While these aren’t necessarily thirst-quenching, these peanutty pops are rich and peanutty and oh-so-good. I remember them from my days growing up in Tempe and Scottsdale, and am grateful my mom made these and other frozen treats for us to make the brutal Arizona summers just a little more tolerable.

Waxing nostalgic, the other day, I made some peanutty pops of my own, having just found fun silicone pop molds online. I changed my mom’s recipe just a little, but I’ll include her recipe at the end of this post.

First, gather your ingredients: milk (I used half-and-half), chocolate milk powder, plain gelatin, water, and peanut butter. I used creamy peanut butter, but crunchy would be yummy too.

Next, heat the water, add the gelatin and stir until it’s dissolved. Add the peanut butter.

Adding the peanut butter to the hot gelatin really helps make it easier to mix together.

Then, mix the milk and chocolate milk mix together and add to the gelatin and peanut butter. Use an immersion blender or mixer to blend everything together until smooth.

Next, pour the mixture into your favorite ice pop mold, or paper cup. I found this nifty set of silicone mold, funnel, and sticks on Amazon.

Find a flat place in the freezer, and let them freeze for at least 5 hours, or until really firm. If you’re using popsicle sticks, wait until they’re partially frozen and then stick the stick in the center of the pop. Then let freeze until super firm.

When they’re ready, you may need to warm the molds with your hands to pull out the pops slowly without separating the stick from pop. Once it’s out, eat and enjoy.

There you have it! From humble ingredients, sometimes really good things come.

Mom’s Peanutty Pops

Childhood favorites. Rich and peanut-buttery pops great for a hot day.
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Kids
Keyword: frozen treats, peanut butter, summer
Servings: 6 pops


  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • ½ c sugar
  • c dry milk powder optional
  • 1 c boiling water
  • 4 tbsp chocolate milk powder
  • 1 c milk (I used half-and-half)
  • 1 c peanut butter


  • In medium bowl, mix unflavored gelatin and sugar;
  • Add boiling water and stir until gelatin is completely dissolved.
  • With wire whip or immersion blender, blend in peanut butter;
  • Stir in prepared chocolate milk.
  • Pour into 5-ounce paper cups and place in freezer until partially frozen.
  • Insert popsicle sticks and freeze until firm.


Makes 6 5oz pops. Variations: stir in small semi-sweet chocolate chips, chopped banana or mini-marshmallows just before inserting stick.

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