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Back in the mid-70s, Jello put out a dessert kit that my dad just loved. It was called Spoon Candy. It was pudding treat in candy flavors, like peanut butter cup, that had a chocolate topping that hardened like the outer chocolate of a candy bar. Unfortunately, after about 3 years this delectable dessert was taken off the market for some unknown reason. I guess not everyone liked it as much as my dad did. (Well, the rest of our family liked it, too.)
Fast forward to this decade and an ice cream topping called Magic Shell is sold in grocery stores. It has the magical ability to pour as a liquid out of the bottle and then harden quickly when it gets cold. There are versions of this product put out by Smucker's and by Hershey. As soon as I became acquainted with this stuff I flashed back to Spoon Candy. I thought to myself, "Surely I can remake that magical, retro dessert."
I found the recipe for peanut butter pudding on tasteofhome.com. Then, I wanted to make a vegan version, so I substituted coconut milk and coconut cream for the milk and cream in the recipe. Maddy loved it! It did have a little hint of coconut flavor mixed with the peanut butter flavor, which was not a bad thing at all. When the pudding is slightly cooled and setting, pour Magic Shell on the top and cool the rest of the way. Hershey even has a Reese's Peanut Butter flavor shell which made this dessert even better!
After the peanut butter experiment was a success, it started to be fun to come up with more flavors and add ins that would give the delicious Spoon Candy experience. I thought, this would be a fun family activity! Have some flavors of pudding available and various add ins and see who can come up with the most creative combinations. Here are some of the ideas that we have tried:
I've also thought of :
I prefer cooked puddings. But, if you use instant, like we did for some flavors, don't use soy or almond milk in instant pudding or it won't set. Coconut milk works great!
I must confess that this version is not exactly the way I remember Spoon Candy to be, but it is pretty good. Besides, that was 40 years ago, so my memory is probably fading! This is still a great way to have some fun and deliciousness on a weekend!
Happy Fun Friday!
PS: The Smucker's Magic Shell comes in lots of flavors!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!