Posted by gabber1981 on Jul - 9 - 2012 under Chocolate, Dessert, Frozen, Popsicle, Pudding, Sweet, Vanilla
Ingredients
  • 1 3 oz package of vanilla Jell-O Cook and Serve pudding(divided)
  • 2 cups milk(divided)
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) of cocoa
Cuisine: Cooking time: Approx. 20 mins Serving: 3 people

It’s summer time, at least in this part of the world, and it’s hot as hell.

The conventional way to combat the heat and the sweat is to stay in-doors and blast your AC, but the tried and true way to achieve a cool reprieve, no matter how brief, is to eat a popsicle.  And do you know what is better than a regular ole popsicle?  Hands down, no contest, it’s a pudding popsicle.

I think as a kid I made popsicles under the supervision of my mother and I know that I bought them.  I have many fond memories of devouring grape flavored popsicles during the dog days of summer.  But I never made any pudding popsicles.  In fact, up until the other day, I had never even thought of how one was made.

Thankfully, I have a husband who does know how and was willing to demonstrate how to make them for me.  You don’t have to be a rocket scientist or anything to figure it out, but I never had to think about the process since the freezer section of my grocery store back home had plenty to go around.

Turns out, all you need is a pack of Jell-O (you can pick the flavor), milk and some popsicle molds.

So, why I am posting such an easy recipe, you ask?  I’ll tell you.  Because as simple as it is, sometimes you don’t have all the necessary items to create them, and those that you need can’t be easily found.  It’s comes with the territory of living in China.  And so if you can’t get want you need, you can’t exactly get what you want.  For example, I don’t have any popsicle molds, and despite the amount of stores that surround me, I couldn’t find any.  Also, I couldn’t find any tongue depressors, but I didn’t look very hard for those.   In addition to those, I also couldn’t find any chocolate Jell-O mix, but that problem wasn’t too hard to fix.  I can find cocoa here, but it isn’t cheap.

So mainly, I am posting this because the result made me laugh and because it’s easy.  And nothing beats easy.

You can very easily double or triple this recipe if you need to, but one package of Jell-O will just barely yield three popsicles.  Also, you don’t have to mix flavors together.  That’s completely up to you.  Chocolate and vanilla do compliment each other very well, though, I think.

Oh, and just because my husband concocted ghetto Jell-O pops doesn’t mean you have to.  However, if you feel compelled to do so, I’d love to see your ghetto versions.

I hope that you enjoy it and may your tears be few.

 

Instructions

1.  Open your Jell-O pudding box and divide the powder equally into two small bowls.

2.  Add 3 tablespoons to one of the bowls.  (Add more or less depending on the chocolate intensity you desire.)

3.  Mix the vanilla pudding mixture and the cocoa together.

4.  Pour 1 cup of milk into a small sauce pan.

5.  Add the vanilla mixture to the milk and boil it.  Be sure to stir continuously.  Once it has reached a full rolling boil, remove it from the fire.

6.  Pour the pudding mixture in a small bowl and set in the freezer so it will cool faster.  (This is an especially important step if all you have is plastic cups that will melt if you pour the mixture into them immediately.)

7.  Repeat step four and boil the chocolate pudding mixture.  (Stir constantly!!)

8.  Set the chocolate mixture in the freezer as well until it has cooled and slightly congealed

9.  Pour the cooled chocolate into your three cups.

10.  Pour the cooled vanilla mixture on top of the chocolate  slowly so that it mostly stays on top and doesn’t mix all together.  (Or you can pour it quickly and give it a quick stir to create a swirl effect.)

11.  Stick a plastic spoon into the mixture.  Place a sheet of plastic wrap down over the spoon.  This will help keep the spoon in place as it freezes.

12.  Place the cups in the freezer for at least 5 hours or overnight.  Remove the plastic wrap.  (You can see that the top of my spoon is cut off.  It wouldn’t fit into my freezer.)

13,  Cut the edge of the cup and tear it off.  It may be a little icy, but as long as it’s summer, do you really care?  Nah, I didn’t think so.

 Notes

1.  I read that adding Cool Whip cuts down on the icing a little.

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