Homemade Pudding Pops

You know how all your friends growing up always had the cool snacks at their house?  (Although I’m sure my friends thought I was the one with the cool snacks.)  One of my friends always had Jello Pudding Pops at her house.  Visiting her in the summer was always a treat.  Don’t worry - I liked her for more than just her pudding pops.  I mean, she also had really cool Cabbage Patch Dolls.  No really – I liked my friend for who she was – not just for her pudding pops and dolls (and cool play room and cute puppy).

I can not recreate a Cabbage Patch Doll, nor do I think my boys would want me to.  But Beth at Turn 2 the Simple reminded me a few days ago with her comment on my Creamy Pudding recipe that I can recreate a Pudding Pop!  I love how tasty these are, how refreshing they are on a hot day – and how they actually offer some nourishment and keep my kids full for a little while.

I simply followed my Creamy Pudding recipes and froze the mixture into pudding pops.  EASY!!!  I made both chocolate and vanilla.  I didn’t try butterscotch, but I think I might next time just for fun!

How to Make Pudding Pops:

Make a batch (or two or three) of pudding.  You can use my healthy varieties of Creamy Pudding if you want!


Pour the pudding into popsicle containers or 3 ounce sized bathroom cups.
Each batch of pudding made about 15 Pudding Pop cups.
I found it easiest to put all the cups on a large cookie sheet for easier transport the freezer.


Allow the pudding to cool and set up (about 45 minutes).  Place a popsicle stick in each cup:


Put the Pudding Pops into the freezer for at least 4 hours.  I was surprised that it took quite a while for these to be frozen through and through.  Oh, but when they were frozen - it took me back to my days as a little girl playing with Cabbage Patch Dolls with my friend, and eating pudding pops on her porch.


Do you have any Pudding Pop or Cabbage Patch Doll memories to share? Oh dear, or are some of you too young to remember Cabbage Patch Dolls?

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  1. says

    I guess I really need to get some stainless steel popsicle molds! These look yummy.

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    jessica Reply:

    You don’t really need the stainless steel molds at all. They make plastic ones that are just as good!! :)

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    Lisa @Retro Housewife Goes Green Reply:

    Plastic can leach toxins into your food and it’s also bad for the environment. I prefer stainless steel. :)

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    sonya Reply:

    Is pba the only concern with food and plastic? I always look for a glass or metal option and am a big advocate of wax paper. But you can buy pba free popsicle molds. Also, I fold in whip cream to my chocolate pudding to make the pudding pops. It works great and taste creamy and delicious. Thanks.

  2. Callie says

    I loved pudding pops! Do they even make those anymore? I think I will be making these soon. And I had a friend who at least 30 cabbage patch dolls. I only had 1–that a family member made for me. It wasn’t the same. It did not have cornsilk hair. Or a signature on her behind :(

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    Dana Reply:

    Someone asked if they still make pudding pops…they do! My husband and I found them at an Aldi last summer. They were taken over by Popsicle brand…they are a different shape now but man, are they good!

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    Darcy Reply:

    I was the same as you, Callie. I had a homemade one, and it just wasn’t the same. My parents said they didn’t want to spend that kind of money on a doll. Of course, now my girls have Cabbage Patch dolls that my parents bought for them (along with dolls that cost even more!).

    I grew up on pudding pops as well. Now that our goat is milking again, I will just have to try making some pudding and making pudding pops!

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  3. RaShell S says

    How do you keep the pops from sticking to the paper cups. I just pulled one out of the freezer and I can’t get the paper off them.

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    Laura Reply:

    Oh dear – you know…the ones I used were made of thin plastic. I didn’t think of the paper sticking. If you run water over it, will the paper come off??

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    RaShell S Reply:

    Just tried running water over the paper cup.. It worked! We are at this very moment enjoying our choc. pops! Thank you!

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    Larissa Reply:

    If you let popcicles sit on the counter for 5-10 min they should slide right out too and you don’t have to worry about paper on your popcicle. But you have to practice patience. :)

    Lillie Reply:

    You should be able to tear the cup off starting at the rim of the cup. That is how they use to do it at Dairy Queen. I suppose they probably still do. I don’t know.

  4. says

    I loved my cabbage patch dolls!! I kept a few of them and gave one to my daughter when she turned 4. Brings back some good memories :D Can’t wait to try this recipe with my children. Thanks!

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  5. Anna says

    I had just made pudding pops earlier today~~~ then I saw this e-mail! Ahhhhh…. childhood memories. Hope to be creating some for our son, including pudding pops. And to answer your question about Cabbage Patch Dolls, I received mine back when Zayer was still in business (yup, I’m right there with you on the age thing). My mom stood in line overnight to get me one for Christmas that year then come spring/summer I left it outside in the sun and it actually got a tan! CRAZY?! Right!?! Who knew a plastic doll could get a tan?

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    Kelley Reply:

    My aunt used to date Xavier (long time ago,LOL) so I always got Cabbage Patch dolls for my Birthday and Christmas. I plan to take my daughter to the Cabbage Patch Hospital in Cleveland, GA this year for her birthday so she can “adopt” a Cabbage Patch baby, and watch it being “born” :)

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  6. says

    I absolutely LOVE pudding pops. Ok, what kind of pudding do you use? Or do you have a pudding recipe?

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    Laura Reply:

    Yep – just follow the links in my post for “Creamy Pudding” and it’ll take you to three yummy recipes!

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    Becky @ Our Peaceful Home Reply:

    Oh, duh. Thanks. For some reason my other computer didn’t want to find any links.

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  7. says

    My cabbage patch story comes from the creator, Xavier Roberts. I grew up in northeast Georgia and he would come by my family’s farm and purchase fresh produce from us. I also grew up going to Baby Land General every time family came into town. (Baby Land General is where the cabbage patch were “born” every hour, on the hour. It just happen to be about 10 miles down the road from my family’s farm. :)

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  8. says

    I was just thinking about pudding pops and wondering if the still sold those. No reason to buy them now, I’ll just make these! Have you ever used instant pudding and then froze it? Great idea!

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    Laura Reply:

    No, but I would imagine it would work. :)

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  9. Janet Kiessling says

    Well, the kids & I stopped @ the store to buy some arrowroot. They did not have any. So, I went home to look it up to try & purchase it online. Found a couple of places BUT the s/h was completely outragious(sp?). I guess that what happens when we live way over here in California – :0). So, one of the websites sudgested using cornstartch. We tried it – and IT WORKED!!!! Mama’s happy & the kids will be happy tomorrow when they get to have some yummy vanilla – made w/ homemade vanilla, too!!! Thanks for the recipe, Laura!!! <

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    Katie Reply:

    Did you try azure standard? You may be able to find a drop point for deliveries near you. They are located in Oregon. They do UPS deliveries also.

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    Janet Kiessling Reply:

    Thanks – tried everything!!! :0)
    Frugally speaking – this was cheapest way to go!!!

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  10. susan says

    i loved my cabbage patch doll so much that i bought my older girls’ one when they re-released them….they weren’t as fond as i was and ignored them…too many other toys i guess

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  11. Micah says

    My children play with my Cabbage Patch doll. Her name is Tracey & she’s a preemie. Really cute! My oldest 2 girls received their own as a first birthday gift & my baby girl will get hers next year. As for the pudding pops, I told my husband it was a good thin he knew I’d made them because without accountability I could eat the whole (ice cube) tray! I figured if I was going to put in the effort of stirring a pot for so long making pudding I’d just as well stir 2 pots at once! We enjoyed chocolate and vanilla. Thanks for all the wonderful recipes!!

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  12. Kelly says

    Can you make the pudding with out the eggs?? Just wondering we can not do eggs here… We CAN do Duck Eggs.. and that is what I used last time I made it.. But the ducks are not laying great right now.. so I was wondering if it might work without the eggs??

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    Laura Reply:

    Hmm, I’m not really sure. The eggs really help acheive thickness in this recipe. BUT, you could sure give it a try and see what happens. At the very least, you can drink your pudding!

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    Kelly Reply:

    Okay.. guess we will give it a try and see what happens!

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  13. Christa says

    I was just talking about pudding pops last night with my husband. It seems they were so much bigger than the ones we have in the store now. Cabbage patch kids!! My mother stood in line in CA just to learn they were all out and had to be put on a waiting list to get me one. The things we do for our kids.

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  14. says

    christa, my mom did the same thing!!! I had a red haired one that looked just like me! I don’t know what happened to her but I miss my doll! I have a great pic of me holding her. ahhhh…the memories.

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  15. Luz says

    Hi Laura,
    I was looking at your pudding pop recipe and was wondering if you think that sugar free instant pudding would work to make these?

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    Laura Reply:

    Yes, it would work – although I’m not a fan of sugar-free foods as I don’t trust their sweeteners to be healthy. :(

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  16. Sarah B says

    Growing up we always used these “special” glass malt cups and layered pudding then ice cream into the cups then froze them- they were oh so good!! I loved eating those things!

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  17. says

    Pudding pops & Cabbage Patch dolls! Yes, I’m at the end of my 4th decade too. My red-haired CP doll, Gilly Whitney, is in a box in the attic. I had hoped to pass her on to one of my children, but with five boys, that’s not going to happen. Hmmm…what will be her fate?

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  18. says

    I have a Cabbage Patch doll that my mother insisted on buying for me (I thought they were as ugly as could be and didn’t want one, finally consented to a black premie girl with a tuft of hair, her name is Carolyn Jo and I can see her on the shelf right now, just brought home three months ago after three and a half years of storage…), AND one that my mother made (Jessica Karen, and she’s sitting next to Carolyn Jo), which my mother, at my insistance, did sign on her bottom! :-)

    We make all sorts of popsicles here, usually plain yogurt or yogurt with fruit, sometimes fruit juice.

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