Fudgsicles were one of my favorite summertime treats as a child. They are chocolate popsicles, with a great chocolate flavor to them. I’ve seen lots of recipes for Fudgsicles over the years and have noticed that, in spite of their names, none of them are really quite like the original Fudgsicles. Oh, they’re all very chocolaty, but many recipes call for lots of cream or chocolate – neither of which is actually in the original Fudgsicle! The originals have just a few main ingredients, including skim milk, sugar and cocoa powder (as well as emulsifiers and flavorings). They’re simple, flavorful and low in fat and calories – all things that have kept these popsicles popular over the years.
So, when I set out to make my own homemade Fudgesicles, I wanted them to be as similar as possible to the originals. These are popsicles made with milk, cocoa powder and sugar – not ice cream shoved into popsicle molds! Everything is stirred together in a medium saucepan, then poured into popsicle molds. The size of your finished popsicle will vary on the size of your mold. I used Tovolo’s Groovy Popsicle Molds. Be creative if you don’t have molds, as you can easily make popsicles without a mold, too.
The Fudgsicles are delicious. They have a great chocolate flavor and are not too sweet. They are also not too icy and melt smoothly on your tongue. If you’re worried about them being too sweet from the sugar in the base recipe – don’t be. Things taste less sweet when they’re chilled, so even if the base tastes a bit sweet, it shouldn’t be a problem when the popsicles are done. The sugar (and the corn syrup or agave syrup – your choice) also keeps the popsicles from getting too hard and icy. You can leave out the little bit of corn syrup if you prefer, but your pop might be a touch icier as a result.
I’ll be making these again and again this summer – or at least making a few big batches to keep on hand for snacking on hot days!
2 cups low fat or skim milk
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2/3 cup sugar
2 tbsp cornsyrup or agave syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
In a medium saucepan, combine milk, cocoa powder, sugar, corn syrup (or agave syrup) and vanilla extract. Bring to a simmer, stirring frequently, and cook just until all of the sugar and cocoa powder is dissolved. Pour hot mixture into popsicle molds and freeze overnight, or until solid.
Makes 6-8 large popsicles (depending on the size of your molds)