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.

Eileen said...

Oh, I did something like that with balloons. It’s so fun and everyone loved it. Love your work Bakerella!!!!!

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May 4, 2010 02:45 AM
Eileen said...

Opps..sorry I don’t think you can click on that link I just put up.

May 4, 2010 02:51 AM
Azura said...

wow!! I love this….you are so cool..
gonna make it for my bestfriend’s birthday.. :)
Thanks for the cool idea..

May 4, 2010 04:57 AM
Slinki said...

I LOVE the bowl idea! Fantastic!

May 4, 2010 05:55 AM
Yifatiii said...

wow! What an awesome idea, thanks for sharing ?

May 4, 2010 07:20 AM
Monie said...

This is fabulous. So many possibilities!!!!!!!!!

May 4, 2010 08:11 AM
Melanie_J said...

I saw this book in the store the other day and LOVED it!!! Now I wish I would have splurged to buy it :)
I have been wanting to try these chocolate bowls for a while now, I’m planning on making them for a banquet next month (the theme is CHOCOLATE!!!) yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! CAN’T WAIT! :)

May 4, 2010 09:33 AM
Jennifurla said...

WOW, amazing! When my daughter is old enough this is just such a fantastic idea

May 4, 2010 10:32 AM
racheld said...

My favorite memory of watching Marcia Adams is the program that she made these—she waggled the balloons into the bowls of chocolate (three colors, I think, with some being solid and others a variety of the colors) until there were sorta scallops up the sides, like flowers. When I saw Gale Gand do “tulipes” they were almost the same.

And Marcia tied off each balloon by wrapping the neck around a little wooden match, with the head pressed into the balloon somehow, so that you could just gently deflate and wiggle the balloon a bit to remove.

Yours look absolutely slumgullious, and the young cook is surely bound for great things!

May 4, 2010 11:03 AM
Judy / IslandBroad said...

I do not have any children and the children I do know are too young to even feed themselves BUT I do have a sister that has NEVER baked OR experimented in the kitchen.. .I think this would be PERFECT! This could make her the culinary diva we know is buried deep inside LOL

May 4, 2010 11:39 AM
sue said...

Yumm! will make these soon- they are gluten free, after all! :)

May 4, 2010 12:02 PM
Jenny Flake said...

Angie, these are beyond cute!! Love your post, we need another blogger event, I want to hang out again and snap a thousand pictures together!!

May 4, 2010 12:03 PM
Polly said...

OH NOOOOOO!!!! I LOVE pudding … one more treat I’m gonna have to HAVE!!!!!!!!!!!

May 4, 2010 12:08 PM
Sara Giovannini said...

Fabulous idea with the balloons to make chocolate “bowls” I love it!!! Thank you for posting!

May 4, 2010 12:27 PM
Catherine said...

Wow those look wonderful! I will definately check out that book!
You have a wonderful site here, so happy I found it!
Have a nice day~

May 4, 2010 12:56 PM
Sandra said...

Adorable!!! My daughter would LOVE to make these!!! Thanks for the beautiful pics. :)

May 4, 2010 01:16 PM
zara said...

What a wonderful idea!

May 4, 2010 01:29 PM
Jess said...

These look amazing! But i was wondering if anyone can think of anything to use rather than balloons to make the cups? It’s just that i’d love to make thse for my boyfriend, but he’s alergic to latex so he a) couldn’t be in the room when i made these, and b) couldn’t eat them! :(
Any suggestions would be great!
Thank you!

May 4, 2010 01:36 PM
Angie said...

LOVE this! I am going to have to make these with my kiddos asap! What a great treat this would be for a birthday party!

May 4, 2010 01:38 PM
Laura P. said...

These look like so much fun to make! And what a sweetheart your niece is! Looks like you’ve got yourself an apprentice. Now if she could just learn WordPress and get her hands on a camera, you’d be all set :)

May 4, 2010 01:48 PM
lilblueyes said...

What an ingenious idea to make chocolate bowls … I used to “paint” chocolate on the insides of baking cups / cupcake liners, but that took a while & wasn’t always easy. This looks so easy! Lots of treats can go in the cups, too.

May 4, 2010 02:05 PM
Diana said...

Omg edible chocolate pudding cups! LOVE IT!

May 4, 2010 02:57 PM
Jeannette said...

i just love her manicure ;)

May 4, 2010 04:01 PM
Lesley March said...

I loooooove chocolate bowls!!
no clean up! ha

May 4, 2010 04:31 PM
Shelley said...

Oooooh the possibilities! Thanks for sharing – you are the bomb! I’m doing this Sunday for Mothers Day. Thanks and keep up the excellent work!

May 4, 2010 04:32 PM
Millys mini kitchen said...

WONERFUL! This is too cute, and a fantastic idea. I must try this… only i’m slightly scared of popping balloons, haha!

May 4, 2010 05:19 PM
Jill @ LearningLivingGiving said...

Oh. My. Gosh. I’m totally going to make these for my daughter’s birthday party next month! She’ll LOVE it~ she’ll be six and this will be her first BIG party! :) Thanks for sharing!!

May 4, 2010 06:02 PM
Lori said...

I love the idea for the cups! How fun!!

May 4, 2010 06:47 PM
Emily said...

What a fun idea!! I LOVE those bowls…oh, the possibilities!! :)

May 4, 2010 08:04 PM
Tracy said...

I have the first book and I LOVE it! I will have to get this one too, and make something wonderful with my nieces and nephews (my kids are adults now).

Thanks Bakerella, and Jill too!

May 4, 2010 08:24 PM
Kara said...

These look so delish. You are killing me, one delicious dessert at a time. Love the ballon idea… and your site.

May 4, 2010 09:25 PM
Meagan Borchard said...

I attempted the bowls and all I got was… pop! pop! pop!

They all either popped while I was dipping them or after I set them down on the pan. Any ideas?

May 4, 2010 09:33 PM
tasteofbeirut said...

This is a fun project!

May 4, 2010 10:06 PM
Kristyn LaPres said...

I think this is my #1 favorite recipe you have ever blogged! How fun and delicious!!!

May 4, 2010 10:20 PM
Ava said...

This looks so fun! I can’t wait to try it with my kids. Thanks for sharing! :)

May 4, 2010 11:53 PM
Susie said...

That is frickin fantastic! I am going to need to make these soon. I will even try to not be a control freak and let my big kid help me! ;)

May 5, 2010 12:39 AM
Peishi said...

Wow.. Look easy and nice..

May 5, 2010 01:27 AM
Sarah said...

These look so amazing, I want some now. But I think my husband would make fun of me and blame it on pregnancy hormones if I were to go into the kitchen and start cooking at 1am. Oh well, I might just go do it anyway.

May 5, 2010 01:51 AM
Garnet said...

That is so amazingly adorable! I totally love the balloon idea…even if I hate balloons! It would seem they actually do have a use!

May 5, 2010 02:37 AM
Nails 4 stars said...

That’s so cute! I’m going to make this with my kids! Thanks for sharing. xxx

May 5, 2010 04:34 AM
Caryn said...

looks like fun!

May 5, 2010 07:08 AM
Laurie said...

These look so fun!!! Thanks for sharing!

May 5, 2010 08:08 AM
Elle Sees said...

SUCH a refreshing change from ice cream! No melted sticky ice cream with the kiddos. Love it.

May 5, 2010 10:30 AM
Leah said...

Those are so cute and look delicious! My little 3 year old granddaughter is sitting here with me reading your post and begging to make them! What a fun project for you and your niece!

May 5, 2010 11:49 AM
Lauren Hamblin said...

That is so cool how you make the bowls! I definitely want to try this!

May 5, 2010 02:48 PM
Becky in Texas said...

I made these years ago and used a mixture of milk and white chocolate swirled together. It’s important that the melted chocolate isn’t too hot…if the balloon pops, look out! I was cleaning chocolate spatter off of my kitchen walls and everywhere else for a couple of months! These are easy to make, delicious to eat, and definitely make a great impression!

May 5, 2010 03:12 PM
Mary Margaret said...

Can I just tell you how much your website makes me smile? I literally get happy looking at it. I hope to make some of this stuff and for it to turn out half as good as yours.

May 5, 2010 03:56 PM
christy said...

My girls started SQUEALING when they saw this and in unison said, “Can we do that? Can we do that?? Can we do that??”…to which I promptly said, “Yes…if you stop saying that!”.

I have a feeling I know what we will be doing with friends this weekend!

May 5, 2010 04:13 PM
Michelle Whitlow said...

YUM!!! I really need to try those!!!

Btw, I just did a version of your first communion cupcakes. My daughter had hers last weekend. I just posted the pics on my blog :) Thanks for all of the inspiration!!

May 5, 2010 04:31 PM
Mojocooljojo said...

I love recipes that are kid-friendly and you get a super yummy result!! Definitely going to try this ;) Thanks again, Bakerella, for another fun idea!

May 5, 2010 04:38 PM
Lauren said...

LOVE these! It looks like you guys had a blast, I think I’ll have to buy the book and send it to my friends with kids!

May 5, 2010 07:00 PM
rock said...

Why bust your lungs ?
Put in some water and tie off before washing.
When you have your cups – cut off the top of
the balloon and pour out the water.
The oil should release the “bowl”.

May 5, 2010 07:23 PM
Katie D said...

I LOVE this…I tried it as soon as I got home from work..I attempted it 3 times…the first time worked well other than ( silly me) I didnt put the bowl on wax paper so it stuck…then the other 2 times the balloons literally EXPLODED!!! LOL I must admit it was super funny… anyway…How can I make the balloon not do this.. I let the chocolate cool for a long as I could without it hardening..Not sure why the first balloon didnt pop… HELP!! I want so badly to do this with my preschoolers!

May 5, 2010 08:56 PM
Heather Antonelli said...

The more I explore your site, the more impressed I am. Absolutely a baking fantasy. I don’t bake. I cook like a rock star but I don’t measure very well. You do inspire.
Well done.

May 5, 2010 11:29 PM
Jena said...

AAw those chocolate cups are sooo cute! N d book! i have the pink n brown version of the book (the regular kind, not the kid ones) n i love it! i still have to try some of the recipes during my free time

May 5, 2010 11:35 PM
The Happy Creator said...

Oh my goodness gracious! Yummy!

May 5, 2010 11:59 PM
Beth said...

Oh, I *so* want to do this, but my allergy klaxons are going off already! Nope, not peanuts. Latex in the balloons. :( Any other ideas for these without latex?

May 6, 2010 01:54 AM
Debra said...

This is such a cute and fun idea! I’ll have to add this one to my list of things to do when I’m really bored and looking for something to do in the kitchen. :)

May 6, 2010 02:23 AM
roos said...

aww, the bowls are so cute!!! love this great idea!

May 6, 2010 05:22 AM
Jordan - Polkadot Prints said...

So delicious looking! I’m so doing this for a dinner party!
Could fill with so many things! Off to melt some chocolate…and then some more! :)

May 6, 2010 07:22 AM
Si said...

Once again here on Stumble why is it that without exception if its food and American the recipes are high in fat and or sugar ? ,. dont you know anything but ? . .

May 6, 2010 08:11 AM
raihanah said...

Such an earth-conserving method!

May 6, 2010 09:26 AM
Lynne said...

This is so cute! Be careful if serving to lots of kids though; make sure no one has a latex allergy.

May 6, 2010 09:28 AM
Crazy Sweet Life said...

These look soooo fun and yummy! This is such a great recipe to make with kids – or adults who still act like kids:)

Uh oh, I’m having a chocolate craving…

May 6, 2010 10:06 AM
Bronwyn said...

What a great idea! I love the balloon bowls! Amazing!!

May 6, 2010 12:13 PM
Summer said...

I made the pudding last night and it was ready to eat for breakfast this morning! I didn’t have any smooth peanut butter in the house so I exchanged it for two smooshed up banana’s.


May 6, 2010 02:14 PM
Sarah Lynn said...

Everything you do always looks so yummy! But, Bakerella, how do you prevent your chocolate from burning? I either do one of two things:
1. Burn my chocolate


2. The chocolate stays chunky.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you!

May 6, 2010 02:39 PM
Ali @ Redhead Reports said...

WOW those chocolate bowls look delicious!

May 6, 2010 05:12 PM
Jill O'Connor said...

Hi! This is Jill O’Connor, and I want to respond to the people who have popped their balloons dipping them in the chocolate. My first advice is to make sure the chocolate isn’t too hot. It should be warm and liquid but not hot. My advice is to melt chocolate like I do–in the microwave.

I spread the chopped chocolate or chocolate chips in a thin, even layer on a large microwave-safe dinner plate and heat on high for one minute. Stir until smooth and transfer to a deep bowl. If the chocolate isn’t warm enough to stir smooth, heat it is 15 second increments until it is. Chocolate melted in the microwave melts faster and more evenly, I find. ALso, make sure you by balloons that are strong enough! Water balloons, as Bakerella suggested, are usually strong enough.Good luck, and have fun!


May 6, 2010 06:35 PM
Nicole said...

Hi Bakerella! Love this post! I tried making the cups and didn’t have non-stick spray. I ended up having chocolate carnage instead…still yummy though! Any other suggestions on how to make sure the cups hold their shape when popping the balloons–especially if you don’t have non-stick spray? Thanks!

May 6, 2010 07:30 PM
natalie said...

love the idea of these cups! can’t wait to do them at our next family get together for the kiddies!

May 6, 2010 07:32 PM
Gloria said...

wow these are great! I’m babysitting my three cousins this summer who are 6,9, and 11, and I cant wait to try these!!! thank you so much!

May 6, 2010 09:30 PM
Pamela Susan said...

this is AMAZING!!!!! so in love with it!!!

May 6, 2010 09:31 PM
bakerella said...

Noemi – wow, I didn’t realize so many people had latex allergies. You could paint the chocolate on baking cups or silicone cups and let dry. Remove and you’ll be left with a chocolate cup.

WishTrish – the book is great.

Amy Matthews – I am no facebook.

Jill – I’ll hold you to that.

Janet – Yes, really hard to blow up.

DebbieL – yes. If I had only known.

Libby – Usually I use Kroger brand bark coating. I don’t use baking chocolate for dipping. And I blew up the water balloons instead of filling them with water.

Rachel – I didn’t notice a latex taste.

Jenny Flake – Yes we do. Last time was so much fun.

Laura P. – So true. I need to teach her wordpress.

Jeannette – Thanks. I’ve been known to give a french manicure or two.

Meagan – sounds like the chocolate was too hot.

rock – those balloons pop easily with water in them. I didn’t want a bigger mess.

Katie D – Check out Jill’s answer a few below your comment.

Si – Umm- it’s a dessert and sweet on purpose.

Sarah Lynn – Heat is slow and low in the microwave and stir in between.

Jill – Thanks for the info. And I love your books. My niece and I had the best time.

By the way, I used Kroger brand bark coating. It melts fantastic in the microwave. I let it cool for just a few minutes and none of the balloons popped.

Nicole – I forgot to spray a couple of bowls and they still came out fine. Maybe you are popping the balloons with too much force, or they are blown up too tight.

When we popped ours, most of them slowly shrank in size from the air escaping. They didn’t burst.

May 6, 2010 10:07 PM
Loni said...

I’m a homeschool mom and love being in the kitchen with my kids. These are the perfect “last day of school” treat! Thanks for the idea!!

May 6, 2010 10:11 PM
Paula said...

These look so yummy, I can not wait to try them.

May 6, 2010 10:29 PM
ash said...

I JUST finished making these, they look amazing, and taste awesome! I thought they would be a great mothers day treat. Thank you for posting this, and thank you stumble for helping me find it :D

May 6, 2010 11:02 PM
jamie said...

I made these for teacher appreciation at my school this week. I put a dollop of whipped cream in the bottom and topped them with strawberries. THe kids had fun helping and the teachers loved them! Thank you so much

May 7, 2010 12:48 AM
Ashley Larissa said...

Ah-MAZE-ing! So yummy! This was the best time ever! My stepson loved making these! Now my seventeen year old sister wants to make them everyday! Absolutely splendifferous!

May 7, 2010 02:47 AM
becky said...

I cant wait to make these with my kids. They are going to love love love these. Thanks!!!!

May 7, 2010 10:51 AM
prerna said...

This is such a great idea to engage kids and they would I’m sure love the whole process speciall the last part’ eating’ !
I so wish my daughter was big enough to try this buy one day I will!
Bookmarking it for a couple years :-)

May 7, 2010 11:46 AM
Holly said...

We made these yesterday… my kids LOVED it! Some are pretty ODD shaped bowls, but just like those “hand casts” and ash trays made out of clay when their parents never have smoked…. it was THEIRS, and that was SUPER COOL for them! Thank you so much! We’re packaging the bowls in a cooler, taking the pudding, and having dessert between the girls’ softball games tonight! Thanks so much for the direction!!

May 7, 2010 12:03 PM
almond said...

Question, how many times does the ballon (same one) have to be melt on the chocolate? did not get that part

May 7, 2010 12:08 PM
Holly said...

We just dipped it one time… swirling it around. Regular chocolate won’t work though.. using the candy melts from any cake decorating store, or even Walmart carries the Wilton brand now, works wonders!

May 7, 2010 12:24 PM
reminisceheirlooms said...

OH MY HEAVENLY STARS! Do you know how much I am drooooooooling now? Mercy woman. Amazing.

May 7, 2010 12:41 PM
Lea Ann said...

I love kids in the kitchen!

May 7, 2010 02:06 PM
Debb said...

I just want you to know that I think you’re amazing. You remind me of how fun it is to be a Mom, with all the exciting experiments and trials you share with us. The joy of motherhood and sharing talents goes far, but today especially. It’s been a rough day and it’s just a joy to see this new treat you’ve shared, it brought a smile to my face and some joy to my heart as I plan on going to get the supplies to do this with my kids on Mother’s Day! Thanks for all your wonderful idea’s and for sharing your resources and treasures you find with us. The links and supply places you’ve shared is like walking into Wonderland with all it’s possibilities which are endless. You’re one great lady and MOM! I hope your Mother’s Day is a great one!

May 7, 2010 06:56 PM
Amanda said...

So ridiculously cute!
Can’t wait to make these

May 7, 2010 08:08 PM
Amanda Formaro said...

How fun are those!? So cute!!

May 7, 2010 09:28 PM
Melanie said...

The balloon trick is brilliant! Not to mention so fun. TFS!

May 7, 2010 09:49 PM
Becky at MyKidsMake said...

I couldn’t resist! I made these today with my kids. Thanks for the idea. Check out the video of us making these treats!

May 7, 2010 10:20 PM
Amy Rainey said...

I tried to do the balloon thing once…I popped at least 83 balloons (okay…I gave up at around 14). I don’t know if it was a bad batch of balloons or what. I let the stuff cool a long time. When I moved out of that house a year later, I was still finding chocolate splatter in the strangest places…even the ceiling! LOL

May 8, 2010 08:52 AM
Jieun said...

Mmmmmm…… like to do this for a party!!

May 8, 2010 11:11 AM
Kristen W said...

So cute! The original Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey is one of my favorite baking books. All of the recipes are delicious and really creative!

May 8, 2010 06:27 PM
Rubs Wanted said...

Those look amazing! They seem a bit difficult to make with the balloons and all, but wow, they look fantastic. You have wonderful pictures :)

May 8, 2010 10:28 PM
Amanda Auwen said...

So creative. LOVE it.

May 9, 2010 02:18 AM
Freya said...

Yum! These look like so much fun to make!

May 9, 2010 10:14 AM
Sherry said...

This might be a dumb question but where can i find the sprinkles they used on the puddings ?

May 9, 2010 11:20 AM
Tina said...

I’m planning to make these for my son’s 13th birthday party this weekend, but filling with cake and ice cream :) Teens and chocolate, it’ll go over gangbusters :D

May 9, 2010 12:13 PM
Hazels07 said...

Omy that is so cute!!! I fell in love with this as soon as I saw the bright colored balloons

May 9, 2010 01:06 PM
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