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


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


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)


95 Responses to “Homemade Fudge Pops”

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  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!


  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.


  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.


  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!


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

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


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

    Starred this one!


  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! 😀


  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!


  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!


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

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


  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.


  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!


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

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


  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!!


  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.




  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!


  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! :)


  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 :)


  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 :)


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

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


  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!


    • 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.


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

    OH! MY!!


  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.


  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.


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

    Do you think they would work with 2% milk?


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

      Yes, I think that would be okay.


  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?


    • 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 :)


  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!


  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!


  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!


  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.


  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! :)


  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!


  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


  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 :)


  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.


  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!


  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!


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

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


  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!


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

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


  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.


  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 :)


  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.


  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.


  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 :)


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

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


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

      Hi Amber, I think that it should.


  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.


  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 :)


  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!


  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!


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

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


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

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


  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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