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.

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456 comments on “Pudding Cups”

  1. I love the idea! Looks so much fun, I wonder if nephews would have as much fun as nieces…I should try it out. Thanks for posting!

  2. Oh how fun and super delicious! I used to love making chocolate bowls. I can’t believe that I haven’t made these with my 4 year old. He’s going to love it!

  3. another great idea. i love this website

  4. oh no. why did you have to post this!? looks fun and yummy!

  5. Cute idea…and yummy too!

  6. Those look so fun : ) I can’t wait to make these with my nieces. Today we made our fist cakepops & they were SO YUMMY & my nieces had fun making them with me. Thank you for posting all the GREAT recipes!!!!! : )

  7. I love it! What a beautiful helper you have there :)

  8. that is so awesome. I’m going to make some for the upcoming party I’m planning. it will be the best.

  9. What a fantastic idea for a rainy day!! With so many Spring showers lately, this will make it onto my list of yummy things to do! Thanks!

  10. I may have just found my treat for our end of year 1st grade party – my students would LOVE making this!!! great find – thanks for sharing!

  11. Love love love!!!

  12. Oh man, those look good! How cool that she made ’em all by herself :)

  13. OMGosh!!! this is so creative!! i’m going to have to find an excuse to make these =)

  14. can I please be your niece? :)

  15. SOOOO FUN!!! I bet my kindergarteners would love this!!!

  16. Oh my gosh my kids would love making these and I would love eating them! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  17. OoOooOooH! My girls love helping me bake + they love all things chocolate + I *heart* peanut butter = must.do.soon!!!

  18. Oh, if only my son liked to get messy… shoot…

  19. This is SO funny — I’m writing a post RIGHT NOW about the chocolate bowls I just made to serve truffles in! I got the idea after seeing some chocolate bowls on tastespotting that were adorable.

  20. I love this idea… thank you

  21. hello: i saw this bowl longggggg time ago on a magazine but they put ice cream, remembering this idea its nice and fun to try it again,love your site!!!!

  22. Absolutely GENIUS!!!! I am going to try these for sure!!!!!!!!!!

  23. My kids will LOVE making these!! Can’t wait to try it! And as a side note, my son had a birthday last week and I made him your Oreo Truffle Pops…some in the shape of a Golden Snitch from Harry Potter as well as some Yoda ones from Star Wars. They were a HUGE hit! Thanks so much for your inspiration!!!

  24. I can’t wait to show my 6 year old this project! Sounds like yummy pudding too!

    Thanks again!

  25. These are so cute! It is so awesome that your niece made them, she did a great job! And her nails look pretty too!

  26. I’ll be making these soon! What a fun project!

  27. Oh yum yum yummy!!! I wish I could press a button and just have it appear right in front of me so I could stuff my face full of it with out having to wait on making it!!! mmm….. LOVE IT!!

  28. Bakerella I was just thinkin havent seen your helper on here .and was just wonderin when I was gonna get to see her do her cookin thing !!.she did a wonderful job ..a good time had by all …I also wanted to shout out a congrats on the fun you had in Alanta with PW’s book signing …and a question as to how you are doing with your book project !!!
    ok time to make some choc pudding cups !

  29. This is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen! I can’t wait to try it with my niece! Now if we could only speed up the 4 hour chilling time so we can eat the pudding sooner… :)

  30. I adore these! I think I will make these with my kindergarteners! They look fun and easy! A combination I love!

  31. this is THE cutest and most innovative thing i’ve seen in a long time! i just love the idea of the balloons! i mean, WOW.
    such a great party idea!

  32. Yumm!! These look absolutely fantastic! I love the chocolate cups, too. Must keep them in mind for parties and what not. :)

  33. oh my gosh! These are sooo awesome!! I will have to get the book!

  34. Yummy! I’ve made those bowls for a few things before. I always have one balloon that bursts while the chocolate is still gooey and my kitchen and I get speckled!

    I’ll have to try them out for this recipe, chocolate and peanut butter and chocolate a combination that can’t be beat!

  35. One of my girls’ favorite things to do is make balloon chocolate bowls! There’s something magical about them! Their favorite is to start w/ white chocolate as a base, drizzle dark on top, then dip the balloons–it makes “zebra bowls”. :)

  36. Any suggestions about how to make these without the balloons? I have a latex allergy and I wouldn’t want to have a reaction from something that looks so yummy. I would really like to try these though, my daughter would love it!

  37. i love love love this idea!! i’m already wondering how i can tweak it a little for other stuff!! like, for cupcakes??? mmmmmmmm

  38. I love this idea. Wonderful.

  39. fantastic! I’m adding the book to my wishlist right now. I have the original – Sticky, chewy, messy, gooey – and it has my favourite brownie recipe ever in it. It’s a winner and I’m sure the sequel is too.

  40. I’ve made these using the candy melts in various colors. You can make some very pretty “chocolate flower bowls” by swirling or marbeling two colors together, then when you coat the balloon, roll the balloon first, from North to South, then from East to West and this will create 4 petals on the bowl resembling a tulip.

  41. Oh wow! I think these could grow up a little, using a mousse or something inside the bowls! Can’t wait to try it!

  42. They look so yummy! I think I will try them. I’ve been afraid of chocolate bowls since I tried making them a decade ago. The chocolate was too hot. The balloons popped and there was chocolate splattered all over my kitchen ceiling. Not to mention my face and clothes! And I should mention that I was trying to impress a new boyfriend who was sitting there watching . (He married me though, so not easily frightened). Maybe I won’t mention that I’m trying these again! Thanks for the idea and great pictures!

  43. This looks incredible! Thanks for sharing this!

  44. Amazing. I gotta make these for my next event girls night in!!!!

  45. She did a fantastic job!! I love how chocolate bowls are made.

  46. love it… never thought that will be so much fun

  47. OH MY GOD! I might die of lust. Those look SO good! This is SO not helping me loose the baby weight! (in fact its making me GAIN!- between you an PW- I’m screwed!)

  48. wonderful. I have a kids ice cream birthday party coming up and this would be so fun!

  49. Genial idea !!!!
    Me la apunto para hacerla con mis niños…..
    Quién hincha los globos ???????
    Algún voluntario ????
    Besos desde Castellón (España)

  50. Wow, these are awesome! My niece would love it! :)

  51. very cute idea….very clever ^^

  52. Those little chocolate bowls are the most clever things…!

  53. Sweet Idea! Now there goes my diet plan… :)

  54. I like the idea so cute thanks

  55. Bakerella! I have been up so late all the time lately and being recently married I have been taking on my old hobby of baking. Needless to say I have been on your blog recipe gathering all night. Then this comes up. OOO! I am going to do this with my younger brother and sister in laws! so cute and so fun! Thanks for sharing!

  56. this is such a great idea – no washing up!

  57. omg how cute are those ……………………..and the best bit………i can eat the cup………..oh yeah, gotta try this for sure ! and soon !

  58. AWESOME!!! I love that idea with the balloons!! Gotta try this very soon! I love your blog! So many great recipes… thanks for sharing it!!!

    Greetings from Austria :)

  59. Balloons and pudding. Every kids dream.

  60. Oh My Goodness! I am so making these with my boys & my nieces too!

  61. This is a wonderful recipe to make with my grandchildren. Especially my grandson who has abundant energy when staying with me. This should keep him busy and he loves chocolate, but so do I. Thank you again for another wonderful idea. Paulette

  62. Those are an awesome treat! My daughter will have a blast making those! Thanks for the idea.

  63. That looks so yummy! My three year old is standing here saying, “I want to make some!!” Can’t wait to try it!!!!

  64. WOW…this looks so fancy and totally doable! TFS!!!

  65. Those look fantastic! And so yummy!

  66. Always looking for new FUN things to do with my kids! YUM! this looks fabulous…thanks for sharing. I might have to add that title to my Mothers Day list. : D

  67. You’re the best, you always surprised me with great ideas. Thank you very much!!!

  68. For kids? No way! These are for ME! haha. Although I feel like a kid. 22 isn’t too bad, is it?

  69. What fun! Thanks!

  70. Best idea since cake pops! =0)

  71. Super cute and looks easy! I will be letting my little helper (one of my sons) to do this one with me. I love looking at you site each day to see what you have new on it.

  72. Forget the kids – I can think of at least five grown men off the top of my head who would be over the moon for this. This is definitely going onto the ‘must try’ list!

  73. These would make awesome ice cream sundae cups too! :)

  74. oh how fun and cute, I would love to make these I am book marking this one!!!

  75. My mom does something very similar for her crafts, except instead of chocolate, she wraps string or yarn around the balloon, sprays it with a stiffening starch spray, and uses it to make a fragile egg-shell that she uses to make Easter decorations.

    These look great!

  76. What an adorable and delicious looking treat for kids! I love kids in the kitchen. The books looks awesome. Will have to pick one up to share with my daughter.

  77. what a fantastic idea and fun too!

  78. Super cute! Love the creative way of making the chocolate bowls with ballons, so fun!

  79. AWESOME….this is going to be the next cooking project for the daycare kids! They are going to LOVE it!!!

  80. When I saw this, I thought, Oh! Bakerella reads my blog!!!! It was so exciting there for a minute. Then I see that you found this idea in a book. Now I must find a copy of this book. Sounds like it’s exactly the sort of thing I would read. I’ve been making bowls this way for years!

    Read my similar post here:

  81. O.Ma.Gah. thos look sooooo good :)

  82. L-O-V-E this!!! How clever…definitely going to try this out!

  83. I think I’m going to go into sugar-shock just looking at that!

    I like the bowl idea – you could put just strawberry’s and whip cream in them :)

  84. SO CUTE!!! I only wish I had seen these a week earlier. Would have been fun to make on vacation with family. Definitely a keeper though!

  85. Yum! Yum! Yum! You just can’t beat pb and chocolate together.

  86. The balloon idea is possibly the most creative and clever concept I’ve ever encountered regarding desert food. I am so in.

  87. OMG! That is so cute! How clever is that to use balloons to make chocolate bowls. That is something I will definitely have to try.

  88. Oh my gosh! This is the 3rd chocolate bowl recipe I have seen in a week! (Yours looks the best, by far!) THAT’S IT! I’m making these:)

  89. Those are awesome! I am soo making them. I don’t even have to make them cute, I am no good at that. I think you should add a Share button to your posts. Just a thought. I soo want to Share this on my Facebook page. Are you on Facebook?

  90. I’m just about drooling here. Wow!

  91. Oh my – I wish I was your neighbor – these are precious!

  92. Looks so yummy! Must warn your readers though of the danger of heating the chocolate too much. I did this several years ago as a kid, and made about a dozen balloons. Once I set them all on the counter, they exploded rapid-fire, one after the other! My friend and I were left with an incredible mess to clean up, and years later my mom said she still would find bits of chocolate on the ceiling or in the cabinets. I read through the comments and see that I am not the first to make this mistake, but it is a messy one to make! I would recommend cooling the chocolate long enough to where it is still melted, but cool to the touch. Good Luck everyone :) I think I’m scared of trying it again!

  93. How cool! I love seeing what you come up with next! What an inspiration!

  94. What an AMAZING idea and the only dishes you have are spoons! ha.

    That also looks like so much fun to make. Double win!

    Cabin Fever in Vermont

  95. Wow! Love it! And love your niece doing the cooking so well under your watchful eye–and camera! Bakerella, you always take a fun idea and make it even cuter. So glad you had a good time with my new book! I’m looking forward to making cake pops from your book with my daughters, very soon:)

  96. I love these!!! I am going to pre make the bowls and let the kids decorate at my sons birthday party. Absolutely wonderful!!!

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