Sunday, May 2, 2010

Pudding Cups


Wicked Good Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding Cups. They’re from the book, Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey Treats for Kids by Jill O’Connor and just as good as their name states. Jill sent me and my niece a copy of her book as a little thank you for a post I did inspired by her Cheesecake Pops. We had a hard time deciding which recipe to try first, but we kept coming back to these pudding cups. They were really fun to make and even more fun to eat. You’ll see what I mean in a minute. And the best part… I didn’t have to do any of the work. My little helper did it all.


From separating the egg yolks, to the measuring and mixing.


She cooked the pudding.


And mixed in the peanut butter… (thank you, Jill) … and the extra chocolate chips … Oh my!

Let the pudding chill for at least four hours before eating.

Here’s a link to the Pudding Recipe so you can print it out.

Now, here’s the best part.

It involves balloons to make bowls.


Okay, I did help a little bit here. We blew up regular size balloons about halfway so they were still small, but found that water balloons worked best. They are a perfect size for this project, just hard to fill with air instead of water. I about busted a lung.

After you blow up the balloons, wash them off and let them dry. And before you use each one, spray a little non-stick cooking spray on each. Just a little.

Okay, here’s what you do.

Melt some semi-sweet chocolate, white chocolate or confectionery coating. I used the same candy coating I use for cake pops. Let it cool slightly before using. It doesn’t need to be super hot.


Spoon a small amount on a wax-paper-covered baking sheet.


Then take one of your prepared balloons and dip it in the chocolate. Dip it in enough so the chocolate makes a bowl shape around the balloon.

Remove from the chocolate and place the balloon gently on top of the chocolate waiting on the baking sheet.


And repeat.


Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.


It’s as easy as one…






And like I said earlier … just fun.

She was so proud. And so was I.

You can place the tray of balloon bowls in the refrigerator to speed up the drying time.


Then it’s time for the really fun part.

Pop them all with a pin.


Gently remove the balloon carnage from the inside of the cups and they are ready to go. If you want, you can also serve other treats in them like ice cream.


But we had wicked good pudding waiting in the fridge. Fill each cup as full as you want.


Then you can top them off with whipped cream.


Lots and lots of whipped cream.

To make Jill’s Sweetened Whipped Cream, just chill a metal bowl and beaters in the freezer for about 15 minutes (to help whip the cream faster). Then combine 2 cups heavy cream, 1/2 cup powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat on medium-low using a mixer until the cream starts to thicken. Then increase speed to medium-high and beat until firm peaks form.

And yep, my niece made that too. Tired arms and all.


Finally, you can add some sprinkles. As few…


or as many as you like.


Want some?


Come on… you know you do.


And when you’re all finished, you can eat the bowl, too.


Enjoy making a mess!


And, check out Jill’s book. I think you’ll be glad you did.

Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey Treats for Kids

and the original…

Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey

Here’s a link to the Pudding Recipe so you can print it out.

Maranda said...

These look so fun and delicious! My daughter is a bit young but I will have to get this book for when she is a little older. Maybe I’ll get the “adult” version for me while I waiting for her to grow up. ;-)

May 3, 2010 09:51 AM
A Cupcake For Moose said...

What a nice treat from Jill and a great project with your niece (who is downright adorable!). Love love love the cup idea. Your pics are fantastic, too!

Have a great week!
-Rachel from A Cupcake for Moose

May 3, 2010 09:54 AM
Gina said...

WOW! you are amazing! Thanks for this idea, it’s super adorable and looks sooo YUMMY!!!

May 3, 2010 10:01 AM
Barbara said...

I can’t wait to make these with my grandkids! They’re going to love doing this! Barb in Mn

May 3, 2010 10:01 AM
Jennifer said...

My dad and I used to do this trick with the balloons when I was little. We would fill them with ice cream! There used to be a show on tv called death by chocolate and we got the idea from that guy! I totally forgot about these and need to do them with my kids!

May 3, 2010 10:07 AM
Angela at Diary of a Deaf Girl said...

Oh yum! I will definitely be trying these with my kids. Too cute!

May 3, 2010 10:10 AM
Kelly said...

Love this post. Great stuff! Those chocolate cups can be used for lots of great treats!

May 3, 2010 10:11 AM

Always thinkin!

May 3, 2010 10:16 AM
Lyzzie said...

Hi , I look and so yummy , delicius to my kids tanks

May 3, 2010 10:17 AM
Janet Meyer said...

These are adorable! And I’m so impressed that you managed to blow up those balloons — I’ve tried that, myself, and I can verify that water balloons aren’t easy to blow up with lung power! But, wow. Really worth it.

May 3, 2010 10:28 AM
alice said...

gosh, these look excellent! i may have to have one or twenty! yummo!

May 3, 2010 10:32 AM
domestikate said...

Ooh they look brilliant! LOVE those chocolate cups!

May 3, 2010 10:33 AM
Lindy Vaught said...

This is ADORABLE! I think I may have to have my boys make this for me and their Gmas for Mother’s Day Sunday!

May 3, 2010 10:40 AM
myrna said...

Love it!!! Guess what my girls will want to make this weekend?!

May 3, 2010 10:41 AM
Emily D. said...

These are too cute! I want to make them so bad, that I am now reconsidering my Mother’s Day dessert plan. Thanks for the inspiration :)

May 3, 2010 10:44 AM
The Teacher Cooks said...

These are just adorable and so fun to make. Very impressive!

May 3, 2010 10:48 AM
Amy @ Yard to Fork said...

Hey! I made those too: But I had a few chocolate covered balloons explode all over the place before I perfected it :) Aren’t they yummy?

May 3, 2010 10:49 AM
Holly said...

I saw this balloon idea awhile back somewhere and had completely forgotten about it….glad to see it here Bakerella. Thanks so much for sharing with us…The face on your little helper bee is priceless!

May 3, 2010 10:53 AM
Jen @ Project Cookie 365 said...

O.M.G I loooooove those chocolate cups! I will SO be doing that! So simple, I can’t believe I never thought of it!

May 3, 2010 11:02 AM
Stephanie said...

been waiting all week for you to post and once again you have something awesome to share!!! You have one lucky niece :)

May 3, 2010 11:09 AM
Btrflywmn said...

Awesome thanks for sharing, my kids are going to love this.

May 3, 2010 11:13 AM
Jessica said...

This is such a great idea! And, the best part? I’m capable of doing this one! :)

May 3, 2010 11:16 AM
The French said...

O.M.G. – That’s all I can say. Oh, and yum.

May 3, 2010 11:28 AM
PeachRainbow said...

what a fun idea!

May 3, 2010 11:28 AM
Ashley Fenoglio said...

Oh goodness, this website is going to be my downfall. I’ve already sent some of these recipes to my husband in Iraq and he’s addicted. I can’t wait to try these!!! They look absolutely delicious!!

May 3, 2010 11:30 AM
barbara said...

i am always looking for ideas to wow people at work…well, this is one of them, so easy, yet looks extravagant…sweet

May 3, 2010 11:45 AM
Karyn @ Pixel Perfect Boutique said...

ADORABLE!!! I love the chocolate bowls! I am going to make some of those for my son’s birthday this weekend. They will be perfect for little cups of ice cream!

P.S. I am also going to attempt to make a giant cake pop ball for the top of my son’s cake. He wanted an Indiana Jones Lego theme cake… so I am going to make the giant ball that rolls after him (from the movie) using your cake pops recipe! All he keeps talking about is he can’t wait to eat the giant ball! Wish me luck!!!

May 3, 2010 11:54 AM
Jennylind said...

This is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen! My niece’s birthday is coming up and my sister and I were just discussing the perfect party for her. Hooray for Bakerella!!!

May 3, 2010 12:00 PM
Tay said...

Those look amazing! I would love that book (like I need another dessert book in the house though! haha!)

May 3, 2010 12:01 PM
Crystal said...

I want to try this and fill them with fruit salad! They look so good!

May 3, 2010 12:01 PM
Julie in Edmonds said...

Oh, how fun! Another one to put on my To Do list (but in a good way). :D

May 3, 2010 12:10 PM
Malak said...

Excellent idea…i Love it:)

May 3, 2010 12:19 PM
magali said...

wow! love the idea! will make them soon, thanks for sharing!

May 3, 2010 12:24 PM
magali said...

now with my correct website

May 3, 2010 12:27 PM
Anna said... :)

May 3, 2010 12:31 PM
Jennifer said...

Another reason to love chocolate even more!! SO cute! Thanks – always love to see what new idea you have found!

May 3, 2010 12:46 PM
Seanna Lea said...

Gosh, that looks delicious. And except for making the bowls looks like I won’t have to wash any dishes (in order to start making it). My community is still under a water ban, so I’m putting off all sorts of things so I can just do the dishes without boiling water first.

May 3, 2010 12:48 PM
Nancie McDermott said...

Fantastic! This is irresistible, everything looks delicious and adorable and most importantly do-able. Your thoughtful and darling photographs of the step-by-step make everything clear and inviting. I am printing this out to leave on my daughter’s desk —- Mother’s Day is coming right up, and I think that chocolate pudding in its own edible bowl works for breakfast in bed — milk, eggs, a little cocoa to express the love…. beautiful fun post, thank you for sharing this can-do treat.

May 3, 2010 12:55 PM
Amanda said...

How fun! My daughter LOVES balloons, but isn’t quite old enough to help with dipping them to make the bowls.

May 3, 2010 01:03 PM
~Rach said...

Could those little balloons cups BE any cuter?? What a super fun and adorable idea, LOVE it!!!

May 3, 2010 01:12 PM
DebbieL said...

Bakerella, get thee to a party store and buy yourself a balloon pump. 5 bucks and worth every penny. A lung is a terrible thing to lose.

May 3, 2010 01:14 PM
Susan said...

Oh my heck! That is the neatest idea. I love it. I’m going to try it and you know how much kids love to pop balloons.
BTW…..your niece is soooo stinkin adorable, I love those eyes.

May 3, 2010 01:33 PM
Elle Sees said...

I need these….now!

May 3, 2010 01:33 PM
Tricia Willoughby said...

I can’t wait to try these! My niece and nephew will go nuts!

May 3, 2010 01:52 PM
Katie Rose said...

those chocolate bowls are the coolest idea!

May 3, 2010 01:53 PM
Christine said...

wow the chocolate bowls is such a cute idea! i will have to pick up a copy of that book for myself. thanks bakerella!

May 3, 2010 02:05 PM
BelleBakes said...

Those are soooo adorable! Great idea for dessert cups! Going to have to try this some day!

May 3, 2010 02:07 PM
Wei-Wei said...

These are absolutely adorable! I especially love the bowls they’re served in… I love that cookbook, too! Sticky, chewy, messy and gooey are my favourite words when it comes to desserts and food! :D


May 3, 2010 02:13 PM
Mrs. Kolca said...

love love the mess and fun of this project.. makes me wanna try this with my daughter soon.. looks perfect as a mother’s day activity :D

May 3, 2010 02:16 PM
Missy Carvin said...

I wonder if I could fool my husband into thinking my 3-year-old could make these just so I could eat the “failures”??

May 3, 2010 02:22 PM
tj said...

…Isn’t this just the cutest thing ever?! How’d she come up with the balloons and the melted chocolate to make lil’ chocolate bowls? People like that just kill me with their creativity! And yeah Bakerella, you fall into that category…*giggle* ;o)

…Thank you for sharing this!

…Blessings… :o)

May 3, 2010 02:33 PM
Magsie said...

These are so cute. Next time I babysit my nephew, I’m totally making these! Or I could just make them with my friends who act like kids?!?

May 3, 2010 02:49 PM
Susanne Vella said...

This looks like so much fun and super YUMMY!

May 3, 2010 02:54 PM
Anne said...

These look fantastic – perfect for kids parties, or more grown up ones too :)
Had a peak at the book and it looks great as well! Another fab post

May 3, 2010 02:56 PM
Kori said...

Oh good heavens. If all the ingredients were in my house, I’d be making those right NOW. I can’t wait to try these. What a fun party treat!!!!

Thanks for sharing.

May 3, 2010 02:57 PM
Ashley said...

Oh my. I. LOVE. THIS. And now I’m going to put everything aside to make some right now… with or without the kids! ;)
Thanks Bakerella!!! <3

May 3, 2010 03:15 PM
Maé said...

Fantastic. Many thanks for all your great ideas. I’m living in France and it’s not easy to find the same products to do your recipes. For this time, I could try with my kids.

May 3, 2010 03:15 PM
Meghan said...

I don’t have kids, or know anyone with kids…but I must try this and get these books!!!

May 3, 2010 03:21 PM
cbear6889 said...

Oh those look like so much fun! I’m going to be watching my friend’s kids next week and this would be perfect! I love those bowls, most brilliant idea I have ever heard of! I’ll have to get that book soon!

May 3, 2010 03:21 PM
Amy said...

WOW! What an awesome idea! Thanks for sharing we are going to have to try this and get the book!!

May 3, 2010 03:36 PM
Sarah at Candiquik said...

These are becoming so popular! Tons of uses for them and they taste great too! And as always…your pictures are great.

May 3, 2010 03:38 PM
Karalie said...

What a great idea!! Oh the possibillities!!

May 3, 2010 03:46 PM
Amie said...

I want to make these, and I’m not even a kid! Well, I guess I am, but seriously…very very cool.

May 3, 2010 03:58 PM
Kathia Castro said...

Your killing me, I love them, so adorable that I wouldn’t want to eat them.

May 3, 2010 04:00 PM
Jaime said...

The bowls are so cute! You can use those for anything :D Thanks for posting!

May 3, 2010 04:02 PM
Libby said...

would you mind posting sometime a picture of the chocolate you use for the cake pops? I purchased a baking bar and hten made the cake pops and failed miserably :( i am thinking the chocolate bar from the grocery store didnt work like I thought it would. And with the water ballons inside the chocolate..doesnt water get everywhere when you pop the balloons with a pin?!

May 3, 2010 04:02 PM
Donelle Anderson said...

OMIGOSH…my mouth is watering!! Sounds like a fun thing to make!

May 3, 2010 04:16 PM
Cindy said...

These look amazing!! I’m going to make these with my children this week..:) Thanks for posting. I love your photos, too..

May 3, 2010 04:21 PM
Doreen Teoh said...

I think this idea is so cool, brings the kid out of me. I can do different color bowls! Thanks.

May 3, 2010 04:29 PM
Maggie said...

Read this post this morning and been thinking about it all day. I love the chocolate bowls. Balloons? I would have never thought of it. I’m buying the book and adding ANOTHER recipe to my list of recipes to do. Great photography too. That picture of you neice putting chocolate on the cookie sheet is great.

May 3, 2010 04:45 PM
Cassie said...

Those look great! Maybe they’ll be a new project for a rainy Sunday.

May 3, 2010 04:46 PM
Melissa Pearson said...

Can’t wait until summer vaca so that I can make these yummy treats and then go work it all off.

May 3, 2010 04:50 PM
lady jack said...

Hi,another well job done =) will definetly try that!

May 3, 2010 05:12 PM
Maria said...

wow!!! these look so cute and yummy! love it!

May 3, 2010 05:20 PM
Sarah D said...

This looks so fun with excellent results and lots of various possible :)

May 3, 2010 05:22 PM
Jackie said...

Those look AWESOME and my kids would TOTALLY L O V E them!

May 3, 2010 05:43 PM
Melissa said...

Love it! I can’t wait to give it a go! :)

May 3, 2010 05:55 PM
Tiffany C said...

I NEED that book!!

May 3, 2010 06:18 PM
Terra Zobrist said...

How cute and fun too! My little bakers are going to love these!

May 3, 2010 06:30 PM
Déborah said...

Olá! Descobri o site há pouco tempo,e i love bakerella!
Por que é muito legal,e da inspiração,principalmente para quem é confeiteira(o).Parabéns!
xo .

May 3, 2010 06:32 PM
Mari said...

I’m definitely doing this for mothers day..!

May 3, 2010 07:19 PM
Kelsey said...

Mmmm… They look SO tasty! :D

May 3, 2010 07:40 PM
Susan said...

Do make sure that your chocolate isn’t too hot before you dip the balloon or the balloon will pop spraying you and your entire kitchen with melted chocolate (a nearly impossible mess to clean up, I might add!) Yes, I am speaking from experience.

May 3, 2010 07:54 PM
Pouledeluxe said...

Oh those are wonderful, I’ll try those with the girls!!!!

Thanks for sharing

May 3, 2010 08:31 PM
Nancy said...

I hope you are feeling better. I have missed your posts. Take care, Nancy.

May 3, 2010 08:35 PM
Melanie said...

Yummy! These look great as does your photography!

May 3, 2010 09:03 PM
melissa Perez said...

I have always wanted to make chocolate cups with balloons!! It looks so awesome. Also, I have the original Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey book. That is the best book ever! So many great recipes. I’ll have to take a look at the kid book. It would be great for my cousin and her kids!

May 3, 2010 09:21 PM
Ashley Bryan said...

Can’t wait to try these with the girls! They will love them!!

May 3, 2010 09:42 PM
Suzan said...

These are adorable with fresh strawberries….or raspberries in them!!!

May 3, 2010 09:48 PM
Lynda Taylor said...

She looks like she had an awesome time making these.
I love the little balloon bowls. Would never have thought of that!
I definitely have to give that a try for my next party.
Thanks again Bakerella!
You rock.
and so does that book.

May 3, 2010 09:49 PM
Ann at House of Estrogen said...

WOW!!! Those are FANTASTIC!!!! Love it!

May 3, 2010 09:52 PM
Gina said...

I’ve loved these for years, however, I can’t eat them any more because I’m allergic to latex. Waaaaaah!

For those w/a latex allergy, probably the best way to go is to “paint” the chocolate in a silicone muffin cup, let it dry and then peel them out.

I love that there is now a SCMG for Kids! My girls and I need that!!!!!

May 3, 2010 09:55 PM
sarah {edible living} said...

Wow, this post is decadent, delicious and darling! What fun! I want to be six again. Luckily I have the heart of a child, and two darling chocolate-loving nieces to play with. Beautiful post bakerella, and beautiful book Jill O’Connor!

May 3, 2010 09:59 PM
Rachel said...

These looks amazing and SO yummy, but I have on question! Do the chocolate cups end up with a latex taste on the inside of them? I was just thinking about that nasty taste I get in my mouth when I blow up balloons and was curious if you noticed any taste on the chocolate? Hmm… definitely need to try this idea out! Maybe for our memorial day barbecue!

May 3, 2010 10:48 PM
Heather said...

Love the bowls! How clever!

May 3, 2010 10:53 PM
LIsa said...

Those are cool! I’ll have to make some of these next week!

May 4, 2010 12:16 AM
Baking Monster said...

I love that theres starting to be more cooking/baking books aimed towards kids, it fantastic!

May 4, 2010 12:40 AM
Pam said...

Yum!!! So fun!

May 4, 2010 12:45 AM
joanna said...

looks tassstttyyy, adorable, and FUN.

May 4, 2010 01:29 AM
Ang said...

I can’t wait to try these! My 4-year-old daughter and I will make these, hopefully, this weekend. She’ll be so excited… she’s picky about what she eats, but (dark) chocolate tops her list! I also wanted to thank you for your previous post (Bake It Pretty.) I’m now addicted to the site and will be spending waaaay too much money! I. Can’t. Wait

May 4, 2010 01:39 AM
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