Milk Chocolate & Vanilla Pudding Pops

IN EVERY REAL MAN A CHILD IS HIDDEN THAT WANTS TO PLAY.”  Friedrich Nietzsche

Milk Chocolate & Vanilla Pudding Pops | From My Sweet Heart

Oh to be a kid again!

I never had the opportunity to travel in my childhood.  But summers still felt very carefree.  And it was the very simple, little things that brought the greatest pleasure.  Like running through the sprinkler in the backyard on a hot day, going to the county fair, or running frantically for my money when I heard the ice cream truck approaching the neighborhood!

Well those days of chasing down the ice cream man are over!  Not only do I enjoy making my own ice cream.  I’ve now ventured into making a variation on a home made ‘fudgesicle’.  These sweet and creamy frozen pops are made with milk chocolate and vanilla puddings.  It’s my contribution to the Improv Cooking Challenge this month.  Once a month, Kristen of The Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker challenges us to put two ingredients together in any recipe of our choice.  This month, we were to combine chocolate and vanilla.  Two flavors near and dear to my heart!  And here’s my chilly spin on it all.

 

 

In my day we had fudgesicles, popsicles, creamsicles and ice cream sandwiches.

Now you can have Mrs. Field’s chocolate chip cookie sandwiches, frozen Snickers and Choco Tacos.

Some where in between I missed the pudding pops.  But they are making a comeback!!!

 

 

Milk Chocolate & Vanilla Pudding Pops | From My Sweet Heart

 

Though I like most any kind of frozen milk on a stick, these are kind of unique in how they melt.  While maintaining their shape, they melt back into pudding!

 

Here it is out of the freezer . . . . .

 

 

Milk Chocolate & Vanilla Pudding Pops | From My Sweet Heart

 

 

And after a couple of bites and a few licks . . . . .it’s pudding!

 

 

Milk Chocolate & Vanilla Pudding Pops | From My Sweet Heart

 

Make them chocolate.  Make them vanilla.  Or make them out of your favorite childhood pudding flavor!

 

Level of difficulty:  easy.  (no ice cream maker required cuz it’s pudding!)

Yields:  6-8 bars depending on the size of your molds

 

 

Milk Chocolate & Vanilla Pudding Pops | From My Sweet Heart

 

 

MILK CHOCOLATE & VANILLA PUDDING POPS:

  • 2 cups of cream
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 1/8 of a teaspoon of salt
  • 3 ounces of milk chocolate, melted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract

 

Combine the dry ingredients in a small bowl (the sugar, cornstarch and salt).  In a medium saucepan, whisk together the egg yolks and the milk.  Then add the dry ingredients into the milk mixture. Whisk this constantly until all is combined.  Simply bring this to a simmer over medium heat, stirring constantly now, with a wooden spoon.  When the mixture starts to bubble slightly around the edges, cook it for another minute.  The whole process should take about 5-7 minutes or so. 

Divide the pudding equally between two bowls.  Add the melted chocolate to one, and the vanilla extract to the other.  If your pudding looks as if it will begin to separate, just whisk it vigorously until it is smooth.  Let it cool to room temperature.  And then alternately spoon the puddings into your ice pop molds.  I also used a large wooden skewer to try and swirl the puddings together a bit.  Tap the molds firmly on your kitchen counter to try and get any air pockets out.  Insert your popsicle sticks.  And place the pops into your freezer.  Freeze until they are firm, about 6 hours, or overnight.  These will keep for up to one week.

To unmold them, run a little hot water on the outsides of the molds for a few seconds, until you are able to gently pull them out by the sticks.

 

Frozen . . . . .

 

Milk Chocolate & Vanilla Pudding Pops | From My Sweet Heart

 

Creamy. . . . .

 

 

Milk Chocolate & Vanilla Pudding Pops | From My Sweet Heart

 

And perfect for the kid in all of us!

 

 

Milk Chocolate & Vanilla Pudding Pops | From My Sweet Heart

 

A big thanks again to Kristen of The Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker for another fun challenge.  Visit the Improv Cooking Challenge for details.  And be sure to check out what the rest of the Improvers did with chocolate and vanilla this month!

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Comments

  1. mmmmmmmmmm — I miss pudding pops & “fudjicals” too! What a deliciously simple recipe you’ve given us. Thank you, Anne!

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      Thansk Melody! And I would give anything to try one of your Dark Chocolate Dipped Vanilla Bean filled Chocolate Sandwich Cookies….they look outrageously good! : )

  2. Oh man, I loved pudding pops! Your pics have brought back yummy memories. Definitely have to try these.

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      Thanks Lesa….and oh man….your cocoa rubbed chicken looks fantastic! ESPECIALLY with that vanilla/balsamic glaze! WOW! : )

  3. These are WAY better than any Popsicle or fudgsicle! So creamy and delicious!!!

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      Thanks Liz….and how beautiful and delicious your flourless vanilla and chocolate swirl cake looks! : )

  4. Yum!

  5. These look super yummy! Perfect for summer (or even summer that feels like fall, like we’ve had lately!). I definitely love that you don’t have to make the ice cream, too. So much less time-consuming.

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      Thanks Kim…but I’d much rather have a piece ( or two!) of your incredible chocolate and vanilla ice cream cake. Now that …brings back fond memories of MY childhood! : )

  6. We had lots of fruity pops this summer (sadly the summer is over :-( ) . Save this for the next summer!

  7. Oh wow — these look so creamy and delicious!!

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      Thanks Amy! And I’m coming over to get a closer look at that yummy zucchini and biscuit pie! Perfect summer recipe! : )

  8. These look great Anne! You came up with such a cool idea for the challenge.

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      Awwwww Jon. You are a doll and I miss you so much! Thanks for taking a moment to write here…..now get back and keep studying your Italian! ;- }

  9. Anne, I haven’t made pudding pops since I don’t know when… I love that you mixed the chocolate and vanilla – the best of both worlds! Have a great weekend :) PS: I just checked out Kristen’s lemon ice cream recipe and boy does that look good too!

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      Thanks Eileen! It’s a retro dessert that I know you can appreciate. Congratulations on the completion of your retro camper. I love the Pink Paradise! Now you get to enjoy her! And I’m heading over to Kristen’s…..I LOVE lemon ice cream!!! : )

  10. These look great! Perfect to eat outside in the summer heat to cool off

  11. You got the dream flavor combo this month, and you rocked them!

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      Thanks Sandra….yes…an easy challenge this month. And I took an even easier route with the ice cream! But I’m kind of wishing the ingredients were sweet potatoes and cream cheese….cuz your bundt cake looks just amazing! : )

  12. These look fantastic!! I so miss being a kid!

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      Thanks Stephanie and how I miss being a kid sometimes, too! Though when I was a kid, I doubt I would have tried your beautiful spinach and artichoke dip. Two vegetables I didn’t come to enjoy until I was an adult! : )

  13. These pudding pops indeed take me back to childhood. Of course I never had the homemade version… it was Bill Cosby’s Jello pudding pops from the store. I must say your pops look a whole lot better. They look way more creamy… dreamy and delicious. :)

    Great way to cool off this summer. :) Have a great weekend.

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      Thanks Ramona….and I remember those Jello pudding pops, too! They were pretty good! Your sesame orange beef skewers look so good, too! I think I’m going to try making them this week for dinner! : )

  14. Gosh these look good! I used to love the ice cream truck when I was a tad. Still do, actually. ;-) I haven’t had pudding pops in ages, and now of course I won’t be able to think of anything else until I have some. Good stuff – thanks.

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      Thanks so much John….and I haven’t had shrimp toast in ages and now all I can think about is your lightened up shrimp toast dip. But it’s that photo of your cucumber boats that has me thinking I need to make this recipe soon! : )

  15. Love these! So delicious – such a great treat! :)

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      Thanks Sara…..and I just love your soft, chewy oatmeal cookies. What a great tip to use up your leftover bits of dried fruit! They look awesome! : )

  16. The fudgesicle has always been my favorite pudding pop! We live a block away from an elementary school, so we get the popsicle truck go by the house every day. There have been days that when I heard it, I would go stand on the curb waiting to get my fudgesicle (No running for this girl either.) What a delicious looking pudding pop! Love the combination of chocolate and vanilla and these look scrumptious!!!!

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      Thanks MJ! I miss the ice cream truck. Though I’m lucky enough to have the milkman come to my house! : )

  17. What a great idea you’ve come up with, Anne, to meet the choc/vanilla challenge. I remember the days of running for the icecream truck. I’d have run even faster if they’d had these pudding pops!

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      LOL thanks Hester! Good thing the truck usually only goes 15 mph…so I can keep up! Your quick black current and rhubarb jelly looks so beautiful! : )

  18. How tempting are these pudding pops! My daughter is going to absolutely adore these.

  19. What a great treat to help ease the heat of summer and We still have a lot of hot weather ahead of us.
    Mimi

  20. I must go buy popsicle molds! Can you believe I don’t have any? Well, I must work on fixing that. They have been on my “list” for a while, but I can not wait any longer!

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      Thanks Kris….but if you let me come live on your farm…..I’ll bring you some AND make the popsicles/fudgesicles! I LOVE your recent post on hummingbird food. Your photos were just amazing! : )

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