Let’s make vanilla pudding pops with sprinkles with this simple vanilla pudding pops recipe made with instant vanilla pudding that has a little surprise. Pudding pops are easy to make at home and a big hit with kids of all ages (and adults too!). This recipe for pudding pops is refreshing, creamy and sweetly delicious.

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Let’s make pudding pops! Yum!

Homemade Pudding Pops

Have you ever put pudding in your popsicle molds? Add rainbow sprinkles and you have this wonderful Vanilla Pudding Pops treat.

Related: More homemade popsicles ideas

Making pudding is one of the first things that my kids learn to “cook”. Which makes me laugh because I am old enough to remember when you had to cook pudding. This pudding pop recipe uses instant pudding so kids can likely take over this entire process.

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Vanilla Pudding Pops Recipe

Ingredients Needed to Make Pudding Pops

Supplies Needed to Make Jello Pudding Pops

  • Large bowl
  • Whisk (or electric hand mixer)
  • Popsicle molds

See below for a list of our favorite popsicle molds to make homemade pudding pops.

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This is my favorite popsicle mold because it is very flexible making pudding pop removal easy!

Directions to Make Pudding Pops

Step 1

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Start by making the pudding!

Combine the vanilla pudding mix with the milk and whisk until it starts to thicken up.

Step 2

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Now add the sprinkles!

Gently fold in the sprinkles.

Step 3

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Let’s pour the pudding pop batter into the popsicle molds!

Pour into popsicle molds and put in the freezer for 4-5 hours or overnight.

Step 4

Gently remove from the popsicle molds & serve!

Next time, try using chocolate instant pudding for a special chocolate treat! Yum!

Yield: 6-10

Easy Vanilla Pudding Pops with Sprinkles Recipe

Vanilla Pudding Pops

Make your own vanilla pudding pops at home with sprinkles. This super easy recipe is great for kids to make with just a little supervision since it uses instant pudding and can be done without heating up the house. It is the perfect summer treat!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 2 packages Instant Vanilla Pudding (3.4 oz)
  • 3 1/2 cups Milk
  • 1/2 cup Rainbow Sprinkles


  1. Mix up the pudding by adding the instant pudding mix and milk together and whisk.
  2. Gently fold in the sprinkles.
  3. Pour into popsicle molds.
  4. Freeze for 4-5 hours or overnight.
  5. Gently remove from popsicle molds.
  6. Eat!

Favorite Popsicle Molds for Pudding Pops

  • 10 Pop Silicone Mold – I like this popsicle mold because it is large and makes the shape of popsicle I remember as a child. It can be used with traditional popsicle sticks and makes 10 pudding pops at a time (pictured above).
  • Disposable Ice Pop Bags – This set of 125 disposable ice popsicle mold bags is reminiscent of the ice pops we would pull out of the ice chest on hot summer days. This would work really well for these vanilla pudding pops.
  • Silicon Popsicle Molds with Lids – If you want the more earth-friendly version of the ice pop bags, then check out these cool mulit-colored ice pop molds with lids making it easy to take along and less messy to eat.
  • Mini Pop Molds – Make 7 of the cutest little egg bites lollipop style popsicles.

What are pudding pops?

Pudding pops are a type of frozen dessert that gained in popularity in the 1980s. They were first introduced by Jell-O and were a frozen treat that combined the creaminess and flavor of pudding with the convenience and refreshment of a popsicle.

How are pudding pops made?

Pudding pops are typically made by freezing a mix of pudding in a mold, often on a stick, to make it easy to hold and eat. The result is a frozen dessert that’s smoother and creamier than a traditional ice pop.

Are pudding pops a type of ice cream?

While pudding pops share some characteristics with ice cream—like being a sweet, frozen dessert—they’re not technically classified as ice cream.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), ice cream is defined as a food produced by freezing, while stirring, a pasteurized mix of dairy products, which includes a minimum of 10% milkfat and 20% total milk solids by weight. The mixture can also contain sweeteners, flavorings, and other optional ingredients.

Pudding pops, on the other hand, are primarily made from pudding, which is typically a mixture of milk, sugar, and a thickening agent like cornstarch or gelatin.

What is the history of pudding pops?

Back in the 1980s, the Jell-O company had an interesting idea. They thought, “Why not take pudding, freeze it, and put it on a stick just like a popsicle?” This is how pudding pops were created. These tasty treats came in many delightful flavors such as chocolate and vanilla, and they were loved by children and adults alike. However, by the early 1990s, Jell-O discontinued production of pudding pops. Despite this, the concept of the pudding pop hasn’t disappeared entirely—many people enjoy making homemade versions of this delightful dessert today like in this yummy vanilla confetti pudding pop recipe.

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How did your vanilla pudding pops recipe with sprinkles turn out? Did you make any changes…we need to know!

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