When I was growing up, homemade pudding pops were a memorable summer treat. I of course wanted to pass on the tradition and make them for my own kids. They are so easy to make and there are a lot of ways to make them even more fun!
Sure, you can go to the store and buy your own treats, but nothing is quite as delicious as making a homemade version. One of the best parts of this recipe is that it’s a snack that you put in the freezer and pull out when you need it! Kids and adults alike will enjoy these treats. They can easily be customized for a party theme as well.
Ingredients for Homemade Pudding Pops
- Sprinkles – With these pudding pops, you get to add sprinkles to them! This is one of my favorite parts because you can add special occasion sprinkles or choose favorite colors and shapes.
- Packages of instant vanilla pudding – Easy, peasy.
- Milk – Simply follow the pudding package directions.
- Dixie cups – You can buy the Dixie cups online or else you can go to the Dollar Tree, both are fairly inexpensive options.
- Wooden popsicle sticks – To help make the pudding pops, wooden popsicle sticks are needed! This is to help hold the pudding pops after they are frozen!
How to Assemble the Homemade Pudding Pops
- Put sprinkles into the bottoms of Dixie cups.
- Make pudding according to package directions.
- Pour pudding mixture into cups, filling about 3/4 of the way full.
- Let set for around 2 minutes and then insert a popsicle stick into each cup.
- Set the cups onto a cookie tray with a rim or in a muffin tin tray and put in the freezer until completely frozen. Peel off the Dixie cup. Enjoy!
- Remember this is a great snack for the freezer!
FAQs for Homemade Pudding Pops
Do I need special equipment to make pudding pops?
The best part of these pudding pops that are made right at home and you get to use something inexpensive like Dixie cups! Yup, you don’t have to spend a bunch of money on molds.
How long does it take to make homemade pudding pops?
The time required to make pudding pops varies depending on the recipe, but this recipe only requires a few minutes for preparing the mixture and another 4-6 hours to freeze completely. Try to do this earlier in the day, so that you can enjoy the treat same day.
Can I make pudding pops in advance?
Yes! Homemade pudding pops can be made several days in advance and stored in an airtight container in the freezer until ready to serve.
Variations for Frozen Pudding Pops
- Add sprinkles or colored sugar to the top of the pops before freezing for a fun and colorful touch.
- Swirl two different flavors of pudding together in the cups for a marbled effect.
- Use cookie cutters to create fun shapes from sheets of graham crackers or cookies to add as layers to the pops.
- Mix in chunks of candy bars or chocolate chips for added texture and flavor.
- Add a layer of caramel or fudge sauce between layers of pudding.
- Make a layered pudding pop with different flavors and colors, such as a red, white, and blue pop for the Fourth of July.
- Add a dollop of whipped cream to the top of each pop before serving.
- Drizzle melted chocolate over the finished pops for an extra decadent touch.
- Add a splash of liqueur to the pudding mixture for an adult twist.
- Create a “Neapolitan” style pudding pop with layers of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry pudding.
Now that you have ALL of these options for making frozen pudding pops from scratch, are you excited? If you do make these, I’d love to hear all about it!
- sprinkles optional
- 2 packages instant vanilla pudding 4 serving size
- milk amount according to package directions
- 12 Dixie cups give or take depending on how high you fill them
- 12 wooden popsicle sticks
Put sprinkles into the bottoms of Dixie cups. Make pudding according to package directions. Pour pudding mixture into cups, filling about 3/4 of the way full.
Let set for around 2 minutes and then insert a popsicle stick into each cup.
Set the cups onto a cookie tray with a rim or in a muffin tin tray and put in the freezer until completely frozen. Peel off the Dixie cup and enjoy!