This 1968 frozen pudding dessert is still a hit today

Jello Frozen Pudding Dessert from 1968

Frozen Pudding Dessert is an easy-to-make, five-ingredient treat that can be modified to include your favorite flavors.

Flipping through my favorite vintage cookbooks, one in particular caught my eye: the Jell-O Pudding Idea Book published in 1968. Small cookbooks like this were popular in the 1950s and 60s as home cooks sought ways to prepare creative meals and desserts from ready-to-eat foods like Jell-O gelatin and instant pudding. the idea book is full of recipes that turn Jell-O pudding mixes into everything from cookies to pies, and in the “Frozen Fancies” section, a recipe for a frozen pudding dessert I was dying to try.

Layered Pudding Freeze is a creamy, frozen, no-bake dessert that’s easy to make using just a few ingredients like instant pudding, Cool Whip, and fruit. Since it takes time in the freezer before serving, the recipe is a great make-ahead dessert.

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How to Make Layered Pudding Gel from 1968

This dessert makes about 8 servings. Plan ahead for the dessert to firm up in the freezer for eight hours or overnight.


Nancy Mock for the taste of home

  • 1 box (3.4 ounces) Jell-O Vanilla Instant Pudding
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 8 oz container Cool Whip, thawed
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 3-4 cups frozen mixed berries (or other frozen fruit)
  • Optional garnish: whipped cream

Tools you will need


Step 1: Make the pudding

Jello Frozen Pudding Dessert from 1968, step one: make the puddingNancy Mock for the taste of home

Pour instant pudding mix and cold milk into a large bowl. Whisk the ingredients together for 2 minutes.

Step 2: Add Cool Whip

1968 Frozen Jello Pudding Dessert Step 2: Add Cool WhipNancy Mock for the taste of home

Fold the Cool Whip into the pudding until the two are completely combined. Cover the bowl and chill the mixture in the freezer for an hour.

Step 3: Prepare the mold and the bananas

Gently line bottom and sides of loaf pan with plastic wrap. The smoother it is, the less creases there will be in the dessert after freezing.

Peel the bananas, then mash them in a small bowl. (Here are our tips for making bananas last longer.)

Step 4: Layer pudding and freeze

1968 Jello Frozen Pudding Dessert Step 4: Layer Pudding and FreezeNancy Mock for the taste of home

Spoon half of the pudding mixture in an even layer into the lined loaf pan. Mix the mashed bananas into the rest of the pudding mixture in the bowl, then pour it into the loaf pan on the first layer. Smooth the top.

1968 Jello Frozen Pudding Dessert Step 4: Layer Pudding and FreezeNancy Mock for the taste of home

Cover the loaf pan with plastic wrap, pressing it against the surface of the pudding. Put the mold in the freezer for at least 8 hours or overnight, until it is firm.

Step 5: Unmold and serve the dessert

1968 Jello Frozen Pudding Dessert Step 5: Unmold DessertNancy Mock for the taste of home

Take the frozen mixed berries out of the freezer and pour them into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave fruit in 20 second increments, stirring each time, until thawed and juicy.

Take the cake tin out of the freezer and let it rest for 15 minutes. Peel off the top plastic, then unmold the entremets onto a serving platter. Arrange the fruit decoratively on top of the frozen dessert. Use a sharp knife to slice and serve dessert with fruit and whipped cream if using. Store leftover frozen pudding tightly wrapped in the freezer for up to two weeks.

Tips for making this frozen pudding dessert

slice of 1968 Jello Frozen Pudding Dessert with berries on a black plateNancy Mock for the taste of home

I made this dessert pretty close to the original 1968 version with just a few tweaks. Jell-O Instant Pudding comes together in just two minutes and saves time over “cook and serve” pudding mixes. I also used Cool Whip instead of the Dream Whip called for in the original recipe. Although shelf stable canned whipped cream mix is ​​still available in stores today, I found Dream Whip to taste very artificial and not as creamy as Cool Whip.

The beauty of this simple frozen pudding is that you can change it up with different flavors. Other frozen fruits can be mixed into the pudding layers: strawberries or cherries with mashed bananas would be delicious, or choose a frozen tropical mix for topping with fruits like strawberries, mango, papaya and coconut. Chocolate or white chocolate pudding would be an intriguing twist on this Layered Pudding Freeze!

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