These classic vanilla pudding pops call for just FOUR all-natural ingredients, and they couldn't be easier to make!
Originally published March 2019. Updated Sept. 2021.
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It's been in the mid-nineties here all week, and we are really getting eager to see a break in the weather. I know that many of you around the country, and in Canada, are seeing temps well into the 100+ range, and my heart goes out to you!
As the hot spell drags on, I get less and less enthusiastic about putting meals on the table. Even firing up the grill has ceased holding any appeal right now.
The other day, one of my kids came bounding down the stairs at 7am, with much more energy that I can imagine mustering at that hour.
"What's for breakfast?" she asked.
"Vanilla pudding pops", I answered with a wink.
"Really? That's amazing!"
Helping herself to the popsicle drawer, she was delighted to find that I really meant it, and there was a big stash of vanilla pudding pops that I'd made the night before.
Looking at me curiously, she asked, "What's for lunch?"
"Chocolate pudding pops."
Her eyes grew wide. "And dinner?"
"What kind of pudding pops do you want?"
"Oh Mama..." A little shake of her head let me know she was onto me about that last one.
I didn't go through with totally boycotting the kitchen that day, but considering all the eggs and milk that go into these classic pudding pops (and really not that much sugar), I do think there could be worse things than living on pudding pops, strawberries from the garden, and peas from the pea patch, for a few days.
The nice thing about these robust little pudding popsicles is that they're deceptively easy to make. It's so simple to whip up a batch or two in less than 15 minutes. I like having two popsicle molds (these are the ones I use), so that I can make a batch of vanilla, and one of chocolate, and freeze them both at the same time.
For me, it's been working really well to either make them first thing in the morning, while I'm enjoying that first cup of coffee, or last thing at night before going to bed. Either way, the kitchen is cool then, so I don't resent standing in front of a warm stove. I know I sound fussy. I am. This hot weather is really, really not my favorite.
Morning or evening, it's been easy and fun to keep us in a steady supply of our favorite summer treat. The kids LOVE these, and seeing them smile when I declare that it's "popsicle time" is the kind of fun that summer is all about!
Hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
Easy Vanilla Pudding Pops
- medium saucepan
- spoon or whisk
- popsicle mold
- Whisk cream, sugar, and egg yolks together in a saucepan, over low heat.
- Whisk slowly and continually until mixture just begins to bubble - not quite simmering.
- Immediately remove from heat, and let cool until pudding is warm and slightly thick, but not hot - about 15 minutes.
- Add the vanilla, and gently stir well, until thoroughly mixed.
- Pour pudding into popsicle molds. Tap gently to remove any air bubbles. Insert handles or popsicle sticks, and freeze until solid - about 5 hours.