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Homemade Fudge Pops

One of my goals for this summer, along with jumping on the canning bandwagon, was to start making homemade popsicles and other assorted frozen treats. I love homemade ice cream, but sometimes there is nothing better on a sweltering, 90-degree summer day than an ice-cold popsicle. Any time I get to enjoy a popsicle as an adult, it reminds me of summer days spent playing with my sister and our cousins at my grandma’s house. The neighborhood ice cream truck was a fixture there, and when we heard those bells, we were like Pavlov’s dogs. We ran for money and then ran to the truck. The decision about which frozen treat to feast on was newly agonizing each time the truck showed up. The red, white, and blue rocket? The creamsicle? The ice cream sandwich? A fudgsicle? The Drumstick? It’s a good thing the ice cream truck showed up frequently – it gave us ample opportunity to sample a variety of treats. I still get excited when I hear the jingle of an ice cream truck during the summer, but this year I’m looking forward to creating my own homemade versions – delicious, and I’ll know every single ingredient that’s in them!

When my Chief Culinary Consultant and I got down to Florida a couple of weeks ago, we quickly found out that his dad had been enjoying fudge pops. There was a constant stream of the health-food variety in the freezer. I had packed up a stack of cookbooks that I’d been meaning to read, figuring that I could go through them leisurely while we were relaxing. I got to On a Stick! (which is awesome – I think I bookmarked at least 60% of the book!) and discovered a recipe for homemade fudge pops. Score! Perfect timing. I set out to get the popsicle molds I had been meaning to buy for the summer and whipped these bad boys up.

They couldn’t have been easier to make and tasted incredible. While I’ve found most store-bought versions to taste like little more than chocolate-flavored ice milk, these are the polar opposite. They are rich, decadent, and bursting with chocolate flavor. You actually feel like you’re eating frozen fudge. That is the purpose of a fudge pop, right?! The recipe calls for semisweet chocolate, but you could definitely use milk or dark, based on your personal tastes.

Since the diet fudge pops in the freezer boasted that they were only 100 calories, I was curious about the homemade ones and calculated how many calories they contained. I was pleasantly surprised to find that they came in at 157 calories. Yes, that’s a bit more, but it’s not outrageous and totally worth it to me to eat something without any fake ingredients. Whole, natural ingredients always trump chemicals for me. These are definitely going to be a summer staple in my freezer!

What was your favorite ice cream truck treat?

Homemade Fudge Pops

Yield: 8 fudge pops

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

¼ cup semisweet chocolate chips
2/3 cups granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons natural unsweetened cocoa powder
2½ cups whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
8 wooden popsicle sticks

Directions:

1. Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave on 50% power in 30-second increments, stirring after each, until melted and smooth.

2. Combine the melted chocolate, sugar, cornstarch, cocoa powder, and milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat and cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture thickens, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat, add the vanilla and butter, and stir until well combined.

3. Let the mixture cool slightly (it should still be warm but not hot to the touch), and then pour into 8 popsicle molds. Freeze for 30 minutes, and then insert sticks. Freeze completely before serving.

Note: I used the Progressive International Freezer Pop Maker.

(Recipe adapted from On a Stick! by Matt Armendariz)

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91 Responses to “Homemade Fudge Pops”

  1. Mary @ Bake Break on March 27, 2012 at 12:13 am

    You’re ready for summer! These definitely sound good – I’ve found the store bought ones to be a bit lacking as well… they’re too watery! I’m excited to give these a try!

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  2. ala-kat on March 27, 2012 at 12:17 am

    You just brought a small window of my youth into full technicolor view. Wow. Thanks for the memories :) I tried once to use my ‘toy’ money (cuz my mom would not give it up that day) and sadly that didn’t work. Drumsticks were my hands down favorite, and still are to this day.

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  3. Averie @ Averie Cooks on March 27, 2012 at 12:23 am

    I love Matt & On a Stick!

    And I jumped on the canning bandwagon a few months ago but need to jump on the popsicle making bandwagon, pronto.

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  4. Kathryn on March 27, 2012 at 5:15 am

    This is my plan for the summer too! I normally just make popsicles by freezing fruit juice but I’m excited to experiment more and this looks like a great start!

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    • Full-Flavored Life on March 27th, 2012 at 4:35 pm

      Same here! I love fruit juice popsicles, can’t wait for summer!!

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  5. Blog is the New Black on March 27, 2012 at 5:21 am

    Starred this one!

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  6. Villy @ For the love of Feeding on March 27, 2012 at 5:49 am

    Wow! What an exciting idea! Now I just need to shop for molds! :D

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  7. Kiri W. on March 27, 2012 at 6:04 am

    Oooh, looks delicious! :) I should try these.
    I was always one for cookie sandwiches!

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  8. Tracy @ Pale Yellow on March 27, 2012 at 6:19 am

    The fudge pops look fantastic! Thanks for including the calorie information. I tend keep the 100-cal ones in the freezer for a quick chocolate fix. It is very refreshing to know you can make something homemade, with real ingredients, and is reasonable to snack on! I can’t wait to try the recipe!

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  9. Priyanka on March 27, 2012 at 6:26 am

    Oh wow that looks yummy. I want one plz :)

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  10. Lori on March 27, 2012 at 7:10 am

    Wow…these look incredible. I have a box of those chemical ones in my freezer right now. Michelle, if you keep this up…I’ll never get out of the kitchen lol.

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  11. CookingScraps on March 27, 2012 at 7:17 am

    While the chocolate fudge pop always took my heart, I have a spot for the orange creamcicle as well! Hope to see a recipe for one of those guys, soon!

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  12. Katrina on March 27, 2012 at 7:28 am

    Love how easy these are! Such a great treat for summer!

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  13. Erin @ Brownie Bites on March 27, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Chocolate-flavored ice milk indeed – I love when a fudge pop actually tastes like rich freezing cold fudge. Yum!!

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  14. Charlie on March 27, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Hi Michelle:
    These look like the ones we had when I was young.
    Before “Ice Milk” popped it’s head out.

    Perfect!

    Charlie

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  15. Ellen @ The Baking Bluenoser on March 27, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Fudgesicles were always my favorite frozen dessert. I’ve never seen a recipe like this before but I’d really love to try it! Thanks!

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  16. Katy on March 27, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Totally the Nestle Toll House Chipper Sandwich. Vanilla ice cream between two chocolate chip cookies, rolling in mini chips. Pure bliss! :)

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  17. Katy on March 27, 2012 at 8:55 am

    And, you know what? I was trying to think of ice cream treats that I’d love now, in semi-adulthood, and I realized there are few if any peanut butter ice cream treats. You, oh peanut butter and chocolate queen, must attempt something to fill said void, please :)

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  18. Tracey on March 27, 2012 at 8:56 am

    I absolutely love those molds, thanks for linking to them! Fudge pops were always one of my favorite treats as a kid, but I haven’t had them in forever. It’ll be so much fun to whip up a homemade version once the temperature climbs above 40 again here :)

    Reply

  19. Cookbook Queen on March 27, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Fudgesicles are my son’s favorite!! Can’t wait to try these.

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  20. Barbara on March 27, 2012 at 9:23 am

    We always have homemade popsicles in the freezers — all summer long. I have lost a lot of my plastic pop sticks from my sets and looked at the molds you bought. They got some bad reviews regarding getting the sticks in and pops out. Have you had any trouble?

    PS when I was little (and I am way older than you) the ice cream man — Mr. Frosty– had real soft-serve ice cream. Yum!

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    • Michelle on March 31st, 2012 at 7:59 pm

      Hi Barbara, I didn’t have any issues. I just ran the individual pop mold under running water for like 30 seconds, and the fudge pop slid right out.

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  21. Margaret on March 27, 2012 at 9:39 am

    OH! MY!!

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  22. Nicky @ Pink Recipe Box on March 27, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Fantastic! I can’t wait to give these a try this summer.

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  23. Amanda V on March 27, 2012 at 10:17 am

    ohhhhh my gosh those look amazing. I loovve fudge bars and I love making things from scratch!!
    These go well with marathon training, right? Right. Sold.

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  24. Tracey K on March 27, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Do you think they would work with 2% milk?

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    • Michelle on March 31st, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      Yes, I think that would be okay.

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  25. Elaina on March 27, 2012 at 10:50 am

    I love fudge popsicles…can’t wait to make them. The chocolate chip cookie was one of my favorites too. :)

    Can I use fat free milk?

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    • Michelle on March 31st, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Hi Elaina, I don’t ever use fat free milk, so I’m not sure well it would thicken up. I’m guessing since cornstarch is used it should be okay, it might just need to cook longer in order to thicken. Let me know how it works! Also, I calculated the difference between whole milk and non-fat and it was only 10 calories per fudge pop :)

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  26. Will on March 27, 2012 at 11:03 am

    We’re about to go into Autumn here, and you know what, I don’t care, I’m making these, or getting them made, whichever will be quickest!

    Reply

  27. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Pepper on March 27, 2012 at 11:13 am

    oh fudgicles! They look wonderful, I have to make these, I have to get the molds!

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  28. Ally on March 27, 2012 at 11:14 am

    This post reminded me of how much I love fudge pops! Such a reminder of summer & childhood.. love!
    xo
    http://allykayler.blogspot.com/

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  29. Terry on March 27, 2012 at 11:18 am

    These look wonderful! I am going to try choc soy milk to cut the fat and calories down without losing flavor or anything artifical.

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  30. Angela on March 27, 2012 at 11:36 am

    I might have to make these this summer… yum! I also have to order that popsicle mold. Thank you for the link! :)

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  31. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts on March 27, 2012 at 11:40 am

    MMMMmmmmmm….Fudge pops are my favorite frozen treat! Can’t wait to try these this summer!

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  32. Phyllis on March 27, 2012 at 11:45 am

    when I was a kid, back in the 60′s, we had a Mr. Softee truck come around & we would get cones with sprinkles

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  33. Kristin on March 27, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    I want to make these right away! I’m known to eat an entire box of fudge pops in about one sitting :)

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  34. The Chocolate Priestess on March 27, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    We have some similar “pop” making plastic things at home, too, given to us some time back but without instructions so I’ve never tried them, yet. Never thought of making chocolate treats in them though, always figured I’d use juice or lemonade.

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  35. Ginyn on March 27, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    These look incredible! The perfect summer treat for my six-year-old and her friends! And another fun use of our Popsicle molds!

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  36. April on March 27, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Yum,I just bought popsicle molds, this may have to be the first recipe I use to break them in! Thanks for sharing!! and the On a Stick Book sounds amazing, I am going to have to look into it!

    Reply

  37. Mireia on March 27, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    These look delicious!!! And quite light too!!!

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  38. Sarah on March 27, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Love me some fudge pops! When I was a kid, I remember the ice cream man saying that I was going to turn into a fudge pop! So yes, I do have a problem. :) Question: do you think these could be made with 1% or 2% milk instead of whole? Thanks for this recipe!

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    • Michelle on March 31st, 2012 at 7:54 pm

      Hi Sarah, Yes, I think you could use 1% or 2% without a problem.

      Reply

  39. Judith on March 27, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Growing up I drooled over the butterscotch pops and fudge pops. It was agonizing trying to decide which one I wanted. But I usually went with the butterscotch. Got to try your recipe. Thank you for sharing.

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  40. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes on March 27, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    These are awesome! Can’t wait to try these out this summer… I agree – nothing better than homemade and KNOWING what is in the food you eat :)

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  41. Cindy @ Once Upon a Loaf on March 27, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    My favorite!! These look great and somehow less “guilty” than a lot of other things. Must try! Now if it would just warm up again.

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  42. Paula on March 27, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    If it wasn’t so chilly here right now I’d make some of these. Will have to wait for warmer weather but they certainly look delicious.

    Reply

  43. CulinarilyCourtney on March 27, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Well, seems like my chocolate craving has revved up YET AGAIN, thanks to your site haha… No really, thank you :)

    Reply

  44. amber on March 27, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Will the recipe still work if I use rice milk or almond milk?

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    • Michelle on March 31st, 2012 at 7:53 pm

      Hi Amber, I think that it should.

      Reply

  45. kamaile on March 27, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Ooh…fudgesicles are one of my favorite summer treats. Creamsicles and Fat Boys are also pretty awesome. Definitely need to give these a try.

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  46. Heidi Bundles Of Hugs on March 27, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Alright! I can’t wait to try these. These will be great for my little guys birthday party this summer :)

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  47. Katie on March 27, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Woah! I’m in love with fudge pops, and I definitely want to try them with bittersweet chocolate. What a fantastic suggestion!

    Reply

  48. Amalia on March 28, 2012 at 2:01 am

    I would definitely love one of these any time of the year! And only 157 calories?? how awesome! I really want to start making more frozen treats too, they’re better than having to turn on your hot oven and all that jazz. My favorite ice cream truck treat would have to be the red, white, and blue rocket popsicle!

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  49. Susan on March 28, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Love fudge pops. I wonder if you could use Stevia or another sugar substitute.

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    • Michelle on March 31st, 2012 at 7:50 pm

      Hi Susan, I think you could use a substitute without a problem.

      Reply

  50. Faythe on March 28, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Oh my. I haven’t had a fudgesicle since childhood due to sensitivity to certain foods and chemicals, so I don’t buy them or ice cream. I eat homemade ice cream all year long. I’ll be making these very soon. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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  51. Tracy on March 28, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    I seriously cannot wait to make these. Adding those popsicle moulds to my list!!

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  52. Renee @ Tortillas and Honey on March 29, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Awesome! There no other words that come to mind but awesome!!! :-)

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  53. Asiya on March 29, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Love these!!! I’ve been wanting to try making frozen treats for my boys..this would be perfect!

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  54. andrea on March 30, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    oh wow, the ice cream truck brings back so many hilarious and wonderful memories. my younger brother and i would be playing out in the front yard and as soon as we heard the familiar tones of the truck about to come around the corner we would BURST into the house shrieking “mommy! mommy! the ice cream man! the ice cream man!” as we dove for the quarter stash that was kept under dad’s desk. my brother ALWAYS got the “bomb pop” – the red, white and blue popsicle shaped like a missile rocket, haha. i liked to change it up – but i remember fudge pops being a frequent choice. thanks for the recipe – i can’t wait to make these today!

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  55. Sharon Peek on March 30, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Thanks for the great fudgesicle recipe. My favorite of all time is a coconut bar. Sort of the consistency of a fudgesicle but with coconut milk and coconut and I can’t guess what the other ingredients are. They are smooth creamy and with the best coconut flavor ever.

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  56. rya on April 12, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    this is super tempting. thank you for the recipe!!

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  57. Shannon on April 16, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    I made these last night and we are enjoying them right now. They are so tasty on this 85 degree day! They have the right amount of chocolate, sweetness, and creaminess. Thanks for the recipe.

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  58. eva-may on May 25, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    i was just wondering what could be used instead of cornstarch..would love to try these but no cornstarch :(

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    • Danielle B on June 7th, 2012 at 6:14 am

      I only use arrowroot powder in my home. It’s a lot healthier, no talc in it.

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  59. Cindy on June 5, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Made these the other day and they were wonderful. I love how rich they taste, better than the store-bought ones, and how much better they are for you!

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  60. jessi on June 8, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    I have a daughter with a milk allergy, so I’m wondering if these can be made with almond milk??

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    • Michelle on June 10th, 2012 at 11:17 pm

      Yes, definitely! Enjoy!

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  61. Sarah on June 12, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    I finally got around to making these and they were great! I used 2% milk instead of whole milk and I’m wondering if whole milk would be better (of course it would be!). LOL. They were very easy to make. My boyfriend’s 5-year-old daughter loved them too and asked if we could make them together next time. For anyone looking for good fudge pop holders, these worked well for me (although they are quite large). Thanks for the great recipe!
    http://www.amazon.com/Tovolo-Groovy-Ice-Molds-Yellow/dp/B000G32H3Y/ref=cm_cr-mr-title

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  62. Veronica on June 24, 2012 at 4:43 am

    thanks so much for posting this :) I’m so excited to try it out.

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  63. Melissa @ Bless This Mess on June 29, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Making the 3rd batch of these THIS WEEK! We are totally nuts over them. The texture and chocolate flavor is spot on. I even forgot the butter and vanilla in one batch and they were still great. THANK YOU! My babies would say the same, but our laundry would not. Holly mess chocolate faces!

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    • KELL on July 4th, 2012 at 8:13 am

      mine are not coming out of the mold. froze them over night and the sticks pulled right out after a few minutes on the counter. HELP!!

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      • Michelle on July 4th, 2012 at 12:14 pm

        Hi Kell, I’m not sure what type of popsicle mold you’re using, but if the stick pulled straight out, the popsicles were either too frozen when the sticks were inserted, the popsicles weren’t frozen long enough, or you pulled on them really hard. Usually you just need to run the plastic mold(s) under some water for a minute or two, then gently slide them out of the mold.

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  64. Jennifer on July 10, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Any idea how these would work with 2% milk? It is all I keep in the house and I was wondering if I really needed to grab some whole milk the next time I am at the store or if I could make them with what I’ve got on hand! Thanks!

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  65. Sarah on July 10, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Hey, I just saw your question about 2% milk and thought I’d respond since I had the exact same question awhile back. I have made these with 2% milk and with whole milk and there wasn’t much of a difference. There was maybe less of a creamy taste with 2%. The ultimate taste-tester (and the one who insists I make these all the time), my boyfriend’s 5-year-old daughter, doesn’t detect any difference when I use 2% vs. whole milk.

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    • Jennifer on July 10th, 2012 at 8:22 pm

      Thanks! My taste testers are 5, 4 and 21 months – I am sure they will not see any difference! I will, hopefully, be making these tomorrow:)

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    • Michelle on July 24th, 2012 at 11:52 am

      Thanks Sarah! That was going to be my response!

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  66. Rhonda on May 31, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    I just made this with whole milk and it is totally amazing!~ It tasted like you where eating a bar of rich chocolate……..so glad I made it~!

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  67. Melisa on June 4, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Thanks so much for this! I have grandkids now, and I love it so much I already bought the molds! Fudge pop making…my kitchen…all welcome. :-)

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  68. Theresa D on June 8, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Wow. I had actually been thinking about fudge pops and was wondering if there was an easy recipe. You must have read my mind!! I am so going to make these this summer. I am an absolute chocoholic and with the 100+ temp outside, these will hit the spot! You rock! Thanks!! :)

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  69. jeanie on August 26, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    These are WAY to sweet for my taste. I tasted the mix as it was heating up and wound up adding another cup or so of milk, 1 more tbl of corn starch and more cocoa powder. If I make again, I will cut sugar in half then add more to taste if necessary. Aside from that, pops were a success and delicious!

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  70. rozapalooza on September 19, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Just made these sugar free I’m excited

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  71. Sadie on May 24, 2014 at 1:29 am

    Hi! this might make the pops deformed looking but can I pour this in a cupcake tin instead?

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    • Michelle on May 26th, 2014 at 11:24 am

      Hi Sadie, Yes, I don’t see why not.

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  72. Rachel on June 5, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    I just popped mine in the freezer! I can’t wait to try them :)

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  73. Maria on June 9, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    I placed my molds in 24 hrs ago and they seem soft and not frozen. Did I do something wrong? They don’t have the consistency of a normal fudgesicle. So disappointed!

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  74. Carols_got_cakes on June 24, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Delicious! So chocolatey and smooth! Thank you once again! I posted a pic on my Instagram @carols_got_cakes

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  75. Debbie on June 28, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    I followed this recipe exactly, and they were AMAZING! In fact, I am making more tomorrow!

    Thanks a million for this recipe!

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  76. Milly on July 14, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    These came out great – good texture and chocolatey taste but in my opinion WAY too sugary. Of course my son loved them. Next time I will try cutting the sugar in half.

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