So creamy and chocolaty. Oh so easy to make. The time investment to make you is so small but the flavor payoff is so big.
Then I found Ikea (another name for heaven. I swear they pipe oxygen into that place to make it so blissful, but I digress...)
And within Ikea I found these wonderful popsicle molds. My mind raced with the possibilities. I saw a blissful summer with my children eating homemade goodies instead of store bought, artificially colored, corn syrup ridden frozen treats. As soon as I got home I made grape juice pops (fab), green tea pops (sweetened with Agave nectar, also fab) and a green tea/ grape juice mix (super fab.)
Then like a bolt from the blue it hit me - put pudding in them! Heaven. Just heaven. The recipe* I use to make pudding freezes brilliantly - no frosty yuk on the outside, firm yet easy to bite into, oh did I mention they are only 120 calories?
They are also kid (and husband) approved. Yes that is pudding on her face - shame on you for thinking otherwise!
*So the recipe I use is from Smitten Kitchen. Very easy. Three steps, that's it. Take that instant pudding! I make a few changes when I make this for my family, though. I am the only member of my family that likes my chocolate as dark as I can get it, so I cut the chocolate back to 4oz and I use 2% milk. This is why my calorie count is down a bit from the original recipe. I also don't use the double boiler to cook the pudding, I just put it straight in the pot and stir constantly with a whisk. This process cuts about 10-15 minutes off the prep time. This recipe will make 12 pops.