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.

Sue Ptacek said...

Our 3 1/2 year old granddaughter Abigail is coming for an “overnight” this week! What fun we will have making these for dessert! Oh, don’t forget, Monday, May 10th is National Wear Your Apron Day!

May 9, 2010 01:10 PM
MySweetCreations said...

I don’t have any balloons on hand otherwise I would have made the chocolate bowls, but I made the pudding today. I am anxiously waiting for it to cool before I can heap my spoon full of it and enjoy. Thanks for bringing light to an excellent recipe!

May 9, 2010 04:33 PM
Lisa Corona said...

I made this dessert Friday night and it was a hit, till the ballons popped!!! OMG, I thought the chocolate was cool, but no! They exploded everywhere. When the chocolate finally cooled, the balloons did their job until we manually popped them. My girls loved everything about this dessert. Need to buy the book now!! Thanks for the inspiration.

May 9, 2010 11:47 PM
alissa apel said...

I tried this with my oldest son over the weekend. I should of read it more closely about putting the dab of chocolate on early. The second go around we did a much better job. He had so much fun popping the balloons! They were a big hit at our family get together. My grandmother that has Alzheimer’s disease had a hard time figuring out that she could eat the bowl. I had to help her. She was amazed! Just like all the little kids were.

May 10, 2010 09:13 AM
Christina @ Bon Appetit Beantown said...

JUST made these yesterday for my Mom :) I filled them with raspberry mousse. I had quite the time making the cups as the balloons kept b/c the chocolate was too hot. How long did you wait for the sauce to cool down before dipping the balloons? The final product was very impressive!

May 10, 2010 09:20 AM
Andrea said...

adorable and a fun hands-on for kids!

May 11, 2010 12:07 AM
Diapers & Divas said...

These look amazing! What a fun afternoon activity! Will definitely give these a try!

May 11, 2010 12:40 AM
Shannyn said...

This is SO AWESOME! How fun is that??? And here’s me with a new packet of water balloons in the house… hmm….. : )

May 11, 2010 02:27 AM
Karin said...

Mmm, YUM! I love your blog btw.

Swedish xoxo from Karin

May 11, 2010 03:25 AM
Sarah said...

this looks absolutely gorgeous!!! am going to have to make these over half term… :) only problem is that i really don’t like peanut butter (i know, i’m weird) is there anything i can substitute in?

May 11, 2010 12:04 PM
Heike Sellers said...

OMG … I have two little helpers here. They would totally love these, especially in about two weeks, when summer vacation starts. Pudding, ice-cream, mousse, so many possible, wonderful, yummy fillings. I can’t wait to make these with my girls. Thank you for sharing!

May 11, 2010 10:42 PM
Dee said...

This will be fun to make in the summer. Cute idea!

May 12, 2010 12:23 AM
Mojocooljojo said...

Ok. Made these and, yes, some of the balloons popped! Eventually the chocolate cooled enough to make the cups and then getting the popped balloon out of the choco cup was fairly easy, with a few that gave us a bit of trouble. We made the recipe exactly as written and the pudding was very good :) The chocolate cups were so rich that even the biggest chocolate lover couldn’t finish it. Overall, I think they are super cute, the pudding is very good but not really worth the trouble. Sorry, Bakerella. I love your blog and I’ll continue to try all your wonderful recipes. This one just wasn’t for us.

May 12, 2010 11:15 AM
Trish said...

I don’t like popping balloons! Any suggestions of what else could be used to make the cups?

May 12, 2010 12:59 PM
Tina said...

ok, 1/2 my balloons are exploding. The chocolate isn’t too hot, any cooler and it would harden- so what’s the problem? I am using the water balloons like Bakerella suggested, and they are so so thin. I wonder if I should just use regular balloons instead.

May 12, 2010 05:04 PM
Beth said...

This recipe is simply amazing! I am going to try making this with my children because it looks like a lot of fun!

May 12, 2010 05:34 PM
Becky said...

Ok so my kids and I made these and the water balloons popped. It was a huge mess and no the chocolate was not hot. We used Almond bark. It looks so perfect for you and I really loved the idea.. I would like to do it again what did I do wrong:(

May 12, 2010 09:27 PM
nafoooo said...

it look amazing.. yummmy

May 13, 2010 06:08 AM
Stacey said...

Wow!!! That is the cutest idea. I’m definitely going to check out the book too. Thanks so much!

May 13, 2010 09:43 AM
Amy said...

I made these after reading this post, no exploding balloons but I used regular not water balloons. The problem with regular was that they wouldn’t sit level on the tray so most of them tilted to one side. I was thinking I would use water balloons next time, but maybe not if they explode! Overall, though, very fun and my friends enjoyed them! I shook on some colored sprinkles before putting them on the tray to dry and they turned out really cute!

May 13, 2010 10:52 PM
The Reality Guru said...

I was directed to this website by a friend who is also a cook, omg…I love the stuff that you have here. I have a 4 year old son that I will try this with this weekend and I can only imagine how much fun he is going to have. Very good stuff, thanks so much I will definitely be back to check out more.

The Reality Guru

May 14, 2010 10:19 AM
Beth said...

This is brilliant! I love the idea… impressive for a dinner party and SO EASY.

May 14, 2010 11:26 AM
Susan said...

I’m having a banana split party this week – and the chocolate bowls will be perfect! Love them~

May 15, 2010 09:06 PM
Susie.OurKitchen said...

what an awesome blog and post. I will definitely be trying these out.

May 16, 2010 12:53 AM
cathy said...

We escaped the kitchen… waiting for the chocolate to cool down. Most of the balloons have already popped… except for two. This can get very frustrating! But after reading the comments we know to let the chocolate cool and to put Pam non-stick spray on them BEFORE you dip them in the chocolate!

May 16, 2010 03:48 PM
cathy said...

First of all, I adore this recipe! I am trying it for the first time with some little friends and they all think it is awesome. They love how you can eat the bowl. At first we had trouble with the balloons popping but we let the chocolate cool and we are alright now. Can’t wait to eat the bowls! :)

May 16, 2010 03:52 PM
Anna said...

I did this a long time ago, but instead of bowls I made them into tea cups (same thing, just added a chocolate handle to the side). I do have to say, be very sure you don’t blow up the balloons too much or have the chocolate too hot…I coated a dozen balloons, set them on a sheet to cool and left the kitchen…next thing I hear is a loud pop and when i walk back into the kitchen I saw that one of the balloons popped and my entire kitchen was coated with a fine spray of warm chocolate. I was finding chocolate bits in random spots for weeks.

May 17, 2010 04:35 PM
Mary Ann said...

My 8 year old can’t wait to make these- He said “I could just reach into the computer and grab some out- they look awesome!!”

May 17, 2010 07:40 PM
dianna said...

Made these for the school awards banquet and they were the first dessert eaten. They were such a hit I made them for a bridal shower and everyone raved madly about them. I used mousse inside and added a cherry – adorable!!!!

May 18, 2010 04:03 PM
mimi said...

As soon as I saw these I thought of the elementary school kids I work with over the summer. We tried these today and they were a HUGE hit with the kids. Of course, like some others, our balloons kept popping.

The water balloons seemed to work best if we coated them in butter before dipping them and the regular balloons didn’t pop at all. Of course we only found this out after getting chocolate literally everywhere and being being splattered with it from head to toe…but they were still great and we got lots of good laughs! Thanks for posting :)

May 18, 2010 09:44 PM
Anonymous said...

This is the best idea, and so fun for kids! LOVE IT

May 20, 2010 07:11 PM
Tiffany said...

I can’t wait to try these! Maybe using an air compressor for the water balloons would work better. Anything is better than busting a lung, right? I always look forward to your posts!

May 22, 2010 10:29 PM
marian said...

this looks delicious!

May 23, 2010 09:07 PM
Lynda Taylor said...

Thanks so much!
After viewing this post I just had to look up that book at Amazon.
With my husband peering over my shoulder ( and salivating with every picture – he likes to both bake and eat).
We loved this book and the one for adults too.
It didn’t take too long before we found a book supplier that had them in stock here in Australia and too soon the order was placed.
We have already tried a couple of recipes and they are sooooooo bad!! Delicious but naughty.
Thanks again!

May 24, 2010 07:10 AM
Deanna said...

What did I do wrong? I used water balloons ~ let my husband bust on lung on blowing them up. . . washed, dried, sprayed with Pam, dipped them and let them harden. Once I popped them, the balloon did not come out from the bottom of the chocolate bowl. Trying to scrap the balloon out was a complete disaster. I don’t want to give up here. . . just need some advice.

May 24, 2010 03:48 PM
Emelie said...

wow :D

May 24, 2010 04:07 PM
Mary Ann said...

Thank you so much for the step by step instructions for the balloon/chocolate cups. That made it much easier for us.
These were a huge hit!

May 25, 2010 03:16 PM
Cecy said...

I loved this idea, so I went to try it with my little ones…and for whatever reason my choc wouldnt be cool enought it caused the balloons to pop and choc went flying every where in our kitchen. I used wilton candy melts, how long should i let it cool and is there a specific balloon you used. thanks!

May 26, 2010 03:08 PM
Margarida said...

The chocolate bowls are really something :-)))

May 31, 2010 10:34 AM
Marta Elena said...

Hermoso y sabroso!

June 4, 2010 07:49 PM
candi said...

I saw a recipe to make chocolate spoons they would be cute with this bowl, I:am going to try it. but I have copd and ahsma so I need to find someone else to blow up the balloons lol!

June 4, 2010 09:28 PM
Savanah said...

I made the pudding and it’s so good! can’t wait for it to cool all the way so my little sister and i can make the cups :D
thank you!

June 5, 2010 01:54 PM
Angel said...

Oh my goodness! My favorite part is when the plastic is used.

June 5, 2010 02:24 PM
Amber said...

These are brilliant! I especially love the chocolate cups. I have been trying to find the perfect desert to serve my in laws. Thank you!

June 6, 2010 07:41 PM
Sue-Ann said...

I made these chocolate cups, and I had the same problem you did. The balloons would not peel away from the chocolate, even though I followed the directions.
I wonder if a regular balloon would be better?

June 6, 2010 08:31 PM
Becka said...

I tried these this weekend and the balloons kept popping! Of course, not until they had enough chocolate on them to splatter it everywhere, though.
I let the chocolate cool quite a bit and they still kept popping. Any suggestions? The pudding was to die for, by the way.

June 7, 2010 08:21 AM
Ashley Larissa said...

Is there anything that we could use in place of balloons? We have severe latex allergies in our family!

June 8, 2010 12:28 PM
Katie said...

Hi! This was such a great tutorial, and extremely delicious. I made a tutorial too.

They were a great hit for my birthday treat in the office.

June 15, 2010 04:43 PM
cindy said...

love it!!!!!

June 18, 2010 09:22 AM
desiree said...

I finally made these and also experienced disaster. We used water balloons from CVS. First batch I forgot the cooking spray and got balloon permanent stuck in the cups. The second batch exploded (melted chocolate everywhere!). They were chocolate chips, microwaved, and I stirred until everything was melted and waited for it to cool a bit before dipping. They did not explode immediately – by the time I had my 6th ballon on the tray the first one started to explode. Looking for recommendations on what brand/type of balloons worked for you.

June 18, 2010 12:57 PM
Deanna said...

Sue Ann and Desiree-
I bought 5 inch balloons and blew them up very small. For most of them I was good to go with no balloons sticking. A few of them had a little bit stuck, but I scrapped it out carefully. I think the thicker the balloon the easier it is to peel.
Hope this works for you. I’m off to the market to buy half-n-half for the wicked pudding.

June 18, 2010 08:01 PM
Jenn said...

LOVE LOVE !! I will never loose weight now ~ he he! My kids are going to be in heaven this summer !!

June 20, 2010 03:47 PM
Allie.:) said...

Ugh. This is the project from hell.
Out of 20 balloons only 4 didn’t explode!!!!
I did everything that the directions said, from the pam to the chocolate to cooling to the water balloons.
I wish it did because this looked so cute!

June 20, 2010 05:40 PM
SJumat said...

omg! nice. but sadly, to make the chocolate pudding, the page is unavailable. awww. i wante to try these~ ):

June 22, 2010 05:26 AM
Tamara said...

I made something similar once, but I dipped the chocolate on the balloons in toasted coconut before drying and then filled them with coconut ice cream. YUM! I like this idea though. :)

June 22, 2010 08:37 AM
algdfa said...

I think it would be delicious on Salmon!

June 22, 2010 06:35 PM
Jessica said...

I tried making these… complete disaster!

June 24, 2010 09:28 PM
ElizabethMD said...

WOW this is an AMAZING site. I love the wonderful mix of photos and writing on this post.

June 27, 2010 06:57 PM
Rob said...

Great idea – I just wouldn’t want the aftertaste of balloon.

June 30, 2010 03:24 PM
amanda said...

thats awsome yo

June 30, 2010 03:56 PM
Avni said...

Looks interesting…

July 1, 2010 01:53 PM
dani #1 Fann-iii! said...

such a smart idea. who would of thought balloons would come to use in the kitchen? awesome!

July 13, 2010 04:08 AM
Savannah said...

Wow! You make the most best looking treats! I want to make them all they look so good!

July 18, 2010 08:41 PM

That is a great idea i have to try this wonderful!

July 19, 2010 05:32 PM
Kham said...

OMG this is totally cool! I’ve never seen cups made this way before. I’m so going to try making these.

July 22, 2010 12:09 PM
karla rojas said...

im sooooo in love with these site!! im learning so much! i just wish i could as talented as bakerella!!

July 27, 2010 04:14 AM
Patricia Spicer said...

What a great idea ! I love it.

July 31, 2010 09:58 PM
Pauline said...

This version seems a lot easier. I saw them make chocolate baskets over here ( which I love the look of and how they added the message on the inside but I don’t think I have the patience to squirt the chocolate out like they did. I would much rather just dip the balloon! Thanks for such an easy but complicated looking tutorial.

August 16, 2010 09:00 PM
Morgan said...

At first I really didn’t know what the balloons were for but that is a really innovative idea. I like!

August 18, 2010 01:55 PM
Judi said...

We tried this with water balloons from the toy department at Walmart, and almond bark coating. All of our balloons popped except for one and the kitchen was splattered. Then my husband decided to pop the one that had survived before it could pop and make a mess, so we didn’t get to see how it would have worked out. We still needed chocolate cups, so we sprayed paper cupcake wrappers with nonstick spray and painted the insides with melted chocolate, then froze them solid and peeled off the paper wrappers.

August 19, 2010 02:06 PM
Glenda said...

Es una idea genial!! Gracias…. Thanks… Danke!

August 23, 2010 01:18 PM
Anonymous said...

They look wicked!
(And are too, because balloonies cause cancer.)

August 31, 2010 03:13 AM
Jaimi said...

Aww….. No fair!!

I’m on a diet.

September 3, 2010 02:46 PM
Emchar said...

I saw this idea and loved it so I tried it out. The balloons kept popping because the chocolate was too hot!! Melted chocolate went everywhere!!!! Any ideas on how to fix this? I tried using cooler chocolate but it didn’t work!

September 8, 2010 01:03 PM
alia said...

my God, lots of great idea… each more delicious…. yummmyyyyyy… cant wait to try some with the kids. thanks alot, thats a great website. i thank my friend Sarah who told me to check it out and ill get addicted….. i already am

September 11, 2010 11:06 AM
vesta said...

I just made this pudding, OMG it is so freakin good! I made it into a pudding pie with a graham cracker crust. It is seriously ridiculously good! Make it now!!!!

September 14, 2010 07:57 PM
Jackie Ladner said...

Delicious and yummy :)
I just love your site!
It makes me want a cupcake :)

September 26, 2010 02:08 AM
Jenny said...

I like the bowl ! It’s so amazing and cute!
I’ll going to try this recipe for Christmas, Thanks! :-)

November 11, 2010 08:14 AM
Sunny MM said...

Oooohhh……new desert for upcoming Christmas party? I think so :)

December 14, 2010 06:50 PM
Noelle said...

You don’t even need to put chocolate on the pan before you dip the balloon, when you set the balloon down the chocolate puddles down and creates a perfect little plate for the cup already! Removes a tedious part ^^ Just letting you know!

December 17, 2010 08:31 PM
Cinds said...

These were wonderful, I tried them yesterday. They didn’t look quite as good as yours but the children and I thoroughly enjoyed them! Btw, if anyone is after a great profiteroles recipe try this, it’s excellent:

January 3, 2011 06:25 AM
Anonymous said...

I tried one to see how it would turn out…it popped in my face and the chocolate went all over me :(

January 13, 2011 02:45 PM
Brendan said...

That is a very clever idea! I really like how nice they work out. Allthough they would be perfect for kids, I know a few adults I can try this out on…thanks.

February 1, 2011 04:19 PM
ava d. said...

i heart pudding cups!

February 27, 2011 04:42 PM
Mandy said...

I made these with my friend with white chocolate dyed green for st. patricks day and they turned out amazingly!!! Thank you so much for the idea!!!!

March 17, 2011 07:40 PM
Jodi said...

The cups are great. You can also swril white chocolate and another color like pink to make tulip cups. make mini or large ones are adorable. The mini one are great for tea parties or showers.

March 18, 2011 09:06 PM
Sim said...

Hi there,

This looks amazing and I’m sure it takes fantastic…problem is that when we tried making it with suggested water balloons, it all kept popping..even though the chocolate was hardly even warm and was starting to get thicker…we would dip the balloon in, then put it in the tray, and then just as we thought yay this is working…POP!

That was pretty disappointing and we don’t really know why it didn’t work for us…we tried about 5 before we gave up.

Hope there is a solution?? I would LOVE to make them successfully this time lol…

Hope others don’t find this problem.

April 1, 2011 07:51 PM
*Doudou* said...

I really love this recipe :D really easy and fun!
Thanks a lot!

April 10, 2011 08:49 AM
Fatima said...

yummy yummy! :)

April 11, 2011 03:56 PM
maquel said...

How many cups does the recipe for the pudding make?? Not sure how much chocolate to melt or how many balloons to fill.

April 14, 2011 02:11 PM
Jason said...

My kid would love these. Thanks.

April 16, 2011 07:29 PM
whitney said...

yeah, the chocolate keeps melting off before i can even put it in the freezer ..

April 25, 2011 07:17 PM
Rebekka said...

Really good idea ! :)

May 1, 2011 09:46 AM
mikah said...

I was shocked by the idea of using balloons as the ‘bowl’ maker. hahaha… such a great idea but i think this thing has to be done with all my family or best friends. so, it would be more fun. ^_^

June 18, 2011 05:34 AM
susan said...

oh my – what will you think of next? you are so crazy creative. i want to attend “camp bakerella”!

June 27, 2011 10:59 PM
Marisol said...

I tried to make this cute little chocolate cups, but it didin’t work because I didn’t use the right chocolate, so the chocolate never become hard. Could you please tell me which chocolate do I have to use? Maybe the one we use for chocolate frozen covered banana? Thank you for your help! :)

July 3, 2011 10:32 PM
Lindsay said...

I made these with my mother-in-law on the 4th. They turn out to be a huge hit! So simple and delicious~ We used Ghirardelli chocolate and didn’t have any problems!

July 6, 2011 12:38 PM
Dawn said...

I want to try these so bad but I have a child that is allergic to peanuts. Any suggestions on something else I could substitute for the peanut butter?

July 14, 2011 02:29 PM
Kelsey said...

Awesome idea! My bowls aren’t nearly as smooth in appearance! But I actually sort of like the swirled look that have- it looks very earthy and natural. Love it!

July 15, 2011 05:31 PM
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