No-Drip Fudge Pops
These homemade fudge pops are such a fun frozen treat! And they’re mess-free because they don’t drip and leave stains like the regular kind. Your kids will love ’em and so will you!
Summer is in full swing and at my house that means lots of ice cream and popsicles!
Fudgesicles are a current obsession for my youngest. He just discovered them this year and he’s in his glory. Every day when he gets home from day camp, he’s poking his head in the freezer and asking for a fudge pop. We were going through boxes of them like there’s no tomorrow, when I decided it would probably be much easier and more cost effective (and a little healthier!) to make a homemade version for him. So I browsed around on Pinterest and quickly found a recipe that looked identical to the store-bought kind he’s so infatuated with.
It was a huge success, they were so easy to make and the taste was identical. I don’t think he could even tell the difference.
But there was a down side. They were melt-y and they dripped like crazy and made a huge mess. They left stains everywhere, on the carpet, on the sofa, on his clothes. Cocoa is really hard to get out in the wash. We ended up having to make him eat them outside, they were such a problem.
Now I’m a problem solver. If you put a problem in front of me, I don’t rest until I come up with a solution. So, I put my mind to it and came up with this:
There’s a secret ingredient that works like a charm. It’s gelatin. Simple to use and easily available on your regular grocery store shelf.
Just whisk together sugar, cocoa, and a pinch of salt, then stir in the milk and cook it over medium-low heat until everything’s dissolved together. You can use any kind of milk you want- whole, 1%, almond milk, coconut milk… whatever you keep on hand. We buy 1% so that’s what I used and it tastes great. Once you’ve got it nice and hot, just add in the gelatin and let it melt. Stir in a little vanilla extract for flavor and pour it into your molds.
I just got this mold and I LOVE it! The popsicles look just like the kind you get in a box. This is so key when feeding picky children.
If you have any trouble releasing the fudge pops from their mold, try running them under hot water for just a few seconds. It really helps get them un-stuck!
Now we can all eat fudge pops to our heart’s content, and nobody’s confined to being outside. It’s a total win!
If you’ve got messy little chocoholics like I do, definitely give this recipe a try. It’s so great for summer!
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No-Drip Fudge Pops
- 3/4 cup (150 g) granulated sugar
- 2/3 cup (57.33 g) cocoa
- 1/8 teaspoon (0.13 teaspoon) kosher salt
- 2 1/2 cups (610 ml) milk
- 1/4 ounce (7.09 g) plain gelatin powder, (1 packet)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons (1.5 teaspoons) vanilla extract
- Place the sugar, cocoa, and salt in a medium pot and whisk together until combined.
- Slowly pour in the milk, while whisking, until completely incorporated.
- Cook the liquid over medium-low heat until steaming.
- Sprinkle the gelatin over the surface and allow it to soften for about 3 minutes.
- Stir the gelatin into the liquid until completely dissolved.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
- Pour into popsicle mold and freeze until solid.
I’m excited about making the no drip fudge popsicles. I can remember them when I was growing up. My mom made them herself. I always thought then that it was just frozen pudding, remember I was just a child. Thank you. Cant wait to try. My grandkids can help.
Hope you and the grandkids enjoy Avis!
My mother loved fudge pops so much! I’ve never been a fan.
When I had my daughter 27 years ago my mom couldn’t wait until she was old enough to let her taste, hoping she’d have a “partner in fudge pop snacking”.
At a year old, I walked into the dining room to find my toddler’s face covered in fudge pop! The look on my baby’s face told me my mom found her partner!
My daughter, 27 years later, is as much a fan of these as my mom was.
I am getting everything my daughter needs this week so she can make her own.
She laughed when I told her I’m getting double the ingredients so she can have them whenever she wants…for months to come! Lol
Thank you for finding the perfect solution to the drippy messy treat and making it better for those fudge pop lovers out there!
I love making my daughter happy and you’re my new hero for being able to do this today! huggy hugs
Thanks so much for the hugs, Deana! I’m so happy you like the recipe and I hope you enjoy your double batch!
Am I able to use almond milk with this recipe?
Yes, I think that would work just fine. Enjoy!
Oh, one of my favorites! Love that they don’t drip!
So cool, literally
These are bringing me back to my childhood! They look perfect!
These look absolutely delicious! What a fun summer treat for kids and adults alike!
AMAZING-I can’t believe these don’t drip!! they look deeelish!
Thank you! It’s amazing what gelatin can do! 🙂
What a cool idea. Have you tried adding anything in yet like peanut butter? I’m always looking to add protein in for my little guys. Curious if it thaws differently or messes with the texture. Love this recipe, can’t wait to give it a try!
Hey Camy! I haven’t tried it yet but I think it would work! If you beat me to it, let me know how it works out for you! Good luck and thanks for reading 🙂
That is an ingenious use of gelatin, such a clever idea and they look delicious to boot!
Thank you so much Hannah! I hope your week is off to a great start sweetie 🙂
You’re a genius, Allie! I would get the popsicles all over me too, so I really need this version in my life.
They look beautifully chocolate-y, too!
Thank you so much Helen! That secret ingredient really does the trick!
No-drip-GENIUS!!! I loved eating these as a kid but sadly have forgotten about the now, I must fix this by making these! And yes cocoa is very hard to get out!!
Almost impossible, right? I’m so happy you like these Malinda- thanks so much for the sweet comment!
I have to admit that these will be more for me than my kids. I love fudgesicles!
I have to admit I may or may not have snuck a few myself, lol! Thanks so much Marissa!
NO DRIP??? whaaa!!!! Now that’s a fudgsicle I know I’m going to love so much!!!! I hate it when ice cream drips and melts! It just makes everything sticky and I hate that feeling ! I love that you’ve added gelatin! SO.CREATIVE!!!! Also, your nail color is GORGEOUS!!!! Love the mint and gold! <3
These look so good! There’s nothing I love more than a fudgesicle and the gelatin trick is perfect. Putting these on my to-make list!
Awesome! I think you will really enjoy them Bhiravi. Thanks so much!
Allie, you saved my life! I looooove fudgsicles as an adult, but I am already a messy eater, so that plus drippy pops meant I looked like a 5-year old by the end. Now I can finally indulge without the shame of showing just how messy I truly am!
It will totally be our secret Amanda! No one will ever have to know 😉
What great idea! My five year old HATES to be sticky, so he’d absolutely love these. I’ll be trying these soon. 🙂
That’s so great Allison! I hope you and your five year old enjoy 🙂
What a smart use of gelatin! Love these fudge pops 🙂
Thank you so much Medha! The gelatin really does the trick in this recipe 🙂
Allie, these are perfection!!! and look beautiful. . perfect for summer!
Thank you so much Alice! Hope you and your beautiful family are enjoying 🙂
I love this I haven’t made it but it looks great, as they say you eat with your eyes first