By: Leah Golden, MS, RD

It’s October and that means PUMPKIN time! The excitement about the Fall can certainly make people go overboard with pumpkin; breads, pies, and pumpkin spice lattes to name a few.  While you shuffle through the plethora of pumpkin recipe options, I encourage you to try these Halloween Popsicles. They’re creamy, have just the right amount of sweetness and themed well for Halloween. It doesn’t get any better!

This recent weather has me questioning whether we’ll have sunshine or fog for Halloween, so why not make popsicles and hope for the best! Wouldn’t it be great to have a warm evening for Halloween. I know these will be a hit for adults and kids this season, so give them a go!

I make these popsicles with a jack-o-lantern mold with six different expressive faces. If you can’t find this particular one (from Sur la Table), any silicon themed mold will be great.

I make these popsicles two ways.  The more extravagant option is to temper chocolate and pour this in the mold to become the face of the pumpkin. Tempered chocolate is shiny and smooth and looks great for desserts and candies. After it cools you pour the ice cream mixture over it.  If you want super simple, you can eliminate the chocolate and make them plain. They’re just as delicious. I top both variations with crushed cinnamon graham crackers, which will end up being the bottom.

These are fun as popsicles, but if you don’t have popsicle sticks that work well, you can also eat them as more of a cake. Either way, the combination of pure pumpkin, vanilla ice cream, Greek yogurt and spices have a lovely flavor. It’s not too pumpkin-y, so if you’re not a die-hard pumpkin fan, you may like this alternative.

Happy Halloween and remember to embrace your youth, dress in costume, make themed Halloween treats and have some fun! Have a great holiday!


Creamy Vanilla Pumpkin Jack-O-Lantern Popsicles

It’s Fall season and pumpkin recipes are in full swing. If you’re looking for a unique pumpkin recipe among the plethora of options, this will be a hit!  A sweet treat with some healthy nutrition from pure pumpkin and Greek yogurt. A fun recipe for kids and adults alike, so enjoy making these for family, friends and kids! Happy Halloween!

Prep time: 30 minutes

Refrigerator/Freezer time: 4 hours or until set

Total time: 4 hours 30 minutes

Author: Leah Golden, MS, RD

Recipe type: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Serves: 6 jack-o-lanterns popsicles   


    • Jack-O-Lantern cake molds or another Halloween themed cupcake mold
    • Short and wide popsicle sticks (~ 5 inches long)
    • Orange and black sparkle or plain icing (optional)


    • 5 oz dark chocolate, chopped (set aside 1/3 while tempering chocolate) (optional)
    • 1 ¼ C French vanilla ice cream
    • 7.5 oz (1/2 can) pureed pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
    • 1/3 cup 2% or full fat Greek yogurt
    • ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
    • ½ tsp vanilla extract
    • 4-5 cinnamon graham crackers, crushed (I used the old-fashioned cinnamon graham crackers from Trader Joe’s)


If you’d like chocolate as the jack-o-lantern face, start recipe at #1. If not, start recipe at #2.

    1. In a double boiler, temper dark chocolate. To temper chocolate, refer here. Once tempered, pour into pumpkin cupcake molds. Let sit to harden or put in refrigerator to harden more quickly. Set aside.  
    2. Put graham crackers in bag and crush. Set aside.
    3. Pull out vanilla ice cream from freezer and let soften (not liquid).
    4. In a medium bowl, combine softened ice cream, Greek yogurt, pumpkin, vanilla extract and pumpkin pie spice. Use hand mixer or spatula and mix until creamy. Don’t let mixture melt to liquid.
    5. Pour ice cream blend over chocolate or solo in pumpkin cups. Fill almost to the top, leaving a small amount of room to add graham crackers.
    6. Cover ice cream mixture with crushed graham crackers.
    7. Put into freezer to harden. In 30-60 minutes put stick about ¾ the way through the ice cream mixture, being careful not to push all the way through. Put back in freezer for minimum 4 hours + or until set. If you’d like to make these into frozen cakes instead, eliminate the popsicle stick.
    8. After they’ve set. Pull out about 15 minutes before serving. Decorate pumpkin faces with frosting if you’d like. Enjoy!

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