For years now...actually since the late 90's, my husband has had to weather intermittent storms of my neurosis screaming for Jell-O pudding pops. Nothing, not ice cream, bon-bons, or imitation chocolate covered ice cream dreams...even Klondike bars could satisfy the decadence encompassing that frozen pudding goodness surrounded in a frosty cocoon, lying in wait for our tongues to relieve it from its icy sheath.
I'm not an ice cream fan, my friends. Yes, I do like the occasional bowl of frosty goodness, but then it has to be slathered in another late 80's necessity, Magic Shell. The milk chocolate variety, if you will. Alas, the Jell-O pudding pop was something only dreams were made of. It made a humble lunch time snack the envy of broccoli and brussel sprout eaters everywhere for we knew if we banded together and ate "just one more big-girl bite" that the Jell-O Pudding Pop could be ours. Ours! And Bill Cosby would be there all the while cheering us on.
Ah, the elusive pudding pop. I've heard rumors that they're on the market, licenced by other companies, but are they really the same? Could they ever hope to masquerade as the manna they were from our childhoods? Sadly, most likely not....even if I could find them in the stores and if I could I would be all over them like 'stank' on rotten meat, but since I can't find them, it's a mute point.
So, ladies and gentlemen, I'm here to tell you that I've made a most important discovery. A discovery that only took 15 (insert explicative here) years to discover....they sell Jell-O pudding in the stores and those freeze pretty darn good themselves and then you've got your delectable frosty treat without the hassle of harassing and cursing out the pimply faced teen at the grocery who never even heard of Jell-O Pudding Pops in his natural born life and who is OBVIOUSLY is good for nothing since he's never experienced the nectar of the gods before, and he calls himself a "frozen foods specialist". Hah! As if.
So whereas I did not have the most delectable of frozen treats tonight for dessert, I did have the next best thing.....next time, however, I'll make sure to read the packaging more carefully. This sugar-free stuff is for the birds.
The morning comes early. Sweet, sweet oh sweet Jell-O Pudding Pops dreams.
Whether you dreams include Cosby or not is your decision.