Poor Man’s Icecream

My mother used to make these frozen pudding cups for us when my siblings and I were kids, calling it “poor man’s icecream”. We loved it and as the Texas heat is climbing in the tripple digits, I thought today would be a great time to pass on my mother’s tradition to my kids. These frozen pudding cups are so easy to make your preschooler can play cook/icecream maker.




What you need to make Pudding Icecream:

  • Vanilla or chocolate pudding
  • Fruit (or oreo cookies)
  • Milk


Make the pudding by the directions on the back only use less milk than the instructions call for (ex: our box called for 2 cups of milk, we only used 1 and 3/4 cups).   Mix very, very well.   Add mashed fruit or cookies.   Oreo cookies to make “cookies and cream icecream” is a favorite over here.   Freeze for several hours and enjoy!


  1. Hi!
    I love your blog. I found it via mckmama’s blog. You are the only other one I read. 🙂 Very creative and great ideas. I have a 4 year old boy and a 2 year old girl. We just made some cheerio necklaces. The liked it. We didn’t do the color game (sorting) because we only had pink hello kitty ones. We’ll do it soon though, because my little daughter is just learning about colors. She’ll like it a lot.
    I love the pudding ice cream idea. I do that too (the cheap ice cream). I’ve frozen banana shakes, strawberry joghurt or whatever. I got these little cups from Ikea that are made to make ice cream. It works so good and easy, it’s cheap and the kids love. Plus I know what I put in it, so I can make it pretty healthy. 🙂

    Thanks for posting all these great ideas. 🙂


  2. Ooh, I didn’t even know you were in TX. We’re in the N Austin area, and I’m amazed we’ve only just hit 100+ this week. Do these treats get really hard when they are frozen or do they stay softer? My 3.5 year old can’t scoop most freezer treats that I make because they get rock hard… maybe this would be easier?

  3. We keep ours in the fridge-freezer door, they do get hard if I put them in the bottom of the deep freezer. The frozen pudding has the consistency of gelato – not quite ice-cream, but close. It is softer if you use cookies instead of fruit.

  4. Great idea!

    We also love freezing grapes – just stick ’em in the freezer for a couple hours. They totally change in texture and a bit in taste…like a popsicle but more healthy 🙂

  5. Does this really work? I would think that the consistency would be different? Interesting- I will have to put it on my “to try list”

    Coming from BF…

  6. Mmmm that sounds really good- and really simple : )

    will be trying those out this week, great tip.

    ps- BF’s FF visit Have a great weekend!

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