Pudding Pops

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Dark Chocolate pudding pops made with LACTAID® milk have plenty of rich, chocolate flavor. These pops make for the perfect summer cool-down treat that will be a hit with adults and kids alike!

Pudding pops

I’m so excited to share this deliciously rich pudding pop recipe with you today! I’m also very proud to share with you that I’ll be partnering with LACTAID® this year. This is very personal for me, since I feel like LACTAID® products have made such a great difference in my home.

About five years ago, we learned that my husband is lactose intolerant; LACTAID® milks and ice creams have truly been a game changer. He can now enjoy his favorite breakfast (cereal-ha!) and I’m able to use LACTAID® milk in so many of my recipes that start with a creamy base. He can still enjoy those dishes, thanks to LACTAID® products. 

So, first a little background if you aren’t familiar:

What is LACTAID®?

  • LACTAID® dairy products provide all the protein, calcium, and vitamins you’d find in real dairy (because they are real dairy!) but without any lactose.
  • LACTAID® is 100% real milk, just without any lactose.
  • From milk, to ice cream, to cottage cheese, LACTAID® products help satisfy all your dairy cravings without the discomfort 
  • Available at most mass merchandise, drug, and grocery stores.
  • LACTAID® Milk is ultra-pasteurized which allows the real milk to last longer under proper refrigeration and maintain its creamy, delicious taste.
  • And best of all, LACTAID® products taste and perform exactly the same as regular dairy foods!

How to make pudding pops

  • Make the pudding: The pudding is so easy to make! We add the LACTAID®  milk, sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch, salt, and egg yolk to a pot and whisk until thickened.
  • Add chocolate and vanilla: Once the mixture is removed from the heat, the dark chocolate and vanilla are stirred in until melted.
  • Chill: After the pudding is finished, it needs to chill before it can be frozen. The pudding needs time to thicken and cool so that the popsicle sticks stick in the center.
  • Freeze: Once the pudding has chilled through, it can be transferred to miniature cups and a popsicle stick can be added into the center. Once the fudgesicles are frozen through, they’re ready to eat–or you can garnish them!
  • Garnish: More on this below!

Fun garnish ideas

  • Drizzle pudding pops with melted dark chocolate. I like to melt a few tablespoons of dark chocolate in the microwave and then drizzle the melted chocolate over the pop. The chocolate hardens very quickly onto the frozen pudding.
  • Add toppings: If pops are drizzled with chocolate they can immediately be topped with just about anything you’d like. Our favorites: crushed up coconut, crushed freeze-dried berries, and miniature chocolate chips. Some other ideas: a drizzle of melted peanut butter baking chips, crushed nuts (pistachios, pecans, walnuts, almonds, etc.), hemp seeds, sprinkles, and crushed up chocolate sandwich cookies.

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Pudding Pops

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Dark chocolate pudding pops made with LACTAID® milk have  plenty of rich, chocolate flavor. These pops make for the perfect summer cool-down treat that will be a hit with adults and kids alike!
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Pudding Pops

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Dark chocolate pudding pops made with LACTAID® milk have  plenty of rich, chocolate flavor. These pops make for the perfect summer cool-down treat that will be a hit with adults and kids alike!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword pudding pops
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Freezing Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 18 minutes
Servings 6 popsicles
Calories 202kcal

Equipment

  • 3-ounce plastic or paper cups
  • Popsicle Sticks

Ingredients

  • 2 and 1/2 cups LACTAID 2% Reduced Fat Milk or LACTAID  Whole Milk
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup dutch cocoa process
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 large egg yolk (discard or save whites for another recipe)
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 and 1/4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Optional: 1/4 cup melted dark chocolate, miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips, crushed up freeze dried berries, flaked coconut, or other favorite toppings if desired

Instructions

  • PUDDING: Place the LACTAID® milk, sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch, salt, and egg yolk in a medium to large pot. Heat over medium high-heat, whisking briskly and constantly. Whisk for 7-9 minutes or until mixture is thick and bubbly.
  • PUDDING CONT.: Remove the pan from heat and immediately add in the chocolate chips and vanilla extract. Stir with a wooden spoon until melted and smooth. Pour and press the mixture through a sieve into a heat proof bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Make sure the plastic wrap touches the top of the chocolate pudding (so a film doesn't form). Place in the fridge until completely chill through, about 1 hour.
  • FORM ICE POPS: Spoon the mixture into 3-ounce cups and then place a wooden stick in the middle of the cups. Freeze until solid, about 6-8 hours. Remove from the freezer and use scissors to cut the paper cup off the pudding pop.
  • OPTIONAL GARNISH: If desired, garnish the pudding pops! They melt quickly, so have everything ready to go as soon as you pull them out of the freezer. We like to drizzle the pops with melted chocolate and immediately sprinkle with crushed freeze-dried strawberries, coconut flakes, or miniature chocolate chips. Work quickly when adding toppings as the melted chocolate hardens quickly on the cold ice pop.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 6g | Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 33.8g | Protein: 5.2g | Fat: 6.2g | Cholesterol: 32.8mg | Sodium: 44.4mg | Fiber: 1.3g | Sugar: 32.5g

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