February 22, 2016

3 Fun Pudding Treats Kids Can Make

If someone tells you they're making pudding, what do you think of? Probably a bowl of plain chocolate or vanilla pudding. Sounds so exciting - not. That was C's reaction to me talking about pudding. Bored and lack luster. I decided to get creative the other day with chocolate pudding when I discovered C cracked the bottom of our new gallon of milk. What was I going to do with milk that was about to go bad? Either dump it or make something. I don't like to waste food, especially when money is tight, so I decided I was going make one large box and two small boxes of cook-and-serve chocolate pudding. But what to do with it so that it wasn't boring?

A run through the grocery store gave me a few ideas of what to prepare that C and J really enjoyed. Each recipe is super easy, tasty and turn regular pudding into something dressed up and fun. None cost very much to make, either, so they fit into your grocery budget. Since they're so simple, kids can help make them (the younger ones will need you to help them with the stove parts). They'll love creating a yummy treat. Nothing I made lasted very long, it was eaten up before I knew it!



Chocolate Pudding Cookie Cake


by The Stay-at-Home Life
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Ingredients (1 8x8 cake)
  • 2 large boxes of cook-and-serve chocolate pudding
  • 1 package of chocolate sandwich cookies
  • 3 cups of milk (I used 1% but the box suggested at least 2% for a thicker set)
  • 1 can of Reddi Whip or Cool Whip to garnish
Instructions
Prepare pudding as directed on the box
Have your 8x8 pan ready and start by putting a single layer across the bottom with your cookies
Pour until they're covered and repeat until you have three layers of cookies
Add in the last of the pudding to completely hide the cookies
Refrigerate for 4 hours
When serving cut into squares around approximately where you remember each stack of cookies to be. A butter knife or spatula is enough to cut the cookies will be soft
Garnish with some Reddi Whip or Cool Whip and enjoy!



Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie


by The Stay-at-Home Life
Prep Time: 10min
Cook Time: 5 min
Ingredients (1 pie)
  • 1 ready-made graham cracker crust
  • 1 small box of cook-and-serve chocolate pudding
  • 2 cups of milk (I used 1% but the box suggested at least 2% for a thicker set)
  • 1 jar smooth peanut butter
  • 1 can of Reddi Whip or Cool Whip to garnish
Instructions
Prepare pudding as directed on the box
While waiting for it to bowl, between stirs get the crust ready
Once it's out of the package, get a rubber spatula and spread a quarter-inch layer of peanut butter over the bottom and sides of your crust
When pudding is thick and boiling it's ready to pour into your crust
Go slowly so it doesn't melt away all the peanut butter
Fill to the top and refrigerate for 4 hours
Top with Reddi Whip or Cool Whip when serving and enjoy!


Hot Cocoa Pudding Mugs


by The Stay-at-Home Life
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Ingredients (4-6 mugs)
  • 1 small box of cook and serve chocolate pudding
  • 2 cups of milk (I used 1% but the box suggested at least 2% for a thicker set)
  • 1 bag of marshmallows
  • 4-6 mugs (depends on your serving size)
Instructions
Prepare pudding as directed on the box
Put a kid-sized handful of marshmallows into the bottom of each mug
Pour hot pudding over the marshmallows
Refrigerate for 4 hours
When you come back to check them it will look like a mug of cocoa with melting marshmallows on top
Perfect surprise treat on a cold day. Happy pudding making!

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23 comments:

  1. My kids would love all of these. They are big pudding fans.

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  2. The chocolate pie is calling my name. I need to make it for my birthday.

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  3. Oh my those look yummy!
    My children would love to help make such a treat together!
    Thank you for sharing.

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  4. Oh wow! This looks delicious. I love chocolate.

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  5. Yeah that's definitely less boring. It looks so delicious. Might consider this for my six year old's upcoming birthday party.

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  6. Oh my, these look fabulous!! Especially the peanut butter one! YUM!

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  7. Elizabeth O.2/22/2016 8:38 PM

    Yummy! That pudding looks so good. Anyone would love it. Peanut butter is big in our house and the kids will love this for sure! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. I have no children at home and would therefore be scared to have these delights around as I would eat them all!

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  9. I love cooking with my kids. We have so much fun together making something.

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  10. This looks heavenly I would love to try it and cooking with kids is always so much fun!

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  11. Hot Cocoa Pudding Mugs looks yummy. And, I thin, it is easy as well to prepare. I will prepare it for my nephew.

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  12. My children will really love it! Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Love this !!! And my littles always love to help !!

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  14. Kids cooking is so much fun. Loved the items and the posts.

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  15. When I hear the word pudding I think of Jamaican cornmeal and sweet potato pudding

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  16. The Chocolate Pudding Cookie Cake looks tasty. I think that is the one I would have to opt for!

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  17. Oh these look so good! I don't have kids but I'd totally make any of these for my husband and I :)

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  18. My son would love to make these, he is a chef in the making!

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  19. Pudding is good stuff. My husbands favorite pie is made with pudding.

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  20. I think I have all the things I need to make the hot cocoa pudding mug!

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  21. Can I get the hot cocoa pudding mugs?

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  22. Great idea for a little girls party too!

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  23. Grew up making pudding cakes. So delicious

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