Monday, August 23, 2010

Completely OT, but Totally Noteworthy.

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 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.


  1. JELL-O Homemade Pudding Pops
    recipe courtesy Kraft Foods

    What You Need
    1 pkg. (3.9 oz.) JELL-O Chocolate Instant Pudding
    2 cups cold milk

    Make It
    BEAT ingredients with whisk 2 min.

    POUR into 6 paper or plastic cups. Insert wooden pop stick or plastic spoon in center of each cup.

    FREEZE 5 hours or until firm. Peel off paper cups before serving.

    Kraft Kitchens Tips
    Special Extra
    Prepare as directed, stirring any of the following ingredients into pudding mixture before spooning into cups: 1/2 cup chopped or mashed fruit; 1/3 cup crushed peanut brittle; 1/4 cup chopped PLANTERS Peanuts or 1/2 cup JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows.

    Double-Decker Pudding Pops
    Prepare 2 pkg. (3.4 or 3.9 oz. each) JELL-O Instant Pudding, any two flavors, as directed on package for pudding. Spoon about 1/4 cup of one of the pudding flavors into each of 12 (5-oz.) paper or plastic cups. Top with remaining pudding flavor. Freeze as directed. Makes 12 servings.

    How to Remove Frozen Pops from Cups
    Place bottoms of cups under warm running water for 15 sec. Press firmly on bottoms of cups to release pops. (Do not twist or pull pop sticks.)

  2. This one is a bit more work, but her recipes always turn out good!

    Homemade Jell-O Pudding Pops

    1 large box (5.1 oz) Jell-O Chocolate Cook & Serve Pudding
    3 - cups cold milk
    1/2 - 3/4 cup thawed Cool Whip Whipped Topping
    Popsicle Sticks
    small Dixie or paper cups

    Follow package directions on the back of the pudding box. When pudding is cooked, cool slightly and add whipped topping. Let pudding cool down some and then pour into small paper cups. Using a little helper have them insert a Popsicle stick into each cup in the middle for a handle. I placed the cups on a 9x13 in glass pan so it was easier to place in the freezer. Freeze pops for 5 hours or until firm. Peel off paper and enjoy.

    There are a lot of different flavor so you can experiment. Our favorites are banana, vanilla and chocolate. You can also add crushed up Oreo's for cookies and cream jell-o pops.

  3. I've never had a real "licensed" one LOL, but my mom always made the homemade kind, yum! And are you telling me Magic Shell is still on the market? I have to find me some! My mom would never buy it for us and would say "what the hell is IN that stuff to make it do that?, don't you care?" Nope, I didn't care and I used to get it at my friends house :) Well I'm 40 now and still don't care, I need to find some Magic Shell!

  4. Hahahaha! I used to love jello pudding pops growing up too! My favorite was the chocolate vanilla swirl. We used to get them at the rollerskating rink (which are as extinct as the pops!)

  5. Your right, the ones out on the market now DO NOT TASTE THE SAME!!! I don't know what they were thinking getting rid of the real ones, but someone is losing money now! Those things were good! My favorite were the chocolate and vanilla swirl! MMMMMM!