Active Prep: 10 min. Inactive Prep: 6 hrs.
Difficulty: Easy
Yield: 8 bars


 Re-creating this popular frozen ice pop is more than just mixing sugar and cocoa into skim milk and freezing it with a stick in the middle. In addition to the great chocolaty taste, a Fudgsicle clone wouldn’t be right if it didn’t have the same creamy—and not at all icy—texture of the original. So just how do we hack that? We’ll use a little gelatin in the mix plus a secret ingredient that will help to prevent the formation of ice crystals when the bars are frozen. Fat-free half-and-half, which is made with skim milk (as are Fudgsicles), also contains the same natural thickener found in the original ice pops. Mix these ingredients together in a saucepan over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved and pour the creamy mixture into an ice pop mold. When the pops are semisolid, add the sticks. A few hours later you’ll have seven or eight perfect fudge pops with the same taste and texture as the chocolaty original.

2 cups fat-free half-and-half
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa
¼ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup light corn syrup
2 teaspoons shortening
2 teaspoons (1 pkg.) unflavored gelatin Pinch of salt

YOU WILL ALSO NEED Ice pop maker 8 ice pop sticks


  1. Whisk the ingredients together in a medium saucepan. Place the pan over medium heat and cook until the mixture is hot and the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Whisk the ingredients together in a medium saucepan. Place the pan over medium heat and cook until the mixture is hot and the sugar has dissolved. 
  3. Whisk the mixture again once it is cold, then carefully pour it into 7 or 8 molds of the ice pop maker. Add the lid but do not add the sticks yet. Place the ice pops in your freezer for 2 hours. 
  4. After 2 hours you can insert the sticks about halfway down into each of the bars. Continue to freeze for 4 more hours or overnight
  5. When the bars are frozen solid, remove them from the molds by setting the molds out for 6 to 8 minutes. Carefully remove the bars from the molds, being sure not to pull too hard if the bars are not loose, or you may pull a stick out. Place each bar into a small plastic bag or wrap with plastic wrap and store the bars in the freezer until ready to eat.
     

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