By GRACE STRAHAN
Somewhere between long days of kickball and running behind the mosquito truck, my sister and I would enjoy homemade pudding pops. We would sit on our front step or under the cool of our parentâ€™s carport with our popsicles in the plastic Tupperware molds. Our faces would be smeared with chocolate until we washed off under the water hose.
I donâ€™t know that I even knew a store bought option existed until I was much older. My mother made everything at home. Just tonight on the phone, my mother said, â€śI donâ€™t think Iâ€™ve ever bought anything like that at the store. Iâ€™ve always made my own.â€ť And, yes, she means it. But, homemade doesnâ€™t mean slaving over a double boiler with a thermometer waiting on the perfect temperature.
There are certainly much fancier options than the homemade frozen treats of our childhood. This past year, I bought myself a contraption that makes a popsicle on my counter in 10 minutes. I make them with a mixture of premade fruit syrup and water. These will do on a hot summer day, but Iâ€™m still fond of the clear Tupperware handles that my sister and I would grab out of the freezer daily as kids. In true little sister fashion, my sister has those very molds Iâ€™m writing about now. I wonder if she even uses them.
My advice is to get your own popsicle molds and make up a batch of pudding pops. You might even be inspired to play some kickball with your kids. I do, however, recommend skipping out on running behind the mosquito truck as it sputters through the neighborhood!
The recipe below is a simple mixture that does contain raw eggs. So, I suppose Iâ€™m required to add the disclosure that you might want to avoid this if you are â€śin the family way.â€ť But, otherwise, in this current heat wave, your kids will scarf these down in no time. And, Iâ€™m pretty sure adults will find these just as fun. This is probably one time Iâ€™m going to take my own advice.
Homemade Pudding Pops
1 small package of instant pudding mix, you can choose the flavor (I like chocolate.)
5 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp vanilla
1 quart milk
Mix all ingredients except the milk first. Then, add the milk and mix thoroughly. A blender works well. Freeze in popsicle molds. Makes 20 â€“ 24, depending on the size of the mold.
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