3popspopsicle week textI’m kicking off the unofficial start of summer with a whole week of new popsicle recipes, tips, useful links, and DAILY GIVEAWAYS. Homemade popsicles are so incredibly versatile I need an entire week to explore all the reasons why you NEED these in your life this summer. I’m dedicating each day this week to a different kind of popsicle, and today it’s old fashioned pudding  pops.  Invented in the 70s, these popsicles, made with actual pudding, are still around, inspiring some of the most creative frozen treats out there.  Don’t forget to leave a comment at the end of the post to be automatically entered to win a different giveaway every day! (details below)

chunky peanut butter cup pudding popsicles

My debut pudding pop is inspired by this one by Matt at Real Food by Dad.  I couldn’t stop gawking at it so I decided to make a version for myself.  His uses both chocolate and vanilla pudding, and Butterfingers.  Yum.  I love the look of the rugged veins of candy running through the pudding.  A total departure from all of my other pops so far, thanks Matt!

a chorus line of chunky peanut butter cup pudding popsicles

Pudding pops are distinctive because they are so utterly creamy, there’s not a hint of iciness about them.  But in general I’d say that they fall into the kid-pop realm.  For convenience they’re usually made with boxed pudding mixes, and while I can’t think of a kid who would turn up his or her nose at one, I think adults would prefer a homemade pudding.   That’s easily done, just substitute any homemade pudding for the box.  At the end of the post Ive linked to a Martha Stewart vanilla pudding pop and you can use that recipe as a base.

Peanut butter pudding pops with peanut butter cups!

In this pop the peanut butter flavor comes through loud and clear thanks to the full cup of chunky peanut butter I added to the pudding toward the end of cooking.   Chopped Reese’s Cups adds a decadent chocolatey layer.  Any chocolate candy can be chopped and layered into the pudding for a customized recipe, I’m thinking Snickers, or peanut M&Ms might be good.   And one of the nice perks of pudding pops is that they don’t get as drippy as other popsicles.  The pudding keeps its shape, so it’s a little easier to serve to a crowd.  If you want to dole them out one at a time, wrap them in a plastic baggie after removing them from the mold.

Chunky Peanut Butter Cup Pudding Popsicles

What You Will Need

  • 1 4.6 oz box of vanilla 'cook and serve' pudding mix
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup chunky peanut butter
  • approximately 12-14 mini peanut butter cups (I used Reese's Dark Miniatures)

Instructions

  1. Heat the milk and the pudding mix in a saucepan over medium heat according to the package directions. Just before the mixture comes to a boil, stir in the peanut butter. Stir to completely incorporate the peanut butter, and when everything just comes to a boil and is thickened, take it off the heat and let cool slightly.
  2. Chop the peanut butter cups into small pieces.
  3. Spoon the pudding into a pastry bag and squeeze a layer of pudding into each popsicle mold. Fill each one about 1/3 - 1/2 the way up.
  4. Divide the chocolate evenly between all the molds. Then fill to the top with pudding. Firmly rap the mold on a hard surface to make sure the pudding fills the mold and to avoid large air pockets.
  5. Insert a stick into each popsicle, no need for a top since the pudding is thick enough to hold the stick upright.
  6. Freeze until firm, about 5-6 hours, or overnight.
  7. To unmold the popsicles, fill the sink with hot water and immerse the mold right up to, but not over, the top lip for about 15-20 seconds. If the pops don't slide out easily, immerse again for a few seconds.
  8. Store the popsicles in plastic baggies in the freezer.
http://theviewfromgreatisland.com/2014/05/chunky-peanut-butter-cup-pudding-popsicles.html

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  A pastry bag helps with filling the molds with warm pudding.  It also helps force the pudding into the crevices created by the chopped candy.  Rap the mold firmly on a hard surface to remove any air pockets before freezing.

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 Pudding pops need extra time in the freezer to firm up, so plan on at least 5 or 6 hours, or overnight.

 

 

Peanut butter pudding pops with peanut butter cups! 2

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chunky peanut butter cup pudding popsicles

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And here are a few of my favorite pudding popsicles from other blogs (if I missed your favorite, link it up in the comments!) —

Rocky Road Pudding Popsicles from Chocolate Chocolate and More

Healthier Fudge Pudding Popsicles  from Chocolate & Carrots

Vanilla Pudding Pops from Martha Stewart

Apricot Rice Pudding Pops from Epicurious

Oreo Pudding Pops from No. 2 Pencil

Butterscotch Pudding Pops from Smitten Kitchen

 

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38 Responses to Chunky Peanut Butter Cup Pudding Popsicles

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  3. Marilyn says:

    What a unique idea. On my bookmarked list to try!

  4. Jen says:

    This sounds intriguing. I wonder if the pudding would give the popsicle a more creamy texture. Does it?

  5. Mary says:

    I am definitely making theses! Just saw the link to the Popsicle mold you use and just ordered it! Hope I win the book! I will put it to good use!!!!

  6. I’ve never had a pudding popsicle before – these look so yummy. Must try!!

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  8. CakePants says:

    I’ve never had a pudding popsicle, but I’m betting that these are *my kind* of popsicles! Love how these look :)

  9. Love the idea of using pudding mix – what an easy way to make these!

  10. Oh man, these look so good! I just bought some popsicle molds a couple weeks ago. I’m ready for Popsicle week!

  11. These look to die for, I love that layer of chopped PB cups!

  12. Jen C says:

    These look amazing! My kids and I have just starting getting into Popsicle making so this giveaway would be fabulous!!

  13. Meredith says:

    These look scrumptious! Can’t wait to try.

  14. Lauri says:

    That does it! Going out to buy my molds this minute.

  15. dana says:

    yum yum yum. I would like to try this with chocolate or peanut butter pudding too.

  16. Joanne says:

    These are the popsicles to end all popsicles! Peanut butter cup lovers unite.

  17. Wow – these are calling my name! I have to get a popsicle mold – and then spend the entire summer making your wonderful creations. Pudding pops – oh yes!!! Beautiful delicious idea :) Have a great week of frozen deliciousness :)

  18. Bonnie Eng says:

    You are officially the popsicle queen! I love them all!!! :)

  19. Mary says:

    Love your beautiful Popsicles. I bet they taste as good as they look! What brand do you uses to make these.

  20. Velva says:

    OMG! These pudding pops look amazing. I agree the creamy texture is what makes these popsicles extra special-

    Velva

  21. Sandy Headtke says:

    Batch is in the freezer now. Hoping they are ready before bedtime or else its what’s for breakfast.

  22. Renee Harris says:

    Holy yumminess!!! I have to make these.

  23. Ann says:

    These look delicious. Just ordered a popsicle mold, it will be arriving this week. Can’t wait to see the other recipes, hope to win the book :)

  24. MaryEllen says:

    My son heard the name of these pudding pops and said “make them, please!” (he’s 17!)

  25. Linda romer says:

    I have never made pudding pops before. You’re pudding pops look delicious, I will have to try to make them. Thank you

  26. Mary says:

    Oh we love popsicles and what a wonderful idea to use peanut butter pudding!!!
    Mary

  27. Amy says:

    How could you do this to me? I think of you as a friend. Ha! Amazing-looking treats. Trader Joe’s makes these pea-sized peanut butter cups that are sooo good; now I have a “reason” I have to buy some!

  28. Lisa says:

    yum….. think I might add some fresh banana chunks!!!!

  29. I made some banana popsicles today too. I will have to try some of your popsicles recipes..These look so beautiful.

  30. Kate says:

    These sound like an addictive recipe, Sue. :\

  31. So nice of you to mention my pudding pops, you did an AMAZING job with these. LOVE the idea of using chunky peanut butter and the peanut butter cups. They almost look too good to eat, I can’t stop staring at them! Hope you have a great Memorial Day and thank you again. Matt

  32. Sami says:

    These look delicious! I want to experiment with dipping them in chocolate and re-freezing them – have you ever put a chocolate shell on popsicles?

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