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White Russian and Black Russian Poptail

Since it’s a short work week, we thought we’d celebrate with a twofer, by filling your requests for both a White Russian and Black Russian Poptail in one post.

We used homemade pudding as our base for the cocktail-turned-popsicle. For those of you who need your Poptail STAT — find your quick fix by using a small box (3 1/2oz) of instant pudding. Keep in mind that whatever variation you use, they won’t release as easily as some of the other poptails,  so if the popsicles come out with a few rough edges, get busy and start licking.

Now for the non-sequitur of the day. . . We’re opening our test kitchen up for the upcoming spooky day celebration. Have a Halloween cocktail or idea you want to see Poptail’d? Shout it in the comments.

White Russian Poptail

  • 1 Vanilla pudding batch (recipe follows)
  • 5oz vodka
  • 2oz Kahlua
  • 2oz Bailey’s Irish Cream

1. Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and process until smooth, about 1-2minutes.

2. Freeze for about 1 hour or until mixture starts to solidify enough to hold a popsicle stick upright. Insert popsicle sticks and finish freezing popsicles overnight. To release popsicles ,run hot water on the outside of popsicle molds for a 5-7 seconds.

Black Russian Poptail

  • 1 chocolate pudding batch (recipe follows)
  • 5oz vodka
  • 3 oz kahlua

1. Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and process until smooth, about 1-2minutes.

2. Freeze for about 1 hour or until mixture starts to solidify enough to hold a popsicle stick upright. Insert popsicle sticks and finish freezing popsicles overnight. To release popsicles run hot water on the outside of popsicle molds for a 5-7 seconds.

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:

  1. 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.
  2.  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.

Vanilla Pudding

  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 cups cold whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon plus 11/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 vanilla and stir to combine.

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5 comments

  • grandmalou August 21, 2012  

    does this work with boxed pudding mix?

  • Bonnie Newland April 11, 2013  

    Fantastic!

  • Todd Caspary July 14, 2014  

    Need to use less vodka. Too strong in my opinion and doesn’t freeze up solid enough do to the alcohol

  • vic July 21, 2014  

    whats the measurement of the wet from scratch pudding mixes #____ of cups vanilla #___of cups chocolate…
    so that I can sub it for boxed pudding

  • Ian June 22, 2015  

    I’m sure they’re nice, but they bear pretty much zero resemblance to the cocktails they’re supposed to be based on.

    The ‘white russian’ is more like a mudslide. The ‘black russian’ bears no resemblance to any classic cocktail.

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