I would've thought of that!
    104. Sarah
      Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      Don't we all wish we could come up with a clever little invention like this one!
    105. Rhonda
      Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      I definitely need some of those dripsticks for my grands. They are such a "neat" idea. LOL! I like to fix frozen bananas for my grandchildren instead of popsickles. After bananas are frozen, I think they taste like homemade banana ice cream. They are much less messy to eat, very nutritious AND it's a great way to keep very ripe bananas from going bad before you can use them.
    106. Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      What a lifesaver of an invention!
    107. Stephanie
      Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      I've never heard of these-What a great idea!! I miss the pudding pops too and was thinking about them earlier this year!! Thanks for this great giveaway!
    108. Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      That is so cool! I love it. I also just so happen to have 4 little people in my house who can not eat ice cream cones without making a disastrous mess.

      P.S. I miss Jello pudding pops so much! A couple of years ago I scoured the internet to try and find a source to acquire them or something similar. No luck. We should launch a grass roots movement to bring them back.
    109. Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      That Dripstik is the smartest thing I have ever seen! Finally a way to keep sticky drips from creating sticky fingers. Mom inventors are always the greatest.
    110. Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      I must be wrong but I swear I saw puddig pops at the store recently, maybe it's a regional thing. I miss the Bill Cosby jello commercials.
    111. Heidi
      Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      What a cool invention. My mom used to make us pudding pops and popsicles when I was little. She used dixie cups. I can't wait to make them for my little guy!

      Being a bit of a clean freak, I'd love to stop any stickiness before it starts!
    112. Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      oh i could've used 3 of these this summer lol this is a great idea! Great giveaway! I hope I'm the lucky winner.
    113. Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      What an innovative idea. Thanks for the giveaway.

    114. Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      Loving these!

      We do "grapesicles" at our house. I posted about them on my blog a few weeks back. You just plunk grapes on a lollipop stick and freeze. My kids devour them.
    115. Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      I would love to control the dripping stickiness
    116. Victoria
      Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      What a great giveaway! Thank you!
    117. Beth B.
      Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      wow - what a great idea - i would love to win the gift set! super cool!
      -Beth B (mommy to a busy almost 5-yr old)
    118. Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      What a great invention! Lil' man's latest obsession is popsicles and he knows they are for outside only. This would make it so much easier!!
    119. Crystal
      Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      Wow that is a good idea, and really cute too. They make pudding pops again under the popsicle brand. I always liked making some from juice. Once I tried to make root beer ones when I was a kid...didn't work out very well, lol.
    120. Emma
      Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      The dripstick is a great idea!

    121. Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      What a great product!! A must have for anyone with a toddler!
    122. Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      Smart, smart, smart! My almost two year old needs this every day. And my almost 4 year old might be allowed to eat ice cream in cones again with it. She now only does ice cream in cups and she looks wistfully at us grownups licking away out our ice cream cones. Thank you for sharing this cool invention!
    123. Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      The Dripstick is BRILLIANT!! Having a "why didn't I think of that" entrepreneurial moment. Ha ha.
    124. Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      Amazing! I would totally buy and use these!
    125. Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      Those look great! My 3 and 4 year old sure could use them.
    126. Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      OMG, the Dripstik is brilliant! My (almost) 2 year old daughter loves ice cream, but I dread giving it to her because of the mess. I can't wait to get some of these.

      Here's my favorite frozen treat recipe:

      White Grape Pops

      1 1/2 cups seedless red grapes, halved
      4 1/2 cups white grape juice

      Divide grape halves among eight 6-oz. pop molds or disposable cups. Pour in the grape juice and insert sticks. Freeze for at least 6 hours. Let stand for about 5 minutes before unmolding.

      *You can also try these pops with any fruit you have on hand!*
    127. Mommy Bee
      Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      I miss those Jell-O Pudding Pops, too! Thanks for the recipe! And, what a great giveaway! I'd never heard of the Dripstick. What a smart mom-invention!
    128. Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      They still make pudding pops! I do not think that they taste the same as they did when I was a kid. You can only get them in a multi pack too- chocolate, vanilla, and swirl!

      That Dripstik hold is awesome! I need it for my 3 year old!
    129. Heidi
      Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      What a great product! I'm sure my son would still manage to get himself sticky from head to toe, but at least it wouldn't be so easy for him.
    130. Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
      wow, this post had me took me back to my childhood. Love the Dripstick idea-- my four year old needed it yesterday :D