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Out of this World Treats

May 23, 2013

Growing up in Northwest Indiana, our summers were hot and humid. Life was a bit slower then, 40 years ago, but we enjoyed the weather—even though it was hot. Some of my fondest memories are gathering with family and friends to share potluck desserts. The food was plentiful and the company was always great!

Our lives now are quite a bit busier with children, their activities and work, but it's never too busy for a fun dessert like these Neapolitan Cake Push Pops.

Neapolitan, a combination of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry, is one my favorites. When baked in a cake and paired with JELL-O Instant Pudding and COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, these treats are out of this world!

When I spotted the JET-PUFFED MALLOW Bites Ice Cream Cone Marshmallows with chocolate, vanilla and strawberry, I thought they would be perfect for a fun, cool dessert or they even make great potluck desserts!

I also decided to cut down on time in kitchen, and bake the cupcakes instead of a cake.

To assemble the Cake Push Pops, first you will need to bake your cupcakes or cake. I used one chocolate cake mix and one vanilla cake mix. After baking the chocolate cupcakes, mix the vanilla cake mix according to the directions on the box and divide in half, flavor one half of the batter with a small box of JELL-O Strawberry Flavor Gelatin.

If you are making a lot of these treats, you can certainly use a strawberry cake mix, but by using the vanilla divided, it also cuts down on time and cost.

While the cupcakes are baking, mix the pudding according to the directions on the box and place in the refrigerator to set. After the cupcakes have cooled and the pudding is set, it's time to assemble the push pops. You can find the push pop containers most craft stores, but if you can't find them, a small clear jar or glass works fine too.

Now, mix the pudding and the COOL WHIP until smooth and spoon into a bag, you can use either a decorator bag or re-sealable bag.

And then the fun part, start layering: first cut the chocolate cupcakes into squares and add a couple pieces to the push pop container, pipe in a small amount of the pudding mixture. Continue layering with the vanilla and then strawberry cake, adding pudding in between the layers.

Top with COOL WHIP, and then add a few chocolate and pink sprinkles.  Add a JET-PUFFED MALLOW Bites Ice Cream Cone Marshmallows.

Neapolitan Cake Push Pops Recipe

Ingredients
1 chocolate cake mix plus ingredients according to package
1 vanilla cake mix plus ingredients according to package
1 3.4 oz. box of JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
1 3 oz. box of JELL-O Strawberry Flavor Gelatin
1 8 oz. tub of COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed
Chocolate and Pink Sprinkles, optional
JET-PUFFED Ice Cream Cone Mallows, optional
Push Pop Containers or clear glass jar

Instructions
Bake chocolate cupcakes according to directions on box and let cool. Mix vanilla cake mix and divide in half. Add JELL-O Strawberry Flavor Gelatin to half of the vanilla batter. Bake vanilla and strawberry cupcakes, let cool.

Meanwhile, combine vanilla pudding and milk and place in refrigerator to set. After the cupcakes are completely cool, remove pudding from refrigerator and fold in about 3/4 of the tub of COOL WHIP until smooth. Place in re-sealable bag or decorator bag.

To assemble the push pops, cut cupcakes into small squares and layer beginning with chocolate, adding a layer of the pudding mixture and repeating with the vanilla and strawberry cake, adding pudding between each layer. Top with remaining COOL WHIP, sprinkles and JET-PUFFED Ice Cream Cone Mallows.

Notes:
Recipe makes about 18-20 push pop containers
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes for each cupcake
You can also use glass jars if you don't have push pops containers
Assemble the day you are serving
Store in refrigerator until time to serve

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