This summer has proven to be a hot one and we are going through frozen treats very quickly. I usually make my own by whipping up some fruit smoothies and freezing them in popsicle molds. Sometimes though, you just have to give in and give the kids sugar-y, store like frozen treats and avoid looking at nutrition labels.
This recipe is for frozen fudge pops. I found it in my grandmother's recipe box scribbled on the corner of an envelope. It's so quick to do and I think compared to some of the store bought frozen treats out there it may be a fraction healthier. A big plus though, is that you get voted "Best Mum Ever" when you make them. Now that's something I can overlook a label for once in a while!
1 package instant chocolate pudding mix powder
3 cups milk
1/2 cup sugar
Mix well and freeze in popsicle molds. This filled all 12 of my molds - each mold is 1/4 cup - and there was probably a mold and a half left over.
I use 3% milk because that's what we drink, but obviously you can use a lower fat milk for a lower fat treat. I don't think skim milk would work so well though; it tends to freeze in watery sheets. I have also started to experiment with the amount of sugar used. I'm sure you could cut it in half at least and still get the thumbs up from the kids. I am sure instant pudding mix from 30 years ago had less sugar in the mix than they do now anyway.
I have also tried a strawberry version, using a Dr. Oetker instant strawberry mousse mix. It got a thumbs up as well.
There is half the amount of powder in here compared to the chocolate kind, so I halved the milk and sugar. It is very sweet, so next time I will cut the sugar out completely as there is enough in the mix already.
Isn't that shade of pink to die for?!
Next up I want to try a vanilla pudding version, and possibly one of those artificially minty green, pistachio varieties. I have a feeling I would have those all to myself...