Canadian Flag Pudding Pops

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 pops

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Creamy vanilla pudding pops, with a strawberry center made to look like the Canadian flag (or as close as I could get anyways!). The perfect Canada Day treat! 

hand holding up canadian flag pudding pop with strawberry as the center maple leaf

So this was actually my first time making pudding pops, but I wanted to save them until a little closer to The Big Day.

You guys – I hope you are just as excited as I am! It is actually kind of cool to have this here blog to document all of my food firsts.

My first successful doughnuts.

My first one-layer cake.

My first Nutella dessert.

There are some pretty exciting things going on. Like Canadian Flag Pudding Pops.

pudding pops with red white red pattern and strawberry slice in the middle for maple leaf

Because as much as I love my American readers, there ain’t no way I was making you an American flag. Because all the stars and stripes and trying to form those in a popsicle mold?!

But if you try it, be sure to let me know. And don’t worry, I’ve got some Fourth of July goodies coming up for you soon.

So I had this totally GENIUS idea, to make red and white layered popsicles with a strawberry as my “maple leaf” (or close enough), and I actually thought I was being completely original.

Let’s just pretend that no one googles or Pinterest searches “Canadian flag popsicles” and we assume I am the original creator of the Canadian Flag pop, okay?

I even tried to cut my strawberries into kind of a maple leaf shape, see? But I wasn’t that successful.

canadian flag pudding pops with maple leaf cut out of strawberry slice

I was surprised that in my reader survey, more people wanted to see scratch recipes than shortcut recipes. Not in a bad way, just in an “I didn’t see that coming” kind of way. So I found a recipe for homemade pudding pops from a pretty reliable source I won’t identify…. And they were kind of a big flop. I didn’t really enjoy them.

I’m not sure if the pudding wasn’t thick enough, or sweet enough, or what… but I wasn’t digging it. I decided to try the usual pudding mix + milk + Cool Whip, just to have something to compare it to so I knew what I was reaching for, and they were SO good!

I kind of didn’t want to believe it. But they stayed so much creamier (likely partly due to the Cool Whip), and they tasted better, and just, everything was better.

So that’s the recipe I’m sharing with you today, because they’re delicious. And you can mix things up easily to suit your tastes! In the meantime, I’ll be experimenting some more with a comparable homemade version.

I tried making the red two ways: with food coloring and with pureed fresh strawberries. I found the strawberries made the popsicle icier (because of the water content in the fruit) and a little less creamy. You could do it either way, but I’m going to use food coloring in the recipe because that’s the version I preferred. You could also likely substitute homemade whipped cream for the whipped topping if you prefer!

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Canadian Flag Pudding Pops

5 from 1 vote
These Canadian Flag Pudding Pops are a fun summer treat for Canada Day!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Servings 8 pops
Calories 93cal


  • 1 box instant vanilla pudding 4 serving size
  • 1 3/4 cup milk I used 1%
  • 1 cup frozen whipped topping thawed
  • 4 strawberries halved
  • Red food coloring as desired


  • In a medium bowl, combine pudding mix and milk with a whisk until smooth. Slowly stir in whipped topping.
  • Divide in half and color one half red using food coloring as desired (I recommend gel food coloring as it is more concentrated and is less likely to turn pink).
  • Spoon 1-2 tbsp of red pudding mixture into the bottom of 6-7 popsicle molds. Freezer for 1 hour or until firm.
  • With your finger, wet one side of a small, sliced strawberry with a bit of water. Lay it, wet side down, onto the side of the popsicle mold where you want it to freeze and stay in place (see the image below). Freeze for 1-2 hours or until the strawberry is frozen in place.
  • Top with white pudding mixture, enough to cover your strawberry. Freeze 1 hour, then top with 1-2 tbsp red pudding mixture and freeze 2-3 hours until firm.
  • To unmold, run under luke warm tap water for 1-2 minutes.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 93cal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 105mg | Potassium: 89mg | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 105IU | Vitamin C: 3.5mg | Calcium: 70mg

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My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. Natalie @ Tastes Lovely says

    Oh my gosh! This is so dang cute Ashley! I think they turned out great! I can totally see the Canadian flag. So festive of you : )

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