I don’t know about you but in my house it’s all about Minecraft. When the kids are not playing the game, they are talking about it non-stop. Their world revolves around Minecraft this summer. If you ask them anything at all their answer will invariably come back to Minecraft in some creative way.
I want to say this was an easy recipe overall, but honestly it was a bit of a challenge for me personally. The pudding pops in square molds were a cinch and if your kids are happy with that (as they should be because square popsicles are totally cool in Minecraft) then I say stop there. But if you are an overachiever like I am–and you want an extra challenge–here is a way you can add chocolate faces to your pudding pops so they look even more like Minecraft creatures.
Supplies you will need to make the “large” Minecraft popsicles:
- 2-inch silicon ice cube tray
- chocolate pudding
- lemon or vanilla pudding (add green food coloring to make “creeper” green) OR use pistachio pudding
- popsicle sticks
- cooking spray
- candy melts in dark chocolate and lavender (white optional)
- microwave-safe bowl or double boiler
- icing bag and tips or ziplock bag
- Nutella, hazelnut spread, or some other sticky spread (peanut butter, honey, caramel sauce etc…) (optional)
Supplies you will need to make the “mini” Minecraft block popsicles:
- 1-inch silicon tray
- chocolate pudding for “dirt”
- lemon or vanilla pudding with green food-coloring (or pistachio pudding) for grass
- cooking spray
- green sprinkles (optional)
Directions for Making Minecraft Pudding Popsicles:
First make your pudding for both the larger–and mini-sized pudding pops. Follow the pudding box directions or use your favorite recipe. I used lemon pudding with several drops of green food-coloring added to create my creepers (but you could also use pistachio if your kids like pistachio pudding) and chocolate pudding for the endermen. BTW– “creepers” and “endermen” are both the larger pops.
For the faces I used candy melts in dark chocolate for the creepers and lavender and white for the endermen. I used large two-inch square silicon ice cube molds for the shapes. You can find them here and here. I also used these one-inch square molds for the mini blocks. More on that later.
Before you pour your pudding into your molds, spray them lightly with cooking spray to ensure the popsicles are easy to remove or pop out from the molds. Pour in your pudding and tap the now filled molds on a hard surface to get rid of any air pockets or bubbles. Once the molds are filled, scrape any extra pudding off the top to make sure they are level. Then, insert popsicle sticks into the center of each mold.
If you are making mini-pops do the same. These smaller molds are perfect using up any extra pudding left over from the larger pops, just make sure to consult with your local Minecraft expert on the order of pudding colors. I sequenced mine wrong with the larger portion of the pudding being green and a smaller portion being brown. I was informed by my kids that what I made was the exact opposite of a “grass block.” I should have filled my mold with a thin layer of green on the bottom (which will be the top when de-molded) and thick layer of chocolate pudding on top of that (which will be the bottom when de-molded). But whatever, they tasted great.
Once the smaller molds are filled correctly, insert a toothpick into the center of each mold and freeze following the same directions as the larger Minecraft pops.
Directions for Decorating Minecraft Pudding Popsicles:
Once your pops are good and solid, you are ready to make your chocolate Minecraft “faces.” Put your pops in the freezer while you prepare for the next steps. You can freehand your faces if you like or you can use my handy printable here as a guide. Download and print out the printable guide and lay a sheet of wax paper on top of it.
Now melt your chocolate melts by pouring a small handful of chips into a microwave-safe bowl and heating it on “high” in the microwave in 30-second increments. Once the chips start to melt, stir them with a spoon before putting them back into the microwave. Do this a few times until you have a soft gooey consistency that will easily squeeze from a icing tip or ziploc baggy. If you accidentally over-cook your candy melts you can “bring them back” with a bit of cooking oil.
Ice or decorate your faces by following the template or squares of the printable we provide above. I used a thin narrow icing tip for some of them and a regular ziplock bag for others. They both did a reasonable job. Preciseness of your candy faces will depend on your mad-icing skills of which I’m lacking a bit. I “fixed up” my faces with a toothpick and a very clean paintbrush.
Assembling the Minecraft Pudding Popsicles:
Pop the “candy faces” into the freezer until they harden (probably 15 minutes). Remove the candy faces and pudding pops from the freezer. Remove your pudding pops from their molds and lay on a plate. Add ice if you are worried about them melting before you finish. Carefully pick up the candy faces off the wax paper and apply to your pops. If the chocolate doesn’t stick (sometimes it doesn’t) you can use a tiny dab of Nutella or whatever sticky syrup you choose as a food “glue” or adhesive.
Let them sit there for a bit to solidify and then serve!
Sit back and enjoy the peace and quiet of no Minecraft chatter while your kids devour their delicious Minecraft pops. (Who am I kidding? Chatter on about how cool your Minecraft popsicles are and what a cool mod it would be if they really existed in the game!!)
The mini grass blocks are even easier. Just pop them out and serve. If you’re feeling extra creative you could dip them in Nutella and then green sprinkles to create an even more grass-like block. Personally, I loved these mini Minecraft blocks the best. They are just the right amount of freeze-cold pudding for a hot afternoon snack!