Spring Forward to Summer: Chocolate and Salted Caramel Pudding Pops

Spring has just begun and I’m already fast forwarding to summer with these pudding pops. It’s hard to deny a chocolate and salted caramel pairing.  Especially one on a stick that is begging you to have a seat and enjoy the slow pacing a popsicle has to offer — that is if you can keep yourself from biting into it.

Incredibly easy to make and even easier to devour, you should have no problem whipping up a dozen or more of these in under 30 minutes. The hardest part will be waiting for them to freeze. Let me say that if you’ve never had a pudding pop, well it’s a lot like a Fudgiscle but better and richer.
So relax, enjoy and yield to the slow pace of licking a popsicle.
Chocolate and Salted Caramel Pudding Pops

Makes approximately 1 dozen pops

Chocolate Pudding

  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 cups cold whole milk
  • 3/4 cups dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

Combine cornstarch, sugar, salt and whole milk in a blender or food processor and pulse until well blended. Alternatively, combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk vigorously. Transfer mixture to a heat-proof bowl and place over (not on) simmering water for approximately 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pudding is ready when mixture coats the back of the spoon.  Add chocolate and stir to combine. Add vanilla and stir to combine.

*For a step-by-step tutorial to making homemade pudding click here.

Salted Caramel Pudding

  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 cups cold whole milk
  • 1/2 cup salted caramel sauce (recipe follows)*
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

Combine cornstarch, sugar, salt  and whole milk in a blender or food processor and pulse until well blended. Alternatively, combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk vigorously. Transfer mixture to a heat-proof bowl and place over (not on) simmering water for approximately 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pudding is ready when mixture coats the back of the spoon.  Add salted caramel and stir to combine. Add vanilla and stir to combine.

*Salted Caramel Sauce

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 6 tablespoons of heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoons of kosher salt

Instructions:

Add sugar and water into a saucepan over medium low heat. Stir until sugar has dissolved. Use a wet brush to remove any crystals that form on the side. Once sugar has dissolved increase heat to high. Now and then, using the handle give the pot a swirl to keep the mixture moving. Do not stir the mixture directly. The mixture will start to bubble after a minute. As the mixture darkens to a medium amber color, approximately 5-7 minutes, add the butter and cream to saucepan. The mixture will bubble wildly. Whisk to combine (bubbles will subside upon cooling). Add salt and stir to combine.

Assembly:

For easy layering place cooled pudding in a pastry bag or Ziploc bag and cut the corner. Pipe alternating layers of chocolate and salted caramel pudding into a small Dixie type of cup. Place cups in the freezer for one hour until the pudding becomes semi firm, then place a popsicle stick in the middle an continue to freeze for another 2 hours.

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31 comments

  • erica April 13, 2011  

    ooh, i want one of those.

  • Erin @ A Nesting Experience April 13, 2011  

    Wow. Those look amazing. Far more exciting than Jello Pudding Pops and I get pretty excited over Jello Pudding Pops. Yum!

  • TidyMom April 13, 2011  

    oooh, my kids would LOVE these!!

  • Aimee @ Simple Bites April 13, 2011  

    How amazing. I looove the layered look. Can we fast forward to summer now, please?

  • Amanda April 13, 2011  

    Looks AMAZING!! I love the flavor combination! :)

  • Shaina April 13, 2011  

    These look amazing. I am absolutely in love with pudding pops, but salted caramel pudding pops? I die.

  • Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction April 13, 2011  

    These look fabulous! I remember having pudding pops as a kid, but they were NOTHING like this! These look so much better… Yum :)

  • Kristen April 13, 2011  

    Pudding pops are one of my absolute favorite treats. Love chocolate and caramel – well done and so pretty!

  • Lora April 13, 2011  

    These are simply brilliant. Love the salted caramel. Wow.

  • Wenderly April 13, 2011  

    Those are almost too cute to eat. *Almost* I’m pretty sure that I couldn’t resist. That is a fabulous combination. Yum.

  • Cookbook Queen April 13, 2011  

    LOOOOOOVE me some pudding pops!!

  • Tracy April 13, 2011  

    These sound amazing! And what a great use for chocolate pudding, too!!

  • Bee April 13, 2011  

    OMG. INSPIRATION! This summer I’m sooo going to make gourmet popsicles! Totally starting with these, I looove chocolate and caramel.

  • Sylvie April 14, 2011  

    Beautiful combination! I’ve never had a caramel pudding pop before, that sounds amazing.

  • Alessandra April 14, 2011  

    Ohhhh, yum yum YUM!!!

  • Kathryn April 14, 2011  

    YUM! These remind me of the layered puddings I would get in my lunches as a kid (but I’m sure they taste SO much better). They’re adorable, too!

  • Borracho April 14, 2011  

    These look awesome and gave me a reason to dust off my Bill Cosby impression. Bravo!

  • blogbytina! April 14, 2011  

    omg i don’t think i would be able to wait for these. That puddin would def get eaten!

  • OMG – I didn’t realize it was so simple to make chocolate pudding from scratch!
    going to check my ingredients RIGHT NOW!!

    michelle

  • sweetsugarbelle April 15, 2011  

    This is my Saturday night project! I dare not even mention to my kids I’m making these until they are done…yum!

  • Amanda April 16, 2011  

    These sound delicious! But every time I look at the photo, I can’t help but imagine them being chocolate peanut butter..

    Would anyone know a good way to pull that off?

  • Michelle @ Taste As You Go April 18, 2011  

    I love this idea! Chocolate and salted caramel is one of my favorite flavor combinations, and the recipe looks so simple to prepare. I might have to try this out with my nieces… I’m sure they’d love to help assemble the pops.

  • a frog in the cottage April 19, 2011  

    what an oustanding idea !!! thanks for sharing !!

  • Slim Charles May 10, 2011  

    Great looking recipe. It would be helpful to list the weight of the chocolate; it’s kind of hard to fill up a measuring cup with squares. Also, it’s much faster to simmer the pudding directly over the heat and forego the double boiler. Mine took a good 5-6 hours hours to freeze solid. They are delish though.

  • Monica May 24, 2011  

    First I just have to say beautiful work & thank you for posting such a great pairing. Second I have to say Help! I’ve made pudding, pot de creme’s, ice cream etc. I know how to cook & bake decently yet when I made this I kept thinking I was doing it all wrong.
    When I took the pudding off the stove it was pretty liquidy. Is that normal? Is it supposed to be very tedious to make the layers? I’d pour a layer in the dixie cup, let it semi-freeze, take it out repeat, and keep repeating. It took all night! I feel as though I’ve missed some very important niche in the recipe. Steer me right please because this is a dessert I have to know how to make. These look incredible. I have mine in the freezer, finally made, but I’m not sure if they’ll taste nearly as good as yours look.

  • Gennell February 6, 2012  

    I would love to try these but I can’t have that amount of sugar! Do you think this recipe would work just as well with splenda?

  • sciencechick March 23, 2012  

    But what’s the sauce for?

  • nik July 11, 2012  

    ohgoodgolly another fabulous pop to try! I just discovered your Endless Poptails page
    http://www.endlesssimmer.com/featured/endless-poptails/
    and was totally tantalized by all of your supercool treats! Bourbon Butterscotch Latte Pops and White and Black Russian Pops are going on this weekend’s menu. Many thanks!
    I found you through Todays Creative Blog…Cheers!

  • Patricia and David August 15, 2012  

    I was just raving about this recipe to some friends on Facebook. Thank you for posting it!

  • marie June 1, 2013  

    love it,looking forward for more fabulous recipes…

  • LisaG July 14, 2014  

    I made these last night and they are delicious! That said, the pudding took way longer to cook than I thought it would. I made the salted caramel pudding first and after about 35-40 minutes of cooking it in a bowl over simmering water, it still hadn’t thickened. I moved it to a pan over direct heat and it thickened in just a few minutes. So then I made the chocolate pudding over direct heat and it still took 25-30 minutes to thicken. It was a little more work and time than I was expecting, but the end result was so tasty that I didn’t mind!

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