Homemade fudgesicles anyone!? Yes please! They’re super easy to make using chocolate Jello pudding. Who would have thought that instant pudding would work so well to make fudgesicles!?
These homemade fudgesicles are perfectly flavoured, super fast to put together, and best of all: it’s less than $2 for a big batch of homemade fudgesicles!
I used an Amazon popsicle mold – but if you don’t have one, or if you don’t want to invest in one, IKEA has very affordable popsicle molds, or you can even use Dixie cups, like I did last week in my easy rainbow popsicles recipe.
I made these homemade fudgesicles yesterday and we’ve already eaten half the batch. My 9 year old loves them! She had one this morning at 7am as her pre-breakfast snack while she was watching TV. Normally my kids drink milk first thing in the morning, and these are made with lots of milk, so I don’t feel too bad.
Okay, so maybe I feel a little guilty for feeding my kids popsicles at 7am, but I just didn’t feel like getting the milk this morning. These fudgesicles were the next best thing and the kids are LOVING them!
I love how perfect these homemade fudgesicles look!? I’ll include tips for removing the popsicles from the mold in the tutorial below. I know that part can definitely be tricky, but with a few tips, it’s super simple.
When I was a kid we used to have fudgsicles all the time. My mom LOVED them! And now that we have an awesome popsicle mold, I’m predicting lots of fun flavoured popsicles coming up in our summer this year!!
Homemade Fudgesicles Recipe Using Jello Pudding
The full printable recipe is at the end of this post, but here’s a list of affiliate links to products on Amazon showing what you’ll need:
- Jello Chocolate Instant Pudding
- Popsicle Mold (This is the exact one I used)
- Food Grade Popsicle Sticks
Any brand of instant chocolate pudding should work, but make sure the box says 4 servings (usually 1/2 cup each) on the box.
I also used food grade popsicle sticks. I really don’t know if they need to be food grade? Or if there’s something wrong with regular craft sticks? If you can get the food grade ones though, it’s probably safer.
Make sure your mold and popsicle sticks are ready to go before you get started. The pudding sets in a few minutes, and if you can’t pour the pudding, you won’t be able to get it into your molds.
Prepare the pudding according to the package directions, except add more milk. My package of pudding asked for 2 cups of milk, but I added 2-2/3 cups of milk.
Adding extra milk will do two things:
- It will stretch the pudding further so you can fill a 10 slot popsicle mold. (Each of my popsicle slots holds 3 ounces of liquid)
- It will give you extra time to work with the pudding so it stays liquid enough to pour into the molds.
My batch of pudding fit PERFECTLY in the molds. I was able to fill all 10 popsicles until they were about 1/4 inch from the top without any leftovers.
The popsicle mold has a fancy aluminum cover that goes over the popsicles. In the top of it, there are holes for the popsicle sticks. I pushed the popsicle sticks into the mold, until they were about 1 inch from the bottom. If you push them all the way to the bottom of the mold it doesn’t give you very much popsicle stick to hold onto at the end, so make sure you don’t push them down too far.
Put the mold in the freezer and wait for the chocolaty goodness to set! I think they’ll freeze in about 4 to 6 hours? But I left mine overnight, so I’m not sure exactly how long it takes.
How to remove homemade fudgesicles from the mold?
When you take the popsicle mold out of the freezer, the fudgsicles are not going to budge when you try to pull on the sticks. Don’t worry! This is normal. They just need to melt ever so slightly so they can slide out of the mold.
There are 2 ways you can easily do this:
- Run the popsicle you’re trying to remove under warm water. Then grip the popsicle tightly with one hand, and pull the popsicle stick with the other hand, squeezing slightly with the hand holding the popsicle to squeeze it out of the mold.
- Alternatively, you can fill a tall plastic container with warm water, then dip the mold into the water for about 7 seconds. Then again, grip the popsicle tightly with one hand, and pull the popsicle stick with the other hand, squeezing slightly with the hand holding the popsicle to help it come out. With this method, as long as the sides of your water container are thin enough, you can “dip” two popsicles at a time in the water.
The popsicles look SO GOOD when they come out of the mold! I don’t know why I didn’t buy a popsicle mold earlier!?
We’ve made a lot of popsicles over the years here at One Little Project! Here are a few of our favourites:
I really LOVE how even, uniform and perfect the fudgsicles look. They look like they’re store bought, except you can fill them with whatever you like. 🙂
And these homemade fudgesicles taste DELICIOUS! Seriously, they’re so good. I’m a pretty big fan of chocolate pudding, and it tastes just as good when it’s frozen. It’s an awesome, refreshing summer treat!
Homemade Fudgesicles Recipe
- Popsicle mold
- 10 Popsicle Sticks (food grade)
- 1 package Instant Jello chocolate pudding (113 gram or 3.9 ounce size)
- 2 2/3 cups milk
- Make sure your popsicle mold and popsicle sticks are clean and ready to go before you start.
- Whisk together the pudding mix and the milk until smooth.
- Pour the pudding into each slot in the popsicle mold until it’s about 1/4 inch from the top.
- Put the lid on the popsicle mold (if it has a lid). Push the popsicle sticks into each popsicle until they’re about 1 inch from the bottom.
- Place the molds in the freezer for about 6 hours or until completely frozen.
- Run the molds under warm water to help remove the fudgesicles.
If you want to see what happens when you use VANILLA pudding, check out our post from last week, How to Make Easy Rainbow Pudding Pops Using Dixie Cups.
These homemade fudgesicles are SO EASY to make using Jello chocolate pudding. And they taste sooooo good! They’re perfectly fudgey and delightfully refreshing for a hot summer day! This is such a fun summer recipe and a great recipe for kids!
This post was originally published on June 12, 2019.
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