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updated Jun 23, 2021
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How to Make Easy Homemade Fudge Pops

This recipe for cold, creamy, and chocolate fudge popsicles calls for just 5 ingredients.

Makes8 (2-ounce) popsicles

Prep15 minutes

Cook8 minutes

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Ever since I was a kid, I’ve far preferred Fudgsicles to any fruit-flavored pop. Creamsicles and Firecrackers don’t stand a chance against what’s basically frozen chocolate pudding! The only difference is that these days, I prefer to make my own rather than run after the ice cream truck — and you’ll understand why after you take your first lick. These homemade fudge pops are creamier, fudgier, and more intensely chocolate-y than any store-bought variety, and come together with just five ingredients that come straight from the pantry.

Whether you, too, wax nostalgic for Fudgsicles or have kiddos at home that always go for the chocolatey pops, here’s how to make the absolute easiest version at home.

Credit: Photo: Tara Donne | Food Stylist: Cyd McDowell

The Easiest, Fudgiest Popsicles from Scratch

Whereas store-bought fudge pops are made with a laundry list of hard-to-pronounce ingredients, the homemade version requires just five simple ones that are likely in your kitchen: cocoa powder, sugar, cornstarch, milk, and vanilla extract, plus a pinch of salt. Unlike other fudge pop recipes, which call for bars of fancy chocolate or pulling out the blender, you can make this one right at this very moment. It’s as close to instant gratification as you can get for cold, creamy fudge pops you’ll make again and again.

This recipe is flexible, too. You can use either unsweetened natural or Dutch-processed cocoa powder — natural will give you deep, dark chocolate flavor, while Dutch-processed will lend a milder, almost Oreo-like flavor. The milk you use is up to you, too. Whole, low-fat, and even skim milk work well, as does just about any kind of non-dairy milk. Oh, and don’t have popsicle molds? You can still make a batch ASAP without having to wait for a set to ship. From paper cups to loaf pans, here are five ways to make these pops without molds.

Credit: Photo: Tara Donne | Food Stylist: Cyd McDowell

The Very Best Popsicle Molds for Fudge Pops

After whisking together all the ingredients on the stove, you’ll need to divide the pudding-like mixture into molds. While whatever you’ve got will do, my personal favorite is this colorful Lekue set, which I invested in a few years ago after reading a recommendation from Faith. Their 2-ounce size is perfect for children’s hands, and just right for an adult treat after dinner. But best of all, they lay flat in the freezer, and the pop-on lids mean there’s zero leakage. If you’ve got larger molds (there are some out there that are 3- or even 4-ounces), they’ll work just fine here, but of course you’ll get fewer pops.

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Here's how to make the absolute easiest fudge pops.

How to Make Easy Homemade Fudge Pops

This recipe for cold, creamy, and chocolate fudge popsicles calls for just 5 ingredients.

Prep time 15 minutes

Cook time 8 minutes

Makes 8 (2-ounce) popsicles

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup

    unsweetened cocoa powder (natural or Dutch-processed)

  • 1/2 cup

    granulated sugar

  • 1 tablespoon

    cornstarch

  • 1/4 teaspoon

    kosher salt

  • 2 cups

    dairy or non-dairy milk

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    vanilla extract

Equipment

Instructions

  1. Combine the dry ingredients. Place 1/2 cup cocoa powder, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt in a medium saucepan and whisk to combine, breaking up any clumps.

  2. Whisk in the milk. Slowly whisk in 1/2 cup of the milk or non-dairy milk and whisk until smooth. Whisk in the remaining 1 1/2 cups milk until smooth.

  3. Simmer the mixture until thickened. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat, stirring constantly with a rubber spatula to prevent the milk from burning. Simmer until the mixture thickens and coats the back of the spatula (it should be the consistency of chocolate sauce), about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and stir in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Let cool, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. The mixture will continue to thicken as it cools to become the consistency of warm pudding.

  4. Divide between popsicle molds and freeze. Divide the mixture between 8 (2 to 2.25-ounce) popsicle molds. Insert a popsicle stick in each mold and freeze until completely solid, at least 6 hours.

  5. Unmold and serve. Run cool water over the molds to unmold and serve.

Recipe Notes

Storage: The popsicles can be frozen for up to 3 weeks.

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