It is hot hot hot here! We are craving anything cold! My kids would be satisfied with a regular popsicle but mom is missing those old Jello Pudding pops.  What happened to those? I loved them! So after four recipe trials—-soy milk versus regular milk and with and without the addition of Cool-Whip these were our favorite!

Pudding Popsicles

1 small box instant pudding
2 Cups milk
(1 Cup Cool-whip thawed) ****see update

Mix  together and fill popsicle molds. Freeze.  They are not as firm as a juice popsicle so it helps to release them by running the molds under hot water.  First I must say that these are good but don’t taste like like the real thing. The addition of Cool-Whip did make the popsicles smoother but they are just not as creamy and sweet as the originals.  I obviously didn’t add those extra chemicals (besides what is already in the jello and non-dairy frozen topping) and probably insane amount of corn syrup! The addition of Cool-Whip gave the popsicles a  good flavor but we were not able to easily remove the popsicles from the molds ***UPDATE I don’t think we had frozen the ones with Cool-Whip long enough. After about 24 hours in the freezer they were great and could be easily removed from the mold by running them under hot water.****

We drink soy milk around here but it just didn’t work for us in the popsicles.  The soy milk gave them a slightly funny taste and also made them have more ice crystals. Next time I would save a whole lot of time and effort by putting a popsicle stick into a pre-made pudding cup and freezing.

Now that we have  popsicles, I want to show you the coolest invention, the Dripstick.

This clever thing really works! One side fits a popsicle and the other an ice cream cone. All the drips and messes are caught in the lip of the holder—-ingenious! My three year old really likes this thing (and I saw a much older boy,  I won’t mention his name, using it). It makes it really easy for little hands to hold the popsicle or ice cream cone. I would think this would also be incredibly helpful for an elderly person or someone with a disability. If you would like to buy some you can find them here

Mecinna Price, mom inventor, wants one of you to try out Dripsticks.  Leave a comment before midnight on July 31, 2008 for a chance to win a free Dripstick gift set.  This includes 4 Dripstiks, 1 plastic ice cream scoop and Children’s Make Your Own Ice Cream recipe, all packages in a fun box. (Sorry only U.S. shipping for this giveaway)

If you have a favorite popsicle recipe, I would love to hear about it (and since I just made my chemical pops I would especially like knowing some healthier recipes).  You may leave recipes in your comments so everybody can see!

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  1. Oh THANK YOU!!! I cannot wait to try these pudding pops. I tried last summer to come up with my own pudding pops and they didn’t taste very good, to ice chunky.

    And that invention…..WOW, we needed that last night, lol. My 3 year old daughter and my 2 year old neice both had chocolate ice cream all the way to their elbows and down both legs, and that’s not even mentioning their clothes, lol.

    Thanks for offering!

  2. Crushed pineapple pops – open a can of crushed pineapple, mix with 2 cups apple juice, pour into popsicle molds. Freeze and then enjoy!

  3. So many great comments about the Dripstiks! Thanks for sharing your popsicle recipes!

    The giveaway for the Dripstiks Gift Set has ended

  4. I so need this!!! I’m always following my daughter around to make sure the popsicle juices don’t get on the carpet. LOL

    I don’t have any recipes to share cause I’ve never made any.
    I’ve only just put orange juice in ice cube trays with popsicle sticks. 🙂

  5. This would be wonderful. There are always little ones at my house, and oh the messes they can make. I would love to try these out.


  6. Another great idea! My solution was let them eat it in the bathtub, but this thing is so much better than that!

  7. I would love to have these! When I was a kid we had to take off our clothes and sit in a cardboard box to eat a popsicle. At least with this you get to keep your dignity.

    onlycancan at hotmail dot com

  8. With two toddlers, this would be a great item to have on hand. Especially with all the popsicles we eat here in the Arizona heat! Thanks for the chance to bring them home.

  9. My son stops eating popsicles and cones as soon as he gets sticky! What a great idea! Thanks.

    thundercloudgirl AT hotmail DOT com

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