A while ago (when I made my amazing vegan 3-ingredient chocolate tart) I mused about the items available in supermarket kosher sections, and whether they were really any indication of the essentials for living a kosher lifestyle. I’m still not convinced you can draw any meaningful conclusions about Judaism from the contents of the kosher shelves, especially when they serve up things like this sugar-free, low fat, chocolate flavoured instant pudding…
This is just the sort of product I wouldn’t normally touch with a barge pole, but with summer approaching, I spotted an opportunity to make some delicious frozen chocolate pudding ice-lollies. I need to work on a better name for them though, that’s for sure. Chocolate pudding pops? Chocolollies? Suggestions in the comments please!
And despite my reservations, the ingredients list for this particular brand of kosher pudding looked OK, with starch and cocoa powder being the major ingredients. There are a couple of artificial sweeteners and some salt in there, but nothing too monstrous sounding. Everything in moderation, right? And on the plus side, DH the diabetic will be able to enjoy these frozen pudding ice-lollies too, since I calculate less than 5g of carbs per lolly, even when you account for the orange slice 🍊.
And on the subject of orange slices… it wouldn’t be one of my recipes if I didn’t try to sneak a few vitamins and minerals in there, right?! I think chocolate and orange is a fabulous combination, but you can leave the fruit out if you don’t want to be so virtuous. Not that there’s anything really virtuous about frozen chocolate pudding on a stick, mind you.
I made the pudding up with almond milk, but you can use cows’ milk or any other dairy substitute you like. I might experiment with coconut milk at some point, because chocolate and coconut is such a great pairing. You can also alter the fruit, too. Raspberries would be great, or pomegranate seeds, or banana slices… the options are really endless!
Kipper very kindly offered to model one of these orange chocolate pudding ice-lollies for me, and was actually very good at not eating it until I’d given her the OK. I left her in the garden slurping away only to be startled a few seconds later by her yelling, “Mummy! The lolly is delicious! Thank you!” Bless her.
Oh! And I made a video 😀
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Chocolate orange ice lollies
Creamy chocolate pudding ice pops with a refreshing slice of orange
- 1 packet instant chocolate pudding
- 450 ml almond milk (or milk of your choice)
- 1/2 an orange
Whisk the pudding mix and almond milk together as per the instructions on the packet (depending on the brand you may need more or less milk).
Slice the orange into 5-6mm slices. You can remove the peel or leave it on!
Place a slice of orange into each of 8 ice-lolly moulds. Gently pour the chocolate pudding over. Give the mould a good tap on the counter to knock out any air bubbles then top up with pudding.
Place the lid on the ice-lolly mould and insert the sticks. Freeze until solid!
Remove from the freezer and gently unmould your ice-lollies. Eat and enjoy!
I used 'Simply Delish' zero instant chocolate pudding mix in my lollies. I'm sure other brands would work just as well.
I left the orange peel on my orange slices, and thought it was fine. Kipper didn't mind either. However DH was very anti-orange-peel! It's up to you whether you peel your orange or leave it intact!