Homemade Fudge Pops!

15 Reviews / 4.5 Average
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Who doesn’t love a frozen fudge pop? I was a BIG fan of them when I was younger so I worried that a knock-off “real food” version wouldn’t taste as good as what I remembered…but, oh was I wrong! And in case we need any proof my 8-year-old actually told me I was “acting like a kid” while we were eating them together for the first time. Oops – I must have gotten a little messy and proclaimed how good it was one too many times. :)

Real Food Fudge Pops

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Homemade Fudge Pops

Who doesn't love a frozen fudge pop? I was a BIG fan of them when I was younger so I worried that a knock-off "real food" version wouldn't taste as good as what I remembered...but, oh was I wrong!
15 Reviews / 4.5 Average
Prep Time: 10 mins
Freeze Time: 4 hrs
Total Time: 4 hrs 10 mins
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Servings: 10 2 oz. popsicles

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • In a medium sized bowl whisk together the syrup, cocoa powder, and vanilla until thoroughly combined and there are almost no clumps left. Slowly whisk in both the yogurt and milk.
  • Pour into the popsicle molds, add a popsicle stick, and freeze. When you are ready to dig in, run a little bit of warm water on the outside of the molds to loosen them up so the popsicles come out easily. Enjoy!

Notes

Special Tools: Popsicle mold and popsicle sticks
We recommend organic ingredients when feasible.
Nutrition Facts
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Fudge Pops
Amount Per Serving
Calories 104 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 27mg1%
Potassium 192mg5%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 75IU2%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 93mg9%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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162 thoughts on “Homemade Fudge Pops!”

  1. 5 stars
    These were so very easy to make. The kids loved them and so did I! We used dark chocolate and they were perfect.

  2. 2 stars
    Man. I so wanted to love these but I just didn’t. Maybe too much tang from the 1 cup of plain yogurt? I don’t know. bummer!

  3. I just discovered this in your book that just came in the mail today (gorgeous book btw, and some great recipe ideas, looking forward to trying many of em out as I start my real food journey more seriously), and was wondering, will honey work with this too? Or is maple syrup the best choice to use for it to be liquid enough and set properly?

    1. I just saw going back through comments that this was asked before and I guess you can lol, that answers that lol. Can’t wait to try these in any case…and again love the book, great job on it! :)

  4. My daughter is allergic to dairy. Can the milk in this recipe be subbed with rice milk and the yogurt substituted with the rice milk also? She is also allergic to coconut. If subbing rice milk in place of those won’t work, what would you recommend?

  5. My daughter has a dairy allergy…do you think the coconut milk yogurt would make a noticeable difference? And do you suggest Greek style or regular style yogurt? Thank you!

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi there. I’ve made these with regular coconut milk yogurt and they turned out well.

  6. 5 stars
    So good! I did reduce the maple syrup to a 1/3 cup, plus 1 tbsp. The amount of sweetness was perfect for us. I also wanted to mention that before adding the milk & yogurt, I took a taste and thought it would be perfect for chocolate icing!

  7. 5 stars
    These were amazing! Added half a teaspoon of cinnamon but kept everything else the same. Very rich, my 3 year old loved it.

  8. Hello,
    I love your cookbook and this site! My daughter does not like yogurt, do you think sour cream would work in its place? Thanks

  9. Thoughts on using an already sweetened and flavored vanilla (stonyfield farms) yogurt? Then you would only need 3 ingredients – yogurt, cocoa, and milk.

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi Deanna. Lisa doesn’t use sweetened or flavored yogurts. You can, of course, but you are looking at more ingredients (in the yogurt) and a lot of added sugar.

      1. Gotcha! Just wondering, is nutrition info available for this recipe? 2/3 cup of maple syrup is a lot, and I was wondering how many grams of sugar that would be. I looked it up and it is approximately 140 grams of sugar, but I wasn’t sure if I got that right. The yogurt I was considering using (Stonyfield Farms) is organic and only has 30 grams of sugar for 1 cup of yogurt. I wonder if I would need to add something to make the pops sweeter since it has less sugar than the maple syrup.

      2. Thanks for asking Deanna, I am curious too, I just made Lisa’s homemade ice cream tonight and for the chocolate I used 8 Tablespoons of pure maple syrup and 4 Tablespoons of cocoa powder to 1 and 1/4 cup whole milk and 1 and 1/4 cup heavy cream, it was delicious but not overly sweet or overly chocolatey. I can see where making the “fudge” bars would require the amount of maple syrup. The original fudge pop has 80 calories and 5 grams of sugar per pop, this would be over 14 grams of sugar per pop.

      3. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

        Hi again. So, you want to sub it for the maple syrup. I read the comment too fast. :) Yes, maple syrup has about 14 grams of sugar per tablespoon so it does add up to a lot of sugar over-all. We’ve not tried to use just a sweetened yogurt but I would suspect that the end product might not be quite sweet enough. Let us know if you give it a try.

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi Traci. Just click on the picture and it will link you to the product on Amazon.

      1. The link is to different smoothie molds. It isn’t for the Popsicle molds pictured

  10. I am going to try them with almond milk and fair trade organic cocoa powder when we get home from camping.

  11. 5 stars
    OH MY. I just made these and put them in the freezer for a treat for tomorrow (for the KIDS of course) and there was a little extra that wouldn’t fit in the popsicle mold. It just didn’t seem morally or environmentally right to throw it out, so I put it in a fancy glass and downed it. My kids are going to go NUTS for these! Thanks!

  12. Hi! I made these and they turned out nicely. One question – When I went to buy “special dark” variety cacao powder (as suggested) the only one I could find said “processed with alkali”. Is this the kind she uses (it was Hershey’s brand) or is there another special dark variety that doesn’t process with alkali?
    Thank you!

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Patty. Lisa does use Hershey’s Special Dark. As far as I know there is only one variety. ~Amy

  13. They’re in the freezer right now! I loved the taste of the liquid before freezing it; very different than chocolate milk or even melted fudge pops- slightly tart from the yogurt, yet sweet and sticky from the maple syrup. I used raw cacao powder and full fat greek yogurt, making this a pretty nutritious, albeit sweet, treat. I used the silicone squeeze pop molds recommended on this site for freezing smoothies, and then the remainder into a silicone ice cube mold that makes big, perfectly square (2 oz.)ice cubes…thinking about putting them into a long, tall glass with some club soda and whipped cream for a chocolate Italian soda. YUM.

  14. 5 stars
    They were awesome (once they set :-)! We all loved them. Kids thought they were fantastic. I agree with someone else that for us a a touch less cocoa may be better or use the dark cocoa suggested but still delicious. Skim and 0% were just fine!

  15. Hi – I made these today and they should be frozen now or they seem frozen but the popsicle stick just slides out. I am wondering if it is because I used 0% Greek yogurt and skim milk? Or my freezer is just not freezing as fast I think it does.

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi there. Did they turn out okay. It sounded like they just needed more time to freeze through.

  16. My wife made these today and the kids are anxiously waiting to eat them after dinner! Thanks for sharing and we will update on the verdict. We can only imagine they are delicious! Enjoy France.

  17. Where can I purchase good Popsicle molds? I have returned all the ones I have purchased because they just don’t work well.

    Thanks

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Melani. There are links to all the molds Lisa uses in this post. Just click on the highlighted words. ~Amy

  18. Has anyone tried to replace the maple syrup with fruit puree? I thought it would reduce the overall sugar and increase the fiber… Maybe I will try this weekend and see how they turn out. My daughter loves chocolate!!

  19. We made these for the first time and we loved them! I didn’t have the Popsicle molds so I put them in a muffin tin with liners. It filled up the entire 12 tins. I am happy to have a couple in the freezer for when the ice cream truck drives by on Saturdays. And one other plus was that I already had all of the ingredients on hand!

  20. Any idea of trying this with carob powder…daughter has food allergies and trying to find things to make as she already feels left out due to her extent of allergies…Thank you for your site..been very informative!!

  21. We make these often. My kids just enjoyed them for a little treat. I made them with almond milk and soy yogurt. I also added all the ingredients to my vitamix and added some chia seeds, flax seeds and some spinach…whirled it up and they never know! Thanks for a great recipe!

  22. I wanted to tell you, first, how much I love these fudge pops. Second, that I just discovered that the cocoa and syrup mixture is perfect for chocolate milk!! We are big chocolate milk fans and I always thought there was something “off” about Hershey’s syrup flavor. I’ve told my husband to enjoy his last bottle of it, as I will be making and bottling my own from now on. It actually taste like cocoa (go figure)!

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hello Kayla. The sweetness in this recipe comes from maple syrup which is a far better source of sugar than any refined choice. These are considered a treat and not an everyday indulgence. ~Amy

  23. This is the only way I have figured out how to ask questions. I cannot find another way to contact you. What kind of drinks (juices, etc) do you give your kids to drink?

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Kristi. For school lunches, we typically just pack water. At home Lisa’s kids usually have milk or water with meals and, very occasionally, 100% juice. My kids typically drink water or sparkling water with a splash of juice, almond milk, and fresh orange juice, at times, for breakfast. ~Amy

  24. 2 stars
    Made these and tasted them today…hate to say they were not a hit. Followed exactly and they just tasted like cocoa powder.

  25. I just made these for the 4th time. We used soy milk due to a dairy allergy. This time though – I added an avocado instead of yogurt. The batter tasted delicious! I can’t wait to try them frozen. What a great way to sneak in even more nutrients!

  26. Will they work without the maple syrup? Wasn’t sure what purpose it served and pure maps syrup can be a little expensive.

  27. We just made our first batch. They taste bitter to me. We may try honey next time, plus maple syrup is costly, but having my kids eat healthy is worth the extra cost. We milk our own goats, so we have plenty of milk and yogurt on hand. Our yogurt is a tad bit runnier than stir bought, so we’ll see how that effects them. Thanks for the recipe!

  28. I’ve made these several times and love them, but since they call for a cup of maple syrup and I get the jug from Sams (for $13), it still works out to a tray of fudge pops costing around $4, which seems like a lot to me for homemade. Are there any better deals on maple syrup?

    1. The recipe calls for 2/3 cup and we cut it back to 1/2 cup with little difference in taste. After the first few times we also stated making half batches cuz the full recipe makes way too much, but now its more affordable

  29. Thank you thank you for this recipe. I can’t wait to try it!! My husband and four year old have been asking for a chocolate pop and I had no idea how I could make them “real.” So excited and will be trying these ASAP, I have all the ingredients already.

  30. Your reading my mind. My kids have been asking popsciles lately and I can’t find ones that are real food. I have taken to making apple sauce and juice popsciles but they are getting bored of that. Fudge ones are perfect!!! Thanks so much!!

  31. I just made these with all yogurt (half plain, half vanilla stonyfield), and the “batter” tasted delish! Can’t wait until they freeze! I also put them in Dixie cups with sticks, because that was what I had. We will enjoy them after a sprinkler run this afternoon! :)

  32. Just ordered some Zipzicle sleeves and will have to try this in them. I’m sure it will be great. Thanks!

  33. 4 stars
    I made these for my kids and they loved them (ages 5 & 3). My husband thought they were awful and I found them bitter. Taste nothing like the fudgecicles I grew up eating. However, they are healthier, easy to make and the kids enjoyed them, so I’ll keep making them.

  34. What kind of cocoa do you use? Brand? And do you happen to know if it (or something comparable) is available on Amazon? Thanks!

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Nikki. Lisa has used Hershey’s Special Dark. If you do a quick search for organic dark chocolate powder on Amazon, you will find many options. ~Amy

  35. They were a little too bitter for me. I could really taste the maple syrup. My neighbor’s kids loved them, though.

  36. Just found your website a couple of days ago and I am so happy I did! We are trying some of your recipes this week (some will be modified due to food allergies and family preferences); but I love that they are Real Food and simple to make! I will definitely be picking up the ingredients to try this one too! Thank you for the inspiration!

      1. Boy do I feel like a dummy! I’ve been using agave because I thought it was natural. How can they get away with labeling it raw agave when it isn’t?

      2. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

        I know absolutely nothing about labeling laws but do know that marketers can be pretty shrewd. I am married to one. :) ~Amy

  37. Enjoy your vacation! If you are visiting the Netherlands, you are welcome to join us (mom, dad and three year old girl) for dinner. Been following you on Facebook and love it!

  38. I want to love this website so much…. I really do! And I’m finding great ideas for my kids, but it’s hard to feel good about what *I* eat when my choices are dictated by an allergy. Does anyone know if this recipe will work with milk alternatives?

  39. These are pretty good although I prefer to put chocolate avocado pudding in my Popsicle molds. They don’t melt as quickly and so not as big of a mess and I like the taste better–just another option :)

  40. I just made some with these 3 ingredients and the kids LOVED them: bananas, nutella, and coconut or almond milk! EASY and delicious!

  41. I have made these twice and they are awesome, way better than the store. My kids think they taste like B&J Brownie icecream. I used Cacoa Barry Extra Brute (Dark) cocoa powder (ordered from amazon, stoneyfield organic whole milk plain yogurt, and organic whole milk. My mother in law made them with the same yogurt and milk but with Hershey Dark cocoa and my kids say they weren’t as good. Invest in quality chocolate! The only problem I had was the sticks pulled out, even after freezing overnight. I ran them under cold water a little but that made them melt. I never have this problem with ice pops, so it must be the dairy. Next time I will try just leaving them on the counter for a few minutes. Awesome recipe!

  42. 5 stars
    I made these and was thrilled with how easy & yummy they were! I used plain greek yogurt & whole milk for extra richness. They turned out so well I was inspired to make a coffee-flavored version. Used greek yogurt, approx 1 tsp instant espresso powder dissolved in a little warm water, heavy cream instead of milk, & stevia powder to taste instead of syrup. They’re fantastic & satisfy my love for coffee ice cream without the sugar.

  43. Jennifer Parlett

    Great fudge pops! I tried them yesterday and they taste great. I have a question though… How do you prevent the settling that occurs? I took them out of the mold and there were two different layers. One was dark chocolate and the other layer was lighter.

  44. I made these with soy milk instead of regular milk and yogurt. My kids devoured them! My in laws bought a thing of plain soy milk that no one would drink. I have a dd allergic to dairy, so the substitutes worked out perfect. Thanks!

  45. I am so excited to try these out! Thank you!!!! I went to the Molly’s suds website to see if I could get a sampe but I can’t spend $2.95 on a sample!!! I must be way to cheap ; ) Hope you have a wonderful vacation! xo

  46. Can you tell me what brand of unsweetened cocoa you use. I have been looking for a dark variety and have not had any luck.

    Thank you! Looking forward to trying this recipe.

      1. Thank you for the reply Anna. I made the fudge pop with Hershey’s Special Dark and they came out delicious!!

  47. OMG!!! I just made these and they are soooooo good!! I didn’t have enough maple syrup so I used what I had left and used honey for the remaining amount. I also used regular cocoa powder, not the dark. Super delicious!! I will use special dark cocoa powder next time! Thanks for the recipe:)

  48. Where did you find those adorable two-sided cloth napkins? I must get my hands on some! :)
    Great recipe- can’t wait to try it out!

  49. Lisa and team,

    Thank you so much for this fun recipe! I am a foster mother of a little boy who struggles terribly with allergies. He unfortunately was a fetal alcohol/meth baby and was found eating out of the trash at 21 months. We started following your blog about two years ago, and from the bottom of my heart, thank you for the education you’ve provided our family. After switching up our little man’s diet, his allergies problems greatly improved, his physical developmental delays greatly decreased, and he has blossomed into a beautiful, healthy little boy who loves banana pancakes! Thank you so much for your hard work and all the education you’ve provided our family! You’re helping in much bigger ways than just diet! We appreciate you!

    Sincerely,
    Taylor

  50. I’ve been craving chocolate popsicles, so this couldn’t have been better timing! I made them today, but they’re still freezing. I drank the extra liquid that wouldn’t fit in my moulds and found it a bit strong, especially for my very young kiddos. But, to be fair, I didn’t follow the recipe exactly. In the end, I dumped it all back in the bowl and added some more milk and then water. I think they’ll be perfect and I can’t wait to serve this [fairly] healthy treat!

  51. 5 stars
    We just finished eating the fudge pops! I changed the milk to almond milk and used greek yogurt instead. Delicious!

  52. Have a wonderful trip! I am currently reading “French Kids Eat Everything” and am so inspired by their culture of food. Enjoy!

  53. Thanks for sharing. We made these TODAY after seeing the post. My toddlers don’t get many sweet treats, so thank you so much for providing ideas I can feel good about.

  54. Tried these tonight modified for dairy free and they worked great. We used vanilla coconut milk and plain coconut yogurt.

  55. What a perfect recipe to find! We are 3 months into our real food transition and my kids have been asking for chocolate popsicles. I can’t wait to surprise them with this recipe this weekend.

    On a side note – have a wonderful time in France! That’s my top country that I hope to visit someday. I am sure you will enjoy some fabulous food!

  56. 5 stars
    Hi Lisa,

    These look yum!
    I wanted to thank you for taking to trouble to create a blog and share your life with the world. We are South Indian, living in the UK. Most of the traditional food we eat ( we are vegetarian, no egg either) has to be cooked at home, and cannot be store bought. After a long day at work, I usually resented the fact that I HAD to cook from scratch, every day.
    You have inspired me to see the advantage in my style of cooking and eating. I have the same job, and the same time I did before, but I cook happily, and am so much more at peace now.
    I always wish you and your family family well. I am sure your beautiful girls will inherit the legacy and cherish it!
    Have a safe trip.
    Lots of love,
    Mythri

    1. Wow, I am so glad to hear that our blog could have such an impact on you. Feedback like yours is exactly what keeps me going! :) Thank you for sharing.

  57. As I’m reading this I just happen to be siting here with my kids enjoying homemade fudgesicles! We just got the zoku maker because of a recommendation from a friend. It seems to be working well! The kids loved having popsicles with no waiting:). Now I want to try your recipe in there!

  58. I am very excited to hear that you are going to Paris and will be exploring French food! I am a college student who loves following your blog and I am currently studying abroad in Tours (an hour and a half southwest of Paris). I am living with a host family who cooks for me so I do not have a say in any of the food that I eat. Nonetheless, I am lucky because my host dad has a huge garden and all of the vegetables we eat are from his garden, so that is good enough for me right now. However, I am served foods like croissants, macaroons, and other French delicacies that are very delicious, but also make me a little nervous. I am eager to hear how you experience French culture and if you have any tips on how to enjoy French food but still feel good about what I am eating!

  59. JayDee (Debbie)

    oh thank you so much – the kiddos will love helping make these (and hopefully eating them)
    and how exciting! a trip to paris with the family ;-)

  60. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness!!! The BEST Caprese salad I ever had was in France in a small cafe. The husband made the cheese and they’d grown the tomatoes in their own garden. I’m drooling thinking about it! Enjoy your trip, and I hope you get out of the city and into the wonderful countryside!

    And I think these fudge pops are going to make their way into my freezer sometime very soon…

  61. I would LOVE it if you could come back with some great recipes for healthy french sauces!! Enjoy the patisseries!!!!

  62. OMGosh! I can’t wait to try these, for the kids I mean. wink, wink! I am a choco-holic and I am always looking for healthier recipes. Thank you thank you thank you!!
    PS – Have a great time in Paris!!

  63. These look really good! I have an unrelated question, where did you get the little towels the girls are holding or did you make them? They’re adorable, probably too cute for my boys to use but I would like them for myself.

  64. Hello, I LOVE reading your blog and getting good recipe ideas! I have a 2 year old and a 1 year old. The 2 year old is, sadly, more picky about what he eats, and he is also (very sadly) allergic to dairy, egg, and peanut. The allergies + pickyness drives me absolutely nuts sometimes, but we are trying very hard to eat healthy foods and lots of whole foods. That being said – do you think that I could substitute rice milk or coconut milk in this recipe? How about coconut milk yogurt (or any other non-dairy yogurt substitute? I would probably have to use chocolate coconut milk yogurt, I have not found plain). Thank you for your help! :)

    1. My oldest is lactose-intolerant, so I was thinking of trying this with vanilla almond yogurt and plain or vanilla almond milk.

  65. 4 stars
    Will definitely be trying these- thanks!

    And Paris- how amazing- enjoy, and can’t wait to see what you offer up from your trip. I have family moving to Japan next year and am determined to make it for a visit!

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