~ Only four simple, pantry-staple ingredients to make these all-natural, no-fat chocolate ice pops! These decadently rich and creamy homemade fudgesicles will keep you cool all summer long! ~
This Recipe Is: • Ready in 30 Minutes or Less (Plus Freezing) • Freezable • Make Ahead • Vegetarian • Gluten Free •
In my kitchen, there are typically three scenarios that take place when I’m testing a new recipe.
Sometimes things go really, really well. The planets align, and everything turns out exactly as I’d envisioned. I feel like a superstar. I love that.
Then there are the times when I make something and it doesn’t quite go as planned. Sometimes I feel like I just can’t win … especially if smoke billows from the oven.
But then there are the times when I’m trying to create a recipe (it’s so vivid in my mind!) – and it morphs into something totally (but fantastically!) different. (Within reason, now … it’s not like I start with a can of Spam and end up with lobster. But that would be great if that’s how it worked … )
I’ve talked about those “happy accidents” here several times.
Sure, it can be frustrating when you’ve got a great idea in mind, and things don’t work out as planned.
Except … when things go deliciously well. Like, my kids are grabbing the container and it’s a whirl of spoons and chocolate.
These fudgesicles happened just that way.
You see, once upon a time, I was trying to make fudge. I tried several different formulations. And, ummm, I seemed to be getting everything but fudge at first.
At one point, I ended up with Chocolate Lava Dip. Not that we were disappointed about that. I mean, really, lava dip isn’t a bad stop on the journey to our 4-Ingredient (No Butter!) Chocolate Fudge with Coconut!
And we also ended up with fudgesicles (but homemade, and waaaaaay healthier than the Fudgsicles® your kiddos beg for at the grocery store)!
You see, my original idea for the whole fudge thing was actually for freezer fudge (which I never did end up with). Sadly, there was nothing fudge-like about this particular version … except the taste.
My girls were actually extremely excited about this
very unexpected and unfortunate hugely successful endeavor. My oldest exclaimed, “Yummy!!! Fudgesicles!!!” as she dug in for another bite. The littlest cried out, “She’s eating it all!! I want some, too!” They loved the fudge-that-was-not-fudge!! Yes! Fudgesicles!
Alrighty then. Freezer fudge out, and fudgesicles in! (And when served on a stick they’re way more fun to eat!!) Unexpected. But … Awesome!
But once I’d snagged the photos of these yummy chocolate ice pops, cheering and happiness and dancing ensued! Joy! Glee! Chocolate!!! My little ones were ecstatic (tiny chocolate mustaches and all).
I just love those smiling faces … and if you’ve got five minutes, you can whip up a snack that’ll have your little ones smiling and dancing, too!
Yes … only five minutes to make!!
Best part … only four little, natural ingredients! (When you’re done dancing … I’ll tell ‘ya what they are!)
Ok … ready? It’s just a can of evaporated milk, plus some regular-old refrigerated milk, honey, and cocoa powder. Yes friends, that’s all it takes to make this chocolate-on-a-stick, fudgy-goodness!
- 1 12-ounce can fat free evaporated milk
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup nonfat milk (refrigerated)
- 1/3 cup honey
- Whisk all ingredients in a medium bowl until completely mixed together, making sure cocoa powder is completely dissolved.
- Divide mixture evenly among 8 three-ounce ice pop molds.
- Freeze until solid, then unmold and enjoy.