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Dark Chocolate Fudgesicles Cooking View

Looking back to my childhood, I remember our freezer being well stocked with frozen desserts, especially in the summer time. Some were great (gotta love a classic ice cream sandwich), some were not so much (anything with nuts – WHY?!) but my ultimate favorite was fudgesicles. Because, let’s face it – you just can’t go wrong with a silky smooth frozen bar of chocolate awesomeness.

I’m sure if you handed me one right now, I wouldn’t hesitate to make it disappear. But even though you can’t go wrong with the classic, I do think it can be improved upon. As with pretty much everything else, the homemade version is simply better.  The dark chocolate is slightly less sweet and more intense. I added a healthy dose of fleur de sel, which pairs beautifully with dark chocolate. My only problem now is trying to stop at just one.

Dark Chocolate Fudgesicles
Yield: about 10 popsicles*

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup (1½ oz.) finely chopped dark chocolate
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2½ cups milk (whole milk preferred)
  • ½ tsp. coarse sea salt, such as fleur de del
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
Cooking View

Directions

  • In a medium saucepan, heat the chopped chocolate over low heat just until melted, stirring often to prevent burning.  Add the sugar, cornstarch and cocoa powder to the pan and mix briefly with the melted chocolate. (The mixture will be crumbly at this point.)  Gradually whisk in the milk a bit at a time until it is fully incorporated and the mixture is mostly smooth.

  • Increase the heat to medium-high. Continue to cook until the mixture, stirring frequently, until it thickens, about 5-10 minutes. Once the mixture has thickened, remove the pan from the heat. Whisk in the salt, vanilla, and butter until smooth and fully incorporated. Let the mixture cool slightly before pouring into popsicle molds. (This is the popsicle mold I use. I love it!)  Insert popsicle sticks* and freeze until fully set, at least a few hours. Unmold and enjoy!

  • *Using popsicle sticks that don’t fit the mold you have?  No problem. Cover the mold(s) with foil instead of the usual lid, make a very small slit where you want the popsicle stick to go, and slide the stick in. The foil will help hold it in place in lieu of the cover. See the strawberry yogurt pop post for a visual.

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  • Warm Vanilla Sugar

    I love how drippy this looks!! Such a yummy treat :)

  • http://allourway.com/ Marisa Franca Stewart

    That looks sooo good!! As far as desserts go I’m a smooth, creamy, cold person — gelato is for me. I can resist mostly everything but that. Where did you get your molds? I wish our kids and grandids didn’t live in Carmel — they’d be getting food all the time :-)

  • http://allourway.com/ Marisa Franca Stewart

    That looks sooo good!! As far as desserts go I’m a smooth, creamy, cold person — gelato is for me. I can resist mostly everything but that. Where did you get your molds? I wish our kids and grandids didn’t live in Carmel — they’d be getting food all the time :-)

  • Sabrina Hutt

    Great picture, Annie!

  • Sabrina Hutt

    Great picture, Annie!

  • annieseats

    This is the mold I have – I love it! http://astore.amazon.com/annseat-20/detail/B0002IBJOG

  • annieseats

    This is the mold I have – I love it! http://astore.amazon.com/annseat-20/detail/B0002IBJOG

  • JackieKC

    Oh, Fudge!

  • JackieKC

    Oh, Fudge!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    Oh, these look fantastic! Also, I adore that picture. I’m assuming it’s you in that picture – LOVE your nail polish color!!

  • heather kim

    absolutely love the photo

  • heather kim

    absolutely love the photo

  • Judy E

    How would you go about putting some peanut butter swirls in there?

  • Judy E

    How would you go about putting some peanut butter swirls in there?

  • annieseats

    I haven’t tried – you would have to experiment! Enjoy :)

  • annieseats

    Thank you!

  • annieseats

    I haven’t tried – you would have to experiment! Enjoy :)

  • annieseats

    Thank you!

  • Annie Lindsay

    Growing up, I was SO obsessed with Fudgesicles that I once gave them up for Lent. You better believe I ate a Fudgesicle first thing Easter morning! These look deelliicciioouusss.

  • http://anniescitykitchen.blogspot.com Annie Lindsay

    Growing up, I was SO obsessed with Fudgesicles that I once gave them up for Lent. You better believe I ate a Fudgesicle first thing Easter morning! These look deelliicciioouusss.

  • Liz N.

    Love the simplicity of the ingredients! And, BUTTER?! Making this tonight!

  • Liz N.

    Love the simplicity of the ingredients! And, BUTTER?! Making this tonight!

  • annieseats

    Ha! That is so awesome.

  • annieseats

    Thanks Liz!

  • annieseats

    Ha! That is so awesome.

  • annieseats

    Thanks Liz!

  • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

    I could live on fudgesicles, especially these dark chocolate ones!

  • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

    I could live on fudgesicles, especially these dark chocolate ones!

  • Amanda Ferraioli

    These are freezing at this very moment! I couldn’t resist and tried the mixture before popping it in the freezer – SO good! I can’t wait to have one tonight!

  • Amanda Ferraioli

    These are freezing at this very moment! I couldn’t resist and tried the mixture before popping it in the freezer – SO good! I can’t wait to have one tonight!

  • muse2323

    omg–thank you! I have been hunting for a great fudgesicle for years & this looks like it will fit the bill quite nicely.

  • muse2323

    omg–thank you! I have been hunting for a great fudgesicle for years & this looks like it will fit the bill quite nicely.

  • http://www.pink-parsley.com Josie

    Obsessed with this photo! There’s a pop stand here that sells the BEST chocolate sea salt popsicles… these sound really similar – must try ASAP!

  • http://www.pink-parsley.com Josie

    Obsessed with this photo! There’s a pop stand here that sells the BEST chocolate sea salt popsicles… these sound really similar – must try ASAP!

  • http://kristineskitchenblog.com/ Kristine @ Kristine’s Kitchen

    These look absolutely irresistible! I love that the ingredient list is pretty much all things that I keep on hand in my kitchen. I can’t wait to make them!

  • http://kristineskitchenblog.com/ Kristine @ Kristine’s Kitchen

    These look absolutely irresistible! I love that the ingredient list is pretty much all things that I keep on hand in my kitchen. I can’t wait to make them!

  • http://thecupcakeconfession.com/ Samina |The Cupcake Confession

    Gooooodness!!!!!!! This looks decadent, creamy, deliciously chocolatey and something I would want to eat every single day this summer!!!!!!!

  • http://thecupcakeconfession.com/ Samina |The Cupcake Confession

    Gooooodness!!!!!!! This looks decadent, creamy, deliciously chocolatey and something I would want to eat every single day this summer!!!!!!!

  • MollyH

    Mmmmmm…..sounds like a delicious project for me and my little kitchen helper to take on this afternoon!

  • MollyH

    Mmmmmm…..sounds like a delicious project for me and my little kitchen helper to take on this afternoon!

  • Bri | Bites of Bri

    Oh yum! This version sounds way better than the store bought kind. I’m obsessed with my new popsicle molds too so I’ll try these soon!

  • Bri | Bites of Bri

    Oh yum! This version sounds way better than the store bought kind. I’m obsessed with my new popsicle molds too so I’ll try these soon!

  • Tracy

    These look perfect! Since I try and stay away from dairy milk, I’m going to try them with coconut milk. I love deep, dark chocolate in a frozen treat!

  • http://joanne-eatswellwithothers.com/ Joanne (eats well with others)

    We always seemed to have fudgsicles in the fridge. I think my mom even tried to make her own with pudding? Though I can’t quite remember. Of COURSE homemade is better! Definitely adding these to my freezer stock of frozen treats.

  • Jennifer Fry

    I made these this past weekend, all I can say is Yummy! We loved them :) I even used half the sugar and replaced with brown sugar and they were still nice and sweet ;) Another great recipe Annie. Opps, I also forgot to add the butter in my excitement as well.

  • Jennifer Fry

    I made these this past weekend, all I can say is Yummy! We loved them :) I even used half the sugar and replaced with brown sugar and they were still nice and sweet ;) Another great recipe Annie. Opps, I also forgot to add the butter in my excitement as well.

  • Meghan Jenson

    What a great photo… using your own shirt as the background and pretty red nails to give a pop! Brilliant idea

  • annieseats

    Thank you Meghan!