Jello Pudding Pops

Jello Pudding Pops

For a legion of 80s kids, the antidote for a hot summer day was a creamy Jello Pudding Pop. These frozen treats first hit the stands in the late 70s and caused spokesperson Bill Cosby to expand his Jell-O repertoire substantially. All this advertising, however, was likely directed at the parents; kids certainly didn’t need to be told how awesome Pudding Pops were. They just knew.

Each pack came with three flavors: chocolate, vanilla, and for the indecisive, the beloved swirl (a decadent blend of chocolate and vanilla pudding). Each lick or bite was a frozen delight, as they had this wonderful way of reforming a hard shell around themselves in a matter of seconds. And freezer-burn (the bane of most frozen foods) somehow worked quite well on a Jell-O Pudding Pop. Indeed, the icy coating may be what separated the pudding pop from the competition. Without this frosty layer, they just wouldn’t have been the same.

The saga of the Pudding Pop isn’t all licks and smiles however. One day, when kids were apparently distracted, the Jell-O Pudding Pop just vanished from the shelves. It would take an unsuspecting trip down the frozen dessert aisle to alert people to this horrible injustice. Thankfully, the disappointed masses determined that something had to be done.

Forming a grass roots campaign of sorts, several online groups emerged to petition Kraft Foods (makers of the Pudding Pop) for a swift and safe return of their missing frozen friends. In 2004, the crusaders emerged victorious. Slowly but surely, Pudding Pops found their way back into frozen foods aisles around the country, and the masses rejoiced.

Unfortunately, all wasn’t quite back to normal in Pudding Pop Land. Upon closer inspection, these aren’t the same treats of yesteryear. No longer made by Kraft, the new Puddin’ Pops are now made by Popsicle, the same folks that have given us such frozen delicacies as the Creamsicle and the Fudgesicle.

Apparently hit by a shrink-ray gun, the pops (once double-wide columns of pudding goodness) now measure in at around 4-inches long with only a single column of frozen pudding, a mere inch in diameter. Some say they taste the same, but they’re softer than the original… more Fudgesicle-like. The verdict isn’t in yet regarding the frozen shell but one can only hope that it at least survived the transformation.

The new Pudding Pops may pale in comparison to the old, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t still comforting to have them around. To know that in ones most desperate craving moment, there is still frozen pudding on a stick to be had. That’s certainly better than going without.

We invite you to share your own Pudding Pop memories with us in our comments section, and tell us why these treats were special to you. Oh, and let us know if you’re still eating them, as well. We won’t tell anyone.

6 Responses to “Jello Pudding Pops”

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  1. Sparkina says:

    OOh, Pudding Pops were divine and a favorite frozen snack of mine as a teen and a postadolescent

  2. dasfledermaus says:

    I remember these! We were poor kids so it was a real treat to get a box. The chocolate went first, then the swirl and finally the vanilla. We didn’t like the vanilla much but it was better than nothing!

  3. Calvin says:

    Pudding Pops. A stoner’s dream.

  4. william kattner says:

    do u still make pudding pops?I haven’t seen them at our stores in PA lately?

  5. Lynn says:

    Awww, I remember these! Yeah, the coating definitely made them stand out among other frozen treats.

  6. Greg says:

    Ok these were the greatest snack ever! Anyone saying the relaunch was the same, the new ones were horrible! They tasted nothing like original pudding pops! Shame on Kraft Foods!!! I loved the chocolate ones but loved the banana ones too! All my friends still talk about pudding pops. Wait, why doesn’t Kraft Foods want to make them again??

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