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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Banana Fudge Bomb Pops {#SummerOfThePopsicle Guest Post: Stirring the Pot}

Wait!  Is it Wednesday already?  Again?  Well....HOORAY!  Yes, my favorite day of the week, all summer long.  I hope you've been dropping by to see all of my amazing blogging friends and their crazy cool concoctions on a stick.  The only thing that could possibly make my week better is if I was actually able to sample each and every one of these amazing ice pops, paletas, popsicles, and ice lollies myself!

Who's Holding the Stick:  This week I have another of my oldest blog buddies taking over the blog.  It's Kim from Stirring the Pot.  From blog events to hosting to email communication, I feel like I've known Kim for years.  Well okay, I kind of have...but only through blogging.  I don't know if it's because we're the same age and grew up with the same "stuff", even though we've never met in person, she's like an old friend.  Welcome, Kim!
Banana Fudge Bomb Pops {#SummerOfThePopsicle Guest Post: Stirring the Pot} |
A big thanks to one of my oldest blogging buddies, girlichef, for giving me the motivation to dig out my popsicle molds and celebrate my love of popsicles.  I’m thrilled to be guest posting! 

When summer rolls around I tend to get nostalgic.  I’m reminded of long summer days spent outside with friends.  We’d hit the street in our bare feet as soon as we woke up and we’d stay out all day until the street lights came on.  We’d gather every kid from the block and play kickball, foursquare, ride bikes, listen to music, sell lemonade, and invent new games; but every day at 2 o’clock we’d stop what we were doing and listen for the ice cream man.  We could hear him coming a mile away.  We’d take advantage of this time to run home and grab our piggy banks.  Then we’d meet back up on the street and put all our money together so that everyone could get something.  Some of my friends would have a hard time deciding what to order.    Not me!  I always craved the same thing.  The Banana Fudge Bomb Pop.  I loved the creamy banana paired with the chocolate fudge. Once everyone got their order, we’d all line up and take a seat on the curb as we ate our popsicles and ice cream.  I can remember looking down the curb both ways and seeing nothing but smiles, laughter, and a certain sense of pride in each other.  It was one for all, and all for one.  We were a tight-knit group having the time of our lives and things were as good as they could be!

Nowadays, my kids run to the ice cream truck while I hope and pray that I have cash on hand.  Wouldn’t it be convenient if these people took a debit/credit card?  The kids order their favorites while I pay up and tease the ice cream man.  Turns out he sells every kind of frozen treat imaginable EXCEPT for the banana fudge bomb pop.  What is this world coming to? I’ve tried to bribe him into ordering me a box and so far he hasn’t delivered.  I feel certain that one day I’ll get my way with him, but until then I decided to make these pops on my own.
Banana Fudge Bomb Pops {#SummerOfThePopsicle Guest Post: Stirring the Pot} |
This recipe for Banana Fudge Bomb Pops is super simple and very close to the real thing!!  The flavor profile is right on and the pops are very smooth and creamy.  I will definitely be making these when I’m in the mood for a nostalgic little treat.  I should warn you that the ingredients aren’t really all natural.  The recipe pretty much uses store-bought pudding mix and cool whip.  If it makes you feel any better I did add four cups of organic milk before I added a couple drops of yellow food coloring.  I figure that has to count for something!  Oh well, sometimes it’s all about moderation, right?

Banana Fudge Bomb Pops

by guest post from Kim Tracy of Stirring the Pot
Prep Time: 20 minutes + time to freeze
Cook Time: n/a
Keywords: dessert snack frozen popsicles American summer

Ingredients (8-10 (2 ounce) pops)
  • 1 package (3.4 oz.) Chocolate Fudge Instant Pudding Mix
  • 1 package (3.4 oz.) Banana Cream Instant Pudding Mix
  • 4 cups milk (2% or whole will produce the creamiest pops) do not use 1% or skim milk
  • 1-2 cups Cool Whip (see note below)
  • 8-10 drops of liquid yellow food coloring, optional
Get two medium sized bowls. In one bowl, add the chocolate fudge pudding mix and 2 cups milk. Whisk together until well combined. In another bowl, add the banana cream pudding mix and 2 cups milk. Whisk together until well combined.

To each flavor, add in either 1/2 cup or 1 cup Cool Whip. (See note above.) Stir each to combine so you don’t see any white streaks from the Cool Whip. If you’d like your banana layer to be yellow in color then add in the yellow food coloring until you achieve the shade you like (I used about 8-10 drops). Mix thoroughly to incorporate the food color.

Spoon into your popsicle molds or cups, but alternate the flavors to make layers. I used two spoons for this. Put your sticks, plastic spoons, or the other part of your mold in the pops and freeze for about 5 hours.

If you want a more flavorful pop, use 1/2 cup Cool Whip per flavor. If you want a creamier pop, use 1 cup Cool Whip per flavor. I used about 3/4 cup per flavor just because that’s all I had on hand. I thought 3/4 cup Cool Whip for each flavor was just the right combination, both creamy and flavorful.

Serving Note:
Please allow the pops to set out for 5-8 minutes before removing from the popsicle mold! These are very thick pops and they need a few minutes on the counter to loosen up and ease their way out of the molds. You may even find that you need to run a little hot water over the molds in order to get the pop out. Don’t worry that the pops will melt or turn into liquid. The consistency is far too thick for that. In addition, these pops have an icy consistency when eaten directly from the freezer. The consistency of the pops is much creamier if allowed to rest on the counter for 5-8 minutes.
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Banana Fudge Bomb Pops {#SummerOfThePopsicle Guest Post: Stirring the Pot} |
Wow, Kim!  I don't think my ice cream man ever had Banana Fudge Bomb Pops...but, OH HOW I WISH HE DID!  These look so creamy, and then the classic chocolate/banana combo...hello!  I have to make a batch of these for my household to enjoy.  Thanks for bringing your awesome pops this week ☺.

If you loved these as much as I did, I hope you'll drop by and pay Kim a visit at her blog, Stirring the Pot, or follow her on Pinterest.

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