Wal-Mart is so crafty. They have those hanging temptations in every aisle. You know, those plastic hangers full of stuff that you really don’t ever need, but draws the eyes of every child. We raise our children to know asking doesn’t always mean you will get it. Because of that, our children have learned to say things like “Oh, that looks nice.” or “Wow! That would be fun!” while sending pointed glances at me. On Friday, we passed the hanging plastic sandwich holders, the garbage disposal lemon tablets (which I really think look handy) and the unidentifiable colorful plastic…things. Still don’t know what they were. Anyway, we came across homemade popsicle molds for the freezer. I have been saying for a while we needed to get some. I know we could make some out of Dixie cups and popsicle sticks (like I did as a child), but I kept forgetting to buy them. After getting the pointed glance, I looked at the three that was in the bag and the price tag and told him we would keep looking. He was disappointed but didn’t argue.
We went up the next aisle and saw a box made by JELL-O pudding. It had SIX popsicle holders and FOUR boxes of pudding for less than $5.00. I told him we would get it. (Happy, happy child!)
His excited mood lasted through Wal-Mart, Aldi’s, the ride home, putting away groceries and lunch until it was FINALLY time to make the pudding pops. He was such a great helper! Each box of pudding makes six pops. He poured in the mix, I added the milk and he whisked. And whisked. And whisked.
I put the pudding in the molds and he put the sticks in. Then we had to wait. Oh, five hours is a life-time to a 4 year old. Teaching patience is always a great lesson so he learned to be patient!
After supper, the whole family got to try a pudding pop. The verdict? Excellent. Approved by all! What is great is we now have molds to make homemade smoothie pops, fruit popsicles and more! JELL-O pudding makes great homemade fudge pops and the molds seems to work well. I don’t know if they will hold up for multiple uses, but they look like they will.
Do any of you have a recipe for homemade pops you would like to share?