Cool Down With Easy DIY Chocolate Pudding Pops

  • It’s the season for popsicles, and if your grocery store is anything like mine, frozen treats like pudding pops have been flying off the shelves! With more people staying home, it seems they’re taking the entire freezer section with them. Luckily, it’s really easy to make your own! Not only are homemade pudding pops generally healthier (less additives) but they taste even better…in my opinion. These pudding popsicles, or pudding ice pops, are made with a from-scratch microwave pudding recipe that’s ready in less than FIVE minutes. Once frozen, add your favorite toppings! That sounds way better than a traditional fudge popsicle, and to be honest, I think these taste BETTER. Whether you’re making them for yourself or your kiddos, they’ll be a hit!

    To make chocolate pudding pops, you start with a simple pudding recipe. I recently discovered you can make delicious homemade pudding in the microwave! It doesn’t compromise flavor and texture, and it’s much easier and faster to make. However, you can also make a traditional chocolate pudding on the stovetop with egg yolks. For an even easier version, you can even use boxed mix with your favorite milk product. No matter how you prepare them, these fun treats are going to be kids’ new favorite snack. Save some for yourself though!

    Once the popsicles are frozen, carefully remove them from the mold. Although I use a popsicle mold, it’s not entirely necessary. Achieve the same result with plastic cups! Melt a bit of chocolate for drizzling or coating the popsicles. Work quickly in adding your toppings because the chocolate hardens quickly against a frozen popsicle. Try adding additional toppings like sprinkles, coconut, nuts or even white chocolate for tasty alternatives.

    Here’s how to make your own chocolate pudding popsicles with a simple from-scratch microwave pudding recipe!

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    Chocolate Pudding Popsicles (Eggless)

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    Servings: 6

    Ingredients:

    • 2 cups milk (1-2% diary recommended)
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 4 Tbsp cocoa powder (regular or dark)
    • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
    • Pinch of salt
    • 1 oz. chopped chocolate (semi-sweet recommended)
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract

    Directions:

    1. Whisk together the milk, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch and salt. The cocoa powder will not dissolve. Microwave for 1 minute.

    2. Remove and stir well. At this point, the cocoa powder will mostly dissolve. Microwave another minute. 

    3. Repeat stirring and microwaving in one-minute increments until the pudding forms a wrinkle on top. Stir well to dissolve the top film. Then start microwaving in 30-second increments.

    4. Repeat at least two more cycles until the pudding mixture is approximately the thick consistency of honey. It should be smooth and glossy.

    5. Add the chopped chocolate and stir to melt into the pudding. Mix in vanilla. 

    6. Top with plastic wrap so that it directly touches the pudding. This prevents a layer of film from developing as it cools. Refrigerate for about one hour until the mixture is cool. 

    7. Once cool, the pudding may still be a little thin, and that's OK. Carefully pour the pudding into popsicle molds or plastic cups. Add popsicle sticks and freeze for about 4 hours until frozen. 

    8. Then carefully remove each pudding popsicle from the mold. Drizzle with melted chocolate, or quickly dip the tops of the pops into chocolate and immediately sprinkle with toppings like sprinkles, nuts or coconut. Serve fresh or freeze for later!