Easy Rainbow Popsicles

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These easy Rainbow Popsicles are a refreshing treat that’s sure to be a big hit with both the kids and the adults! Super easy to make with just three ingredients, these popsicles are a colorful and delicious way to cool off on a hot summer day.

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If your family loves frozen treats as much as mine, they’ll go crazy for this bright and colorful rainbow popsicles recipe. Creamy cheesecake flavored pudding is colored and layered in popsicle molds to create a beautiful rainbow effect that makes these treats as pretty as they are delicious.

Just like our fruit popsicles, these are super easy and inexpensive to make. There’s no need to spend money on store-bought treats or make a trip to the ice cream shop when you can make these fun homemade popsicles at home! They’re the perfect easy summer treat for the whole family.

Why We Love This Popsicle Recipe

Great for Summer – These frosty treats are a fun way to cool off on hot days, and they’re prettier and more fun than anything you can buy at the store.

Kid-friendly – The kids will love the the bright rainbow layers and these fun popsicles are the perfect summer snack. Hand them out after a sports game, by the pool, or anytime at all!

Budget Friendly – Milk, pudding mix, and food coloring are the only ingredients in this easy treat. It’s a great inexpensive dessert or snack that you can keep on hand all summer long.

Ingredients

Rainbow Popsicles Ingredients Labeled
  • Cheesecake pudding mix
  • Milk
  • Gel food coloring in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple

How to Make Rainbow Popsicles

Step 1: Combine milk and pudding mix in a large bowl. Whisk for about 2 minutes.

Cheesecake pudding in glass bowl

Step 2: Divide the pudding evenly between 6 small mixing bowls.

Cheesecake pudding divided among six bowls

Step 3: Add 2 drops of a different color of the gel food coloring to each of the bowls. Stir well to color all the pudding mix evenly.

Pudding colored orange

Step 4: Pour each color of pudding into a separate frosting piping bag. (This is the easiest way to keep the colors from mixing in the mold.))

Pudding in piping bag

Step 5: Snip off the tips of the piping bags and divide the pudding between the 8 molds, starting with a red layer, then adding orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Each popsicle will need about 4-5 teaspoons of each color. You may have a little extra of each color left over.

Popsicle mold filled with pudding

Step 6: Once you’ve added all of the layers, insert popsicle sticks in the center. Finally, place the mold in the freezer and freeze the popsicles overnight or until ready to serve.

Rainbow popsicle on white background

Tips For Making This Recipe

  • If you have trouble getting the popsicles out of the mold, run the mold under hot water for just a few seconds (but be careful not to get the actual popsicles wet).
  • If you don’t want to do all six colors, feel free to take a short cut and just make a few larger layers. Try out different colors and choose your favorite color combination.
  • Add some mix-ins to your pudding to give your popsicles a fun surprise inside. You can add sprinkles, cookie pieces, or chocolate chips.
  • You can also add chunks of fresh fruit and make homemade rainbow fruit popsicles. Strawberry, blueberry, pineapple, raspberry, kiwi and mango work great for this. You could even try watermelon or banana. While we love fresh, frozen fruit will work too. Add them whole or pop them in a blender, then add each layer the popsicle mold one at a time.
  • For perfectly straight lines, add the first layer to the popsicle mold, making sure not to get any on the sides of the mold. Freeze for an hour, then add the next layer. Continue to fill, then freeze, until every single layer is done.
Rainbow popsicles on white plate
How Do I Store Rainbow Popsicles?

If you’re going to eat them within a day or two, you can keep the popsicles in the molds. If you’re planning to store them for longer, I’d recommend removing the popsicles and wrapping them individually in plastic wrap or wax paper, then storing them in an airtight freezer bag.

What if I Don’t Have a Popsicle Mold?

In a pinch, you can use muffin tins or Dixie cups. However, since they’re they’re a little more shallow than regular popsicle molds, you may not be able to fit as many layers.

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Rainbow Popsicle Recipe


Course Desserts & Sweets, Snacks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Chilling time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 20 minutes
These Rainbow Popsicles, with bright, colorful layers and a delicious cheesecake flavor, make the perfect easy dessert for hot summer days!

Equipment

Ingredients
 

Instructions

  • Whisk together the pudding mix and milk in a large bowl for about 2 minutes.
    2 boxes cheesecake pudding mix, 4 cups milk
  • Divide the pudding evenly between 6 small mixing bowls.
  • Add 2 drops of a different color of the gel food coloring to each of the bowls and stir to color the pudding mix.
    Gel food coloring: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple
  • Pour each color of pudding into a separate frosting piping bag. (This is the easiest way to get the colors in the molds without blurring them too much.)
  • Snip off the tips of the piping bags and divide the pudding between the 8 molds, starting with a red layer, then adding orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Each popsicle will need about 4-5 teaspoons of each color. You may have a little extra of each color left over.
  • Once you’ve added all of the layers, insert popsicle sticks and freeze the popsicles overnight.

Notes

If you don’t have a piping bag, you can put the pudding mixture in plastic sandwich bags and snip off the corners.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 380mg | Potassium: 183mg | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 198IU | Calcium: 150mg
The nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used.

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