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Fudge Popsicles

These Fudge Popsicles are creamy, super chocolatey, and way better than any store-bought variety. Perfect way to get your chocolate fix and cool off this summer!

Three chocolate popsicles placed on a white surface with visible melting.
These fudge popsicles are perfectly chocolately and so effortless to make!

Why This Recipe Stands Out

Here’s why this is our favorite ice cream recipe:

  • Seriously Chocolatey: Every cool bite of this fudge popsicle satisfies the chocolate lover in us!
  • Ideal Size: It’s a well-portioned and contained way of getting just enough of a chocolate fix without guilt – perfect for those of us who have eaten too many of these Bakery-Style Chocolate Chip Cookies.
  • Easy to Make: This recipe uses simple, easy-to-find ingredients like our Oreo Blizzards recipe.
  • Make Ahead: You can make these popsicles ahead of time, so they’re ready whenever you need a deeply chocolatey, fantastically creamy frozen treat!

Key Recipe Ingredients

  • Chocolate Chips – We use semi-sweet chocolate chips for a rich, chocolatey flavor.
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder – A few tablespoons of natural unsweetened cocoa powder add a deep, intense chocolate flavor to the popsicles.
  • Whole Milk – Whole milk is the base of our popsicles, providing a creamy, lusciously smooth texture.
  • Vanilla Extract – A teaspoon of pure vanilla extract enhances the chocolate flavor and adds a sweet, floral note.
  • Butter – We use a tablespoon of butter to add a hint of creaminess to the popsicles.

Substitutions and variations

Here are some of our favorite substitutions and variations:

  • Dark Chocolate: If you prefer a richer, more intense chocolate flavor, substitute the semi-sweet chocolate chips with dark chocolate chips.
  • Liqueur: If you want to make these popsicles a little more grown-up, try adding a splash of your favorite liqueur, such as Kahlua or Baileys, for a frozen boozy treat.
  • Nuts: Roll your fudge popsicles in chopped nuts or sprinkle them with colorful candy pieces after dipping them in chocolate!

step-By-Step Recipe Instructions

  1. Place chocolate chips in a bowl and melt in the microwave.
  2. In a saucepan, combine melted chocolate, sugar, cornstarch, cocoa powder, and milk. Stir over medium heat until thickened.
  3. Remove from heat. Add vanilla extract and butter. Let it cool slightly and stir.
  4. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze completely before serving.

For full list of ingredients and instructions, see recipe card below.

How to Prep Ahead

Take a look at our best prep-ahead tip for this recipe:

  • Make Them in Advance: You can also make these fudge popsicles well in advance. Once they’re frozen, you can store them in the freezer for up to 2 weeks. This makes them a great make-ahead dessert for parties or hot summer days.
A fudge popsicle with a bite taken out of its top.
You just can’t beat homemade flavor and these fudge popsicles are the very best!

Commonly asked questions

Can I use a different type of chocolate?

Yes, you can. While this recipe uses semi-sweet chocolate chips, you can also use dark chocolate or milk chocolate chips according to your preference. Just make sure they are of good quality for the best flavor.

Why do I need to stir the mixture while it’s cooling?

Stirring the mixture while it’s cooling helps prevent a skin from forming on the surface. It also helps to maintain a smooth and consistent texture throughout the popsicles.

Can I use low-fat milk instead of whole milk?

While you can use low-fat milk, we recommend using whole milk for a creamier and richer texture. Remember, the higher the fat content of the milk, the creamier the popsicles will be.

How do I know when the mixture has thickened?

The mixture will start to coat the back of a spoon or spatula and will have a pudding-like consistency when it has thickened. This usually takes about 10 minutes of stirring over medium heat.

How long do the fudge popsicles keep?

These fudge popsicles can be kept in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.

Did you make this?

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A fudge popsicle with a bite taken out of its top.

Fudge Popsicles

5 from 1 vote
This is the quintessential summer fun treat. Fudge popsicles are unbeatable when homemade. These are creamy, supremely chocolatey, and the perfect way to cool off.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 popsicles
Author: Amy Dong

Ingredients  

Instructions

  • Place chocolate chips in a small glass bowl and microwave on 50% power for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat until chocolate is smoothly melted.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine the melted chocolate, sugar, cornstarch, cocoa powder, and milk. Stir over medium heat until mixture thickens, 10 mimutes. Remove from heat. Add vanilla extract and butter, stirring to incorporate.
  • Let mixture cool just until it is warm (not hot) and stir again. Pour into 6 large popsicle molds (or 8 smaller molds.)
  • Freeze completely and serve.

Notes

  • To avoid lumps in your fudge popsicle mixture, make sure to thoroughly whisk together the dry ingredients (sugar, cornstarch, cocoa powder) before adding the milk.
  • When heating the mixture on the stove, stir constantly to prevent it from sticking to the pan and burning. This will also help the ingredients to combine evenly and thicken properly.
  • Allow the mixture to cool until it is just warm, not hot, before pouring it into the popsicle molds. This helps to prevent the formation of ice crystals, giving your popsicles a smoother texture.
  • If you don’t have popsicle molds, you can use small paper cups and wooden popsicle sticks. After pouring the mixture into the cups, cover them with aluminum foil and insert the sticks through the foil.
  • This recipe can easily be doubled to make more popsicles. They can be stored in the freezer for up to two weeks, so why not make a big batch?
 
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Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 42mg | Potassium: 186mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 171IU | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Method: Freezer, Mixing

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