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Homemade Chocolate Fudge Pop Recipe

It seems like a common shared memory is eating fudge pops at Grandma’s house every summer. I’ve got the perfect homemade fudge pop recipe to bring back memories of your childhood and provide treats to the kids of all ages in your life all summer and winter long.

Fudgsicles are surprisingly easy to make. You probably already have everything you need for fudge popsicles in your kitchen! It will take you fifteen to twenty minutes to get them in the freezer, and in about eight hours you can make someone smile.

Four frozen and frosty fudge pops on a tray.

Why You’ll Love These Fudge Popsicles

Fun activity for the kiddos. Get your kids or grandkids involved in the making of homemade fudge pops! The recipe is simple, and kids can mix, stir and sift with a little help or supervision.

Forget the Ice Cream Truck – Frozen chocolate fudge pops make the perfect summer day treat for a fraction of what you’d buy.

Simple ingredients. This fudge pop recipe includes straightforward ingredients from your pantry with no preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, or artificial ingredients.

Tailor sugar intake. Regulate the sugar in the recipe to your family’s needs and taste, or make it completely sugar-free.

Vegan and Gluten-Free Variations. Use non-dairy milk and this recipe will be vegan. Read the labels to avoid gluten contamination and this recipe is gluten-free.

Equipment Needed to Make Fudgesicle Fudge Pops

  • Popsicle Mold. While this isn’t strictly necessary if you have very small plastic containers or waxed paper cups to use instead, it’s so nice to have the molds. Especially if you plan to make a lot of fudgesicles!
  • Mixing Bowls. You will need at least one mixing bowl.
  • Rubber Spatula. Scrape the sides of the bowl to get every last drop of chocolate into your molds.
  • Whisk. A good whisk is worth its weight in gold! You will use this kitchen tool so much.
  • Medium-sized Saucepan. You’ll heat the mixture to thicken it.
  • Sifter. If you have a sifter, sifting the cocoa powder will make it easier to whisk out the lumps.
ingredients: cornstarch, sugar, milk, cocoa powder, salt.and vanilla. Shown with popsicle mold.

Ingredients for the Fudge Pop Recipe

  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder. You can use any cocoa powder you have, but gourmet cocoa powders can be fun to play with.
  • Sugar. Adjust the level of sweetness for your family’s needs.
  • Cornstarch. The cornstarch is what makes the pops creamy instead of icy and is also the thickener once heated.
  • Salt. You might think you don’t need it, but it bumps up the chocolate flavor nicely.
  • Milk. Whole milk gives the creamiest result, but you can use any milk or milk substitute you like.
  • Vanilla Extract.

Please note, that the recipe card has more complete instructions. This is intended as an overview.

Chocolate fudge pop recipe in a popsicle mold.

How to Make Fudge Pops

Step One. Mix the dry ingredients until they are lump free.

Step Two. Add half the milk and mix well.

Step Three. Add the other half of the milk and mix thoroughly.

Step Four. Heat the mixture over medium heat, stirring occasionally.

Step Five. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla. Allow the mixture to cool. The mixture will thicken as it cools.

Step Six. Pour into popsicle molds or very small non-stick containers.

Step Seven. Freeze for at least eight hours in the molds.

Pin these delicious Creamy Chocolate Fudgesicles!

Top down view of chocolate fudge pops surrounded by Chocolate Chips.

Substitutions and Additions

You can add crushed sandwich cookies, crushed candy bars, or chocolate nonpareils (sprinkles) for fun variations. One or two teaspoons will be enough, and most of what you add will settle at the bottom of the mold which will be the tip of the fudgesicle.

Add 1/4 cup of crushed peppermint candy.

For a caffeinated grown-up version, replace one quarter or 1/2 cup of the milk with brewed coffee.

Best Way To Store Fudgesicle Fudge Pops

It’s best to remove the frozen pops from the mold once frozen. I put them in a resealable freezer-safe bag. I remove them from the molds and then freeze them solid on a baking sheet. Once frozen solid, you can put multiple pops in one bag by putting a piece of plastic wrap or waxed paper in between them.

How Long Does it take to Freeze Fudge Pops?

Up to 8 hours in the freezer.

How Long are Fudge Popsicles good in the freezer?

Up to 8 months in the freezer in molds or an airtight container.

Top down view of 4 frozen fudgesicles surrounded by chocolate chips

Homemade Fudge Pops Recipe FAQ

Are fudge pops Vegan?

Yes, they can be made Vegan! You can use non-dairy milk in this recipe.

Are fudge pops gluten-free?

Yes, they can easily be made gluten-free. Pure, dark chocolate cocoa powder is gluten-free as well as corn starch. As always, check your labels.

Is a Fudge Pop a Fudgesicle?

Yes, regardless of what you call them, Fudge Pop, Fudgesicle, Fudge Popsicle, chocolate popsicle, they’re basically the same thing.

Are Fudge Pops healthy?

Fudge pops are not a health food but are a better option than some ice cream treats. Fudge pops can be made sugar-free.

How many frozen fudge pops does this recipe make?

This recipe makes 8 fudge pops in the recommended ice pop mold. It will make more or less depending on the mold that you use.

Tips to Make the Perfect Fudge Pops

Dairy or non-dairy milk will work for this.

Not adding the milk all at once while whisking helps you keep the lumps out.

For a less sweet pop cut the sugar down to 1/2 a cup or make it sugar-free. We use Truvia 1:1.

Sift the cocoa for an ultra-smooth fudgesicle.

Other Frozen Desserts You Will Love

A frozen chocolate popsicle with a bite taken out of it.

Don’t Forget To Come Back And Let Me Know How Your Frozen Fudge Pops Turned Out!

Top down view of frozen chocolate popsicles surrounded by chocolate chips

Homemade Chocolate Fudge Pop Recipe

Author: Julie Menghini
I've got the perfect homemade fudge pop recipe to bring back memories of childhood and provide treats to the children in your life all year.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Chill time 8 hrs
Servings: 8

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1/2 cup unsweetenend cocoa powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tbl cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk the cocoa powder, sugar, cornstarch, and salt together until the dry ingredients are clump-free.
  • Whisk half of the milk into the dry ingredients. Whisk until smooth. Whisk in the remaining milk.
  • Heat the mixture over medium heat until thickened. Stir with a spatula paying careful attention to the sides and bottom so the mixture does not burn. Once it looks like a chocolate sauce (this will happen quickly). Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. 
  • Allow mixture to cool for 5-7 minutes. The mixture will thicken it as it cools. 
    Pour the mixture into poplicle molds and add popsicle sticks. Freeze for 8 hours.
  • Remove the Fudge Pop from the mold and serve.

Notes

Servings vary according to the size of the container you use.
*Sifting the cocoa powder first makes removing the clumps from the dry ingredients much easier.

Nutrition

Calories: 154kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 3gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 97mgPotassium: 175mgFiber: 2gSugar: 28gVitamin A: 99IUCalcium: 82mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

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Recipe Rating




Sandra Shaffer

Tuesday 26th of April 2022

So easy to make at home and you're right, all items I already have. I don't have popsicle molds, so I used little dixie cups. Came out perfect!

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 27th of April 2022

It's a keeper! Thanks, Sandra!

Mindy

Tuesday 26th of April 2022

SO GOOD! I know I'll be making this all summer long!

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 27th of April 2022

We love this homemade treat too! Thank you!

Kathleen

Monday 25th of April 2022

I was craving good, old-fashioned fudge pops this weekend and found your recipe! They turned out so delish! Great tips too and you are right, the salt bumps that chocolate flavor up! Never buying them again!

Julie Menghini

Monday 25th of April 2022

Thank you, Kathleen! They're so easy to have on hand and fun for the kiddos too.

Susannah

Monday 25th of April 2022

I am so glad I tried this recipe! These fudge pops were sooo good.

Julie Menghini

Monday 25th of April 2022

Good and easy! Thank you, Susannah!

Debi

Sunday 24th of April 2022

These were so refreshing in this heat we've been having. Easy to make too.

Julie Menghini

Monday 25th of April 2022

I love fudge pops any time of year but particularly during the heat. Thank you!