You can walk down the freezer section of a grocery store and find just about any frozen treat you can imagine. I used to peer into the cases at all the different goodies, and imagine how delicious they would taste; but I always turned away empty handed because I couldn’t justify spending $5.99 on a box of 4 teeny tiny frozen pops. Those prices are nuts!
Luckily, I found a great way to enjoy frozen treats and not break my food budget – homemade pudding pops! Remember pudding pops from the 90’s? They are really easy to make at home, and honestly even more delicious than anything you can get in the store.
So what makes my pudding pops so special?
- They have swirls of Crofter’s Organic Premium Strawberry Fruit Spread.
- I ditched boxed mix in favor of good old fashioned homemade pudding.
Why Crofter’s Organic?
If I’m going to take the time to make something from scratch, then the ingredients I’m using need to be high quality from a company I can trust.
Crofter’s Organic has been a family run company making organic, non-GMO fruit spreads for over 30 years. They source their fruit using strict quality standards, which allows them to make spreads with real fruit and less sugar.
Their strawberry fruit spread actually tastes like you are eating a real strawberry! That sounds odd to say, since strawberry fruit spread should taste like real strawberries. But with a lot of companies resorting to artificial flavors, it’s so nice to find a one committed to letting real fruit shine.
Because it tastes so much better than boxed pudding!! Seriously, it’s amazing. Plus when you’re using quality ingredients, such as Crofter’s Organic, you want to make sure you are highlighting their flavor in the best way. There’s no better way to do that than making your own pudding.
But isn’t a box more convenient…?
Not necessarily. Making pudding from scratch is very simple, and you already have all the ingredients without an extra trip to the grocery store.
The traditional pudding base is milk, sugar, and cornstarch, which is combined and cooked until thickened. That’s it. No fancy tools or crazy hours spent over the stove!
I bump up my pudding by adding two egg yolks. Typically, egg yolks are used as a thickening agent; however, in pudding, the cornstarch serves as the main thickener. So the addition of egg yolks give the pudding a richer, creamier flavor that you won’t get with a traditional pudding base.
Is there anything else I should know about homemade pudding pops?
YES! Keep these points in mind as your making these pudding pops:
- Adding eggs yolks requires a bit of tempering. If you add egg yolks to hot liquid they will seize and curdle, leaving you with scrambled eggs in your milk. Tempering eggs means you take a small amount of the warm milk, and very slowly whisk it into the egg yolks. This brings the temperature of the eggs up to the temperature of the milk, and prevents them from scrambling.
- Cornstarch can become chalky if it’s not fully cooked. Once the cornstarch is added to the milk, you want to bring it to a boil over medium heat then cook it for 30 seconds while stirring constantly.
- Heating Crofter’s Organic strawberry fruit spread for 15 to 20 seconds in the microwave will help it spread better in the ice pop molds.
- If you don’t have ice pop molds, I highly recommend these silicone molds. It is much easier to remove the pudding pops from silicone molds than plastic molds; trust me, I tested this recipe with both molds.
- If you don’t want to purchase ice pop molds, you can use a small plastic or paper cup. Let the pops set in the freezer for 30 minutes prior to inserting the wooden stick.
- Don’t feel limited to strawberry fruit spread. Crofter’s Organic makes a bunch of other varieties that would work just as well in these pops.
- Full disclosure, I only tested this recipe with homemade pudding; I cannot vouch for the effectiveness of a boxed mix.
Strawberry swirl pudding pops are a fruity, creamy, sweet summer treat. Swirling in Crofter’s Organic Fruit Spread makes them extra special. Try out the recipe this weekend; I know they will be a huge hit with your friends and family!
Check out some of my other delicious desserts!
- Strawberry basil ice pops
- Strawberry ice cream
- Lemon & blueberry cupcakes
- Mini strawberry lemon bundt cakes
- Fudgie buckwheat brownies
Strawberry Swirl Pudding Pops
- 4 cups whole milk
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 egg yolks
- 3 tbsp cornstarch
- 3 tbsp cold water
- 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- 10 oz Crofter’s Organic Premium Strawberry Fruit Spread
- In a medium saucepan, combine ¾ cup of sugar with the whole milk and salt. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
- Meanwhile, in a medium heat-proof bowl, whisk the egg yolks. Slowly whisk in ¼ cup of sugar until the eggs turn light and airy.
- Temper the eggs. Slowly whisk ½ cup of the warm milk into the whipped eggs (see note). Whisk the tempered eggs into the remainder of the warm milk.
- In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and water. Whisk the mixture into the warm milk.
- Continue to cook the pudding over medium heat until the first bubbles pop, then cook for 30 seconds while stirring continuously. The pudding should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
- Remove from heat and strain through a fine mesh strainer into a quart size measuring cup. *See note. Stir in the vanilla.
- Add the Crofter’s Organic Strawberry Fruit Spread to a small heat-proof bowl, and microwave for 15 to 20 seconds. *See note.
- Alternate adding the Crofter’s Organic Strawberry Fruit Spread and the vanilla pudding to the ice pop molds.
- Put the molds in the freezer for a minimum of 6 hours; overnight is best.
- Carefully remove the pudding pops from the molds (*see note). Store them in an airtight container, separated by parchment paper, in the freezer for up to 2 months.
- Whisk the milk in slowly so you don’t scramble the eggs.
- Straining the pudding through a fine mesh strainer will capture any pieces of egg that may have scrambled.
- Straining into a measuring cup will make it easier to pour the pudding into the ice pop molds.
- Microwaving Crofter’s Organic Strawberry Fruit Spread will make it easier to spread in the molds.
- If you are using plastic ice pop molds, carefully run them under hot water for 20-30 seconds to loosen the pudding pops from the molds.