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How To Make Homemade Frozen Pudding Pops Your Way!
Why Snack On The Unknown? You Make The Recipe, You're In Control Of What You're Eating!
My love of pudding pops goes way back about 25 years or more! My kids were little then, and their Gramma would always buy the chocolate pudding pops from the ice cream delivery man. My grown kids still love them to this day.
Trouble is, pudding pops, at least in my Midwest location, suddenly disappeared from the market! It was a sad day indeed when we could no longer buy them.
Fast forwarding to present day, my hypoglycemia has forced me into following a very low carb diet. Finding a way to satisfy that happy spot that only a frozen chocolate treat can fill suddenly became a major quest for me!
Over the last year I had learned how to make homemade chocolate pudding, and I'd started making the sugar free version for myself. One day I had a bit left over and thought, "What would happen if I froze this?" The results were most satisfying. Trouble was, frozen in a little coffee mug it took me about half an hour to eat it with a spoon! I remembered the old pudding pops, and inspiration was born.
Have you ever noticed how expensive any type of diet specific ice cream or frozen treats are? I've been paying around $4.50 for a box of 6 tiny sugar free ice cream bars. Sheesh! Well, you can make my pops for yourself for the cost of 3 cups of milk, cream or half and half (or any mixture thereof), a little dry cocoa, a little Splenda, and a splash of sugar free chocolate syrup! If you don't have a popsicle mold, no problem! Mine is packed in a box somewhere so I had to get creative and improvise.
It makes me so happy that now I can enjoy a really tasty version of my favorite treat with zero guilt and very little expense anytime I want! Maybe it will make you happy too -I hope so!
- 3 Heaping Tbsp. Powdered Unsweetened Cocoa
- Dash salt
- 2/3 cup Splenda
- 3 heaping tbsp. Cornstarch
- 3 cups any combination of Milk
- Heavy Cream or Half & Half - all of one
- or a mix
- 3 tbsp. Sugar Free Chocolate Syrup
- Mix all dry ingredients thoroughly in saucepan. Whisk in the 3 cups of dairy choice and the chocolate syrup. Keep whisking until very well combined. Now switch to a silicone spatula and bring mixture slowly to a boil over medium heat while stirring and scraping pan constantly. (On my electric stove, I use number 6). This is not the time to check on the kids, let the dogs out, whatever... stay right on that pan! Otherwise it can stick and scorch.
- When the pudding is almost ready it will make a particular sound like a sizzle when you scrape the sides of the pan. You're almost there. Once mixture starts to boil, keep stirring... When it immediately starts boiling right after you stir, you're done. Remove the pan from heat instantly.
- You can enjoy a cup of hot pudding and save the rest for your pops, or be very disciplined and save it all for the pops! Cool to room temperature, then chill overnight in fridge.
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Making The Pudding Pops
You Can Use Molds... But Here's The Cheap Way!
– Press N' Seal wrap (because it removes easily from frozen food)
–2 drinking straws cut into halves or thirds
– Prepared Pudding
Lay about a 12" square of Press N' Seal sticky side DOWN on your surface. Spoon desired amount of pudding (I used about 1/2 cup for mine) onto center of wrap. Lay a drinking straw "handle" well into pudding pile, gently pressing it into pudding. Bring one side of wrap up and lay over pudding. Bring other side up, gently squishing the pudding into a nice shape. Bring the top end wrap down over all. Finally, bring the handle end piece up, twisting around the handle as you go. If possible, I suggest you freeze these vertically with the straw end up, supported by other freezer items.
If you want to be really organized, after they are frozen you can put all your pops into a nice Zip-Loc bag or other freezer container.