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.

Annie said...

It’s so so so cute.

August 7, 2011 12:58 AM
hrl said...

How fun!

August 7, 2011 01:07 AM
Sandy said...

Or maybe use something that won’t cause the latex-allergic to go into anaphylactic shock? There are lots of silicone molds, bowls and other items out there that would be easy to use, and wouldn’t be a danger to your guests.

August 7, 2011 02:32 PM
Mac said...

Great idea! Totally linked it on my own blog!

August 9, 2011 12:07 PM
Barbara Rowley said...

I saw these a few years ago and couldn’t wait to try them. One word of caution: Don’t fill the balloons too full of air. When we did these the first time the balloons popped, leaving interesting bits of chocolate on the ceiling of my kitchen!

August 9, 2011 02:52 PM
Paula from Brazil said...

Hello! This is a very original idea! I will try to use smaller balloons to get a delicate result!

August 18, 2011 05:52 PM
linda said...


I love this idea… in french (because I’m french) J’aime ! Splendide.
I think, I do that with my sons.

Bye bye

August 19, 2011 08:18 AM
Popztee Cake Pop Stand said...

Brilliant idea. I love it!

Now we just need to figure out how to make a chocolate spoon that doesn’t melt in your hand. :)

August 19, 2011 06:07 PM
Yvonne said...

Your Bakerella blog is so much fun to look at! I would like to link back to your tutorial about the pudding cups and the use of balloons, on the Dutch language inspiration blog “deze is ook leuk ( And I would like to use one of your photo’s in the blogpost.
Is it okay to do so?
Thank you so much for answering, many kind regards from Yvon

August 21, 2011 11:15 AM
Dryyka said...

Great!!! I love these!! Tks!!

August 21, 2011 06:07 PM
Salama said...

I fell in love with this idea and did it right away but I had a really hard time dipping the balloons in. I couldn’t make deep cups the balloons kept popping up…any ideas ( I used water balloons)

August 27, 2011 06:18 PM
Salama said...

I fell in love with this idea and did it right away but I had a really hard time dipping the balloons in. I couldn’t make deep cups the balloons kept popping up…any ideas? ( I used water balloons)

August 27, 2011 06:20 PM
Party Balloons! said...

Salama – try using a heavier gauge balloon. The water balloons tend to be smaller (5″) and are a little thinner. Check out this Balloons site for a selection of balloons that might work for this project. Try using the 9″ latex and only inflate them to the size of the cup you would like.

September 1, 2011 04:47 PM
jen said...

Now that’s fancy!

September 6, 2011 06:22 AM
Donna Young said...

Definitely, let the chocolate cool a bit before dipping balloons… I didn’t and as I pulled the balloon out of the chocolate it burst and chocolate splattered all over me and the walls! LOL! What a mess! After lesson learned, it was a delicious success!

September 6, 2011 04:30 PM
S said...

i cant wait to make these cups….but may I ask, how long do these keep? if i wanted to make for a party, could i make them a few days in advance? or would they lose their freshness and taste and appearance?

September 13, 2011 11:30 AM
Laila said...

These look great. Make sure that no one is allergic to latex when served. Another great idea would be adding peanuts to the chocolate after the ballon has been dipped and let dry. Yum!

September 15, 2011 04:20 PM
Brenda said...

I have tried chocolate bowls before, but this looks like so much more fun and they appear very sturdy. And you were SO clear. Thanks!

September 16, 2011 10:21 PM
Sugar said...

HEY!!! love this site but can you right more recipes???
anyway you might have a bit more of a popular site and get customers.

sincerely bake master, Sugrar

September 25, 2011 01:38 PM
werd said...

give us a link on where we can buy the non-sticky cooking spray thingy? pretty pleaaaaaaaaaaase?

September 26, 2011 01:12 AM
Christe said...

can you use almond bark as well, that way, you dont have to get morsels and coating… i use the almond bark for sipped strawberries

September 26, 2011 09:43 PM
Jennie Rose said...

This is awesome! I am soooo going to be doing this with my six kiddos! :)

September 28, 2011 08:24 PM
Mike Colvin said...

This would be fun to make with McKenna

September 30, 2011 06:34 AM
Deb @ Living Montessori Now said...

This is TOO COOL – what a great idea! I’m so glad you added it to the Living Montessori Now Facebook page! I just pinned it to my Kids’ Party Ideas board on Pinterest:

October 5, 2011 07:22 PM
Hannah said...

These cups are great! I thought I’d let you know I referenced it on my blog at!

I used these cups and made peanut butter mousse and chocolate mousse to fill them for a girls night dinner! They were a huge hit! Thanks for posting this!

October 16, 2011 04:07 PM
candyisdandy said...

this delecacy looks splendid! I cant wait to start churning the butter for it

November 6, 2011 02:21 PM
Anonymous said...

This looks like it would be good with a scoop of ice cream in it as well.

December 2, 2011 08:28 AM
jesep said...

Such a cute idea only I tried it and it didn’t work at all! :(
I used water balloons too, you’re right I almost busted a lung too, but when I didn’t them in the chocolate they exploded. Yeah that’s right exploded. Which I’m sure you can imagine was a complete chocolate disaster. In fact there is still chocolate on my ceiling. LOL! Any suggestions as to what I did wrong? Just bad balloons maybe?

December 3, 2011 11:18 PM
vitoria said...

quero isso em portugues!!!por favor!!!

i want this in portuguese, please!!!!!!

December 10, 2011 01:25 AM
Goingkookies said...

OMG! This is just AMAZINGly cool!!! Doubt it ll turn out this splendidly delicious looking if I were to try my hand in this cool chocolate project!

January 14, 2012 09:48 AM
Kathleen said...

Thanks Bakerella showing me this exciting fun recipe! Also,I have one issue, how can you make green Tea cakes? THIS website is the only website that I go to for baking tips, so can you help me? Thanks!

January 23, 2012 08:48 PM
Kimber said...

Love these!! Can’t wait to try

January 24, 2012 09:09 AM
Donna Di Berardo said...

I tried this last weekend, my chocolate was not hot and first 2 balloons as soon as I dipped them, they popped. I had a very difficult time, when I was hoping for a easy fun project. Can you tell me why that would happen. Do I need to use a certain kind of balloon. Would love your input.

Thanks so much,

February 10, 2012 04:57 PM
panda buddy! said...

what are the ingredients to this good lookin thing

February 25, 2012 03:42 PM
deanna said...

Nice idea for the balloons~

March 21, 2012 12:16 PM
Alicia said...

I love this idea, I can’t wait to have my nieces over and make this up with them. They love baking with me, we are going to have so much fun doing this. Thank you for sharing :)

March 26, 2012 01:32 AM
Ami said...

I tried this with water balloons, and it didn’t work. They popped because the chocolate was still too hot for them :( But I think I will have to try with regular sized balloons blown up halfway next time.

March 30, 2012 05:39 PM
Cheri Looman said...

Tried this today. I made just one because I’m getting ready for a party and wanting so much to make these. Everything went really well until I tried getting the balloon out of the bowl – it stuck and I couldn’t get it out. Any suggestions? I really want to make these and have them turn out! Please help!!!!

April 9, 2012 02:56 PM
Mounette said...

Super bonne idée, merci

May 1, 2012 12:49 PM
Martha in AZ said...

Oh, my kids would LOVE these! And frankly, I would too. Fabulous idea & what a cute lookin’ book. Thanks for sharing!

May 4, 2012 12:46 PM
Luna de Algodón de Luna said...

y yo sin conocer tú blog ¡¡¡ qué barbaridad

me quedo y te plagio esta mega idea expectacular ¡¡¡¡


May 5, 2012 03:16 AM
den-den said...

Wow I’m so going to make them for brother!!!!!!


July 25, 2012 12:05 PM
den-den said...

I mean my brother

July 25, 2012 12:06 PM
Hannah said...

Just featured your AMAZING Chocolate Pudding Cups on my Blog Post “10 Creative Party Food Ideas that will Make Any Party AMAZING!!”

You are so brilliant! Thanks for sharing your great ideas! ?

September 20, 2012 12:05 PM
Villin said...

This is amazing! I need to try this RIGHT now. Work can wait, right?

November 14, 2012 03:44 AM
Anonymous said...

Awesome!!! I love doing these and. Can’t wait to let my grandson help me. Yummy fun.

November 30, 2012 04:51 PM
Lorrie said...

I would love to do this! How many times do you dip the balloons in the chocolate to get a good thickness so the bowls don’t fall apart while you’re eating?

December 15, 2012 12:39 PM
sara jack said...

that is so much easy and yammmy

January 2, 2013 04:16 AM
john edward said...

i like that

January 2, 2013 04:19 AM
sam said...

For those with an allergy to latex, you can always use plastic cups and dip them in the chocolate? or even those plastic balls you get in the ballpit??… the other things i can think of are not so much fun or as messy! i love this idea xxx

January 13, 2013 06:57 PM
Kate Zuccala said...

These are amazing – such a great idea. I found your website and made on the deserts from it. Now every Friday my family insists on me making them a ‘special’ desert from your website. Thanks for all the fantastic ideas. Just love your website, well done

March 13, 2014 08:42 PM
Aqiyl Aniys said...

I know many of us wish we could dive into this.

March 21, 2014 09:53 PM
Kitty said...

yum! that looks good!

April 1, 2014 03:56 PM
Jennifer said...

3 put of 4 tries my balloons popped. What a mess!

December 10, 2014 06:18 PM
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