FUDGSICLE ORIGINAL FUDGE 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

Cooking method

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-Remove the pan from the heat, cover it, and let it cool for about 15 minutes. Place the pan in your refrigerator until the mixture is cold about 2 hours.

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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