Reason why my job is weird: I had to take a well placed bite out of a vegan fudgesicle first thing in the morning because the lighting was right for photography.
Reason why my job is awesome: I had to take a well placed bite out of a vegan fudgesicle first thing in the morning because the lighting was right for photography.
I mean really, what other excuse could I muster up for having a fudgesicle for breakfast? This was the perfect one!
You know how those traditional store-bought fudgesicles are unique in the popsicle world, as they have that amazing frozen creamy chewy fudge texture to them? Well I figured out exactly what the key is to get that unique texture: cornstarch.
What's that now? Yes, the key to the creamiest vegan fudgesicles with that classic bite, is to basically make chocolate milk, but then cornstarch is added to the mix which thickens the milk into a fudge sauce. When frozen, it doesn't freeze completely hard like a fruit juice popsicle would, but it instead has this amazing chewy creamy fudgeiness that will make you fall in love with every single delicious bite... even first thing in the morning.
Welcome to my new favourite treat of the summer!
To make The Creamiest Vegan Fudgesicles: in a medium sauce pan, whisk together the non-dairy milk, coconut milk, sugar, cocoa powder, and cornstarch over medium heat. The powders might float on top like this, but will come together as it heats up.
Bring to a simmer whisking often, and cook for 3 - 5 minutes until the sugar has dissolved, and the mixture thickened into a fudge sauce. Remove from heat and whisk in the vanilla extract.
Look at that fudgey deliciousness!!
Pour the fudge sauce into the molds and freeze overnight. I used a mold similar to this one, but any popsicle mold will do.
As with any homemade popsicle, if they are difficult to remove from the mold, you can run the mold under warm water for a minute to help release the fudgesicles.
The Creamiest Vegan Fudgesicles
- 1 ½ cup non-dairy milk, (such as soy or almond milk)
- 1 cup full-fat coconut milk, (the kind in a can)
- ½ cup white sugar
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a medium sauce pan, whisk together the non-dairy milk, coconut milk, sugar, cocoa powder, and cornstarch while cold. Put over medium heat and continue to whisk. It will come together as it heats up. Bring to a simmer whisking often, and cook for about 3 minutes until the sugar has dissolved, and the mixture thickened into a fudge sauce. Remove from heat and whisk in the vanilla extract.
- Pour the fudge sauce into the molds and freeze overnight.
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These look delicious and I can't wait to make them! Do you think I could sneak some nut or seed butters in, too? Considering trying them with a vegan chocolate protein powder, but I think I'll make the changes one step at a time, LOL!
Jess @ IDTLC Support says
Yes, I bet nut or seed butter would be a great addition!
Just made a sugar free version of these and they turned out amazing! I was a little concerned the sugar was necessary to get the full creaminess but they were perfect. I used "Just Like Sugar". I also put the leftovers in tiny ice cube trays for bite sized treats.
These are too good. I started out eating them when my blood sugar was low but they’re so addictive I’ve been making a batch every other day. I tried them with Truvia instead of sugar and while the taste was ok they didn’t seem to thicken up on the stove and when frozen they were really hard. I’m just going back to sugar. I literally eat these all day. Also your vegan egg salad is unbelievable. I’m hooked.
Hi, can I use agar flakes or powder instead of cornstarch?
O.M.G. These are DEEELICIOUS, Sam! Just the right amount of "chewiness", not hard-packed ice as some store-bought ones can be. Thank you thank you thank you! Definitely will be a KEEPER and in constant Summer rotation. I haven't even given one to my bf yet and I know he will FREAK OUT about how good these are!!! Easy to make,too. I won't tell him THAT! Haha! I always have these ingredients on hand. I used cacao instead of cocoa,too BTW. Num num num!!!!
Delicious and easy to make! The whole family loves them!
Abi Elvins says
So, so, soooo good and a doddle to make. These are flying out of the freezer! Yay!!! Thank you for yet another fantastic, totally reliable recipe, Sam!! It's so clear how hard you work on these recipes to make them perfect.
Sam Turnbull says
Aww thank you so much, Abi, I really appreciate it 🙂
I was out of cornstarch so I made these with arrowroot powder, and they turned out great. Also added a pinch of salt. This will be my go-to recipe for these! Will try the cornstarch next time.
I can tell I'll be making these on repeat.
Way cheaper than store bought vegan popsicle. And so creamy, so fundgy, so yummy...!
For the coconut haters: you can barely notice there's coconut milk in them. Just go for it!
You must know that these popsicles and exploring seitan cooking with your recipes (the burgers and the chicken are incredible!) have been the food highlights of our quarantine. Thank you!
Beatrice Long says
These were delicious, and perfect for our recent hot, hot weather. I had quite a bit left over after filling my molds, so froze it in a bowl. Several days later, I scooped it into the blender, added some oat milk, whizzed it up, and we had the yummiest, creamiest milkshakes. Both are big hits. Thank you!
Ann Howell says
These are so good!!! Ended up having a little extra, which I just stuck in the fridge and ate like pudding 🙂 Perfect summer treat!
Love this recipe! I’m thinking that this would make really yummy ice cream in my ice cream maker.
Marilyn CALHOUN says
Super Yummy. I put in blender for 30 sec. Then cooked in microwave for 4 minutes, stirring halfway. Make sure to use 2 qt bowl so it won't boil over. Cool and pour in molds. Super easy. I have shared recipe with family and bought molds for my adult kids to make for all grandkids.
Sam Turnbull says
So happy you enjoyed!!
Greetings to you! I cannot use cornstarch. Do you know if I can substitute gelatin instead? I will prolly try it and I will check back. Thank you!
Sam Turnbull says
I would never recommend gelatin as it isn't vegan. Arrowroot powder would work perfectly as a substitute tho!
Gelatin would make them not vegan as it is made from pig bones and/or skin.
This recipe looks delicious! Do you think that using tapioca starch in place of corn starch would act the same way? I can’t see it being too far off, but I’m not sure if I would need to change my measurements at all?
Did you try with tapioca starch? Did it work out?
Hi i was just wondering what can be a sub for cornstarch. I do not have it in the house and i can't find it in my local stores. Do you have any helpful tips and tricks.
If you are outside of the US it is called corn flour. Within the US, this is a basic baking ingredient and every grocery store carries it in the baking aisle, so I assume you aren’t in the states!
Unflavored gelatin powder works great!
Sam Turnbull says
Arrowroot powder should work 🙂
These were delicious! Thank you! I used the full can of coconut milk and then added soy milk to make up the total amount, blended it and then microwaved to thicken and added a bit of salt. So good, even better than any store bought ones you can find.
AMAZING. so creamy. I used my immersion blender before putting in the stove. Everything blended amazing. Definitely making them again.
Laura G. says
I can't wait to try this recipe. I was wondering, what happens if I use lite coconut milk in the can instead of full fat? That's all I have in the pantry right now. Thanks!
Sam Turnbull says
I just won't be as creamy and might be a bit more icy. ENjoy!