This post is sponsored by Snack Pack®.
In a family of many it’s not easy to find a meal everyone likes, so we do a lot of “build your own” buffet-style foods with a “base,” (taco meat, baked potatoes, cooked pasta) and a variety of toppings so everyone can build their own plates to their own liking. Something about the independence of making choices and preparing it “themselves” makes it more appealing to the kids, and more likely that they’ll eat it, and even try new things.
Snack and dessert time is no exception, and Build-Your-Own Pudding Cups are a popular request around snacktime. Like, beg-at-breakfast-to-have-them-for-an-afternoon-snack kind of popular.
Some of our favorite Build-Your-Own Snack Pack® pudding mix-in ideas include: cookie or graham cracker crumbles, cut-up fruit, yogurt-covered raisins, chopped nuts, shredded coconut, peanut or almond butter, sprinkles, and mini candies or marshmallows.
Build-Your-Own Snack Pack Pudding Pops
- Snack Pack® Pudding Cups
- Mix-in toppings of your choice
- Popsicle sticks or straws, or spoons
Choose Your Mix-Ins.
Get creative with your mix-in combinations! Mix the toppings into the pudding, or just layer it on the top (which will become the bottom of the frozen pop).
My kids like to add heaps of everything, but here are a few more flavor ideas:
- Grasshopper Pie: Mix chocolate pudding with one drop food-grade peppermint essential oil. Top Snack Pack® cup with chocolate cookie crumbles and whipped cream
- Banana Cream Pie: Mix vanilla pudding and sliced bananas. Top Snack Pack® cup with graham cracker crumbs and whipped cream.
- Fruit and Cream: Mix vanilla pudding with berries (fresh or frozen) and whipped cream.
- Rocky Road: Mix chocolate pudding with mini marshmallows, chopped nuts, and mini chocolate chips.
Prepare to Freeze.
When finished choosing mix-ins, place a popsicle stick, sturdy straw, or spoon in the center of the Snack Pack® pudding cup. If the kids have created their own concoctions, consider writing names or initials on the outside of the Snack Pack® cup, to avoid mix-ups.
In our freezer, the pudding pops take about 4 hours to freeze solid, so it’s a good snack to prepare in the morning for an afternoon snack, or plan ahead and freeze overnight.
When frozen, allow pudding pops to sit on the counter for a few minutes, or run the Snack Pack® cup under hot water for a few seconds to loosen frozen pudding. Frozen pops should then easily slip out of the cup.
Soak up the last bit of summer sun with your tasty Build-Your-Own Snack Pack® Pudding Pops!
This back-to-school season take a moment to slow down and enjoy a tasty and fun treat with the kids. Snack Pack® comes in a variety of flavors and offers endless mix-in opportunities the kids can help prepare. Each serving of Snack Pack® is fortified with as much calcium as an 8-oz glass of milk,* so you can feel good about serving your kids Snack Pack® . For mix-in inspiration, visit Snack Pack® on Pinterest (pinterest.com/snackpack) and Facebook (facebook.com/SnackPackPudding).