We’re in the dog days of Summer, I’m sure of it. It’s hot outside! So the girls and I decided to make a sweet, cool treat to combat the Summer doldrums. Yes, I know I was wishing for boredom just a week ago, but apparently children get bored much faster than adults!
These yummy treats are gluten, dairy, soy, egg and nut free! And they taste great, just like the creamy ice cream pops you’d buy at the store. We made chocolate-banana pops last week, and this week we are trying butterscotch-white chocolate. Note: If you’ve ever made pudding before, you know that what goes into pudding is milk, eggs, and flour. How do you make pudding without these key ingredients? If you’re you’re like me, you’d really rather not know. The ingredients on the box are largely unpronounceable, but hey…I can look past that every now and then, right?
Step one: Gather your ingredients. You’ll need two boxes of Kraft pudding mix. Check the box before you buy it…many are gluten, dairy, soy and egg free. Some of them are not, so don’t forget to check! Also, this is one case where brand name matters. I checked the store brand pudding mixes, and most of them did have dairy…so proceed with caution! You’ll also need a box of your favorite milk substitute. We chose rice milk (don’t ask me how they milk rice. I don’t want to know). You’ll also need 2 Popsicle molds.
Step two: Make the pudding according to the package directions, but use the milk substitute instead of real milk. We ended up with one “instant” package that just needed mixing, and one “stovetop” package that needed cooking. We used the microwave directions for that one…hey, we don’t care if the pudding sets up anyway since we’re freezing it, so quick is good here. Don’t bother to chill the pudding, either…unless you want pretty layered pops, in which case you can chill it to make it a little thicker.
Step three: Fill the Popsicle molds with 1/2 of one type of pudding.
Step four: Then fill them the rest of the way with the other type.
Step five: Freeze and enjoy!
My two helpers…
A moment of sisterly love (“What, don’t you trust me to fill them up?”)