MYO Quick & Easy Healthier FUDGESICLES!

by Tammy Taylor

 

Aaaahhhh, summer fun.  Picnics, swimming, baseball and cookouts.  Who doesn’t love summer?  But summer in Texas also means hot, hot, HOT!  Of course living & working on a ranch means that RancherMan & I work outside during these dog days of summer so we’re always looking for ways to keep cool.  A few weeks ago I started playing with recipes for making my own healthier popsicles.  I used RancherMan as a very willing guinea pig for several batches until I perfected it.  (Taste-Testing Homemade Fudgesicles?  RancherMan’s got a tough job, huh?  Poor guy!)  I wanted to make my own popsicles for several reasons:  They’re healthier, produce less landfill trash, are much less expensive and c’mon let’s be honest – it’s EASY!

Quick And Easy HOMEMADE FUDGESICLES: Healthier, less landfill trash, much less expensive and c'mon let's be honest - it's EASY! #TaylorMadeHomestead

So that we wouldn’t have to go through quite as many popsicles while searching for the perfect balance of chocolate & sweet I cut the ingredient quantity down so I was only making 6 popsicles per batch.  The first attempt was waaaaay too sweet (and prepare yourself for this) too chocolate.  Whaaaa…??? Is it even POSSIBLE for something to be TOO chocolate??  Stay with me now – although I love all things chocolate, the cocoa was so overpowering that even though the fudgesicle was too sweet the cocoa made the popsicle almost bitter.

The second batch was better, but the flavor of the yogurt was a little too prominent for my taste.  And although the cocoa proportion was improved I also wanted more intensity in the actual chocolate flavor. Hummm…  back to the drawing board I go.

Today is batch 3 – and I think we’ve got a winner!  RancherMan declares that these are not as icy as previous batches, more creamy with a good balance of sweet & chocolate.  Here’s what I did:

I like to mix everything into my large 4-cup glass Pyrex measuring cup – it just makes everything easier since it already has a handle and pouring spout.  I start out by mixing the cocoa & yogurt together first because I think the yogurt helps blend the powdery cocoa more thoroughly.   Since I make my homemade yogurt  in 1/2-pint canning jars (which measures 1 cup) I don’t even need to measure it, just plop it into the bowl with the cocoa and get to blending.  After the yogurt & cocoa are thoroughly combined I simply refill the yogurt jar with skim milk to get a 1-cup measure & add it in.  Finally I add the other ingredients into my bowl – local honey for a natural sweetener, vanilla for flavor and coffee to intensify the chocolate flavor.  Oooh really??  Chocolate AND coffee in the same recipe?  Oh my, I’m in heaven!  Now all that’s left to do is mix until it’s all thoroughly combined. Yeah, you can see how I slave in the kitchen for this cold summer treat but that’s just me – I’m a giver!

Quick And Easy HOMEMADE FUDGESICLES: Healthier, less landfill trash, much less expensive and c'mon let's be honest - it's EASY! #TaylorMadeHomestead

I already have a convenient pouring spout to pour the fudgesicle mixture into my popsicle molds so filling them is a snap.  After they are all filled I just place the molds in the freezer until they’re frozen and ENJOY!

Quick And Easy HOMEMADE FUDGESICLES: Healthier, less landfill trash, much less expensive and c'mon let's be honest - it's EASY! #TaylorMadeHomestead

Of course now that we finally have a keeper recipe I’ll be doubling the ingredients to make 12 fudgsicles at a time.  HEY – don’t EVEN act like you wouldn’t do the same!  😉 I love that I can give RancherMan the sweet cold treat he craves and that it’s much healthier than store-bought versions since it uses wholesome ingredients and is sweetened with local honey.

Without further adieu – my slaving-in-the-kitchen homemade fudgesicle recipe follows.

Quick And Easy HOMEMADE FUDGESICLES: Healthier, less landfill trash, much less expensive and c'mon let's be honest - it's EASY! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Homemade Healthier Fudgesicles (fills 12 popsicle molds)

When it's hot, hot, HOT outside, make these delicious chocolatey Fudgesicles.  Healthier & cheaper than their commercial counterparts and oh-so-refreshing!

Author Taylor-Made Homestead

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 cups low-fat yogurt
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons coffee

Instructions

  1. Mix all together in a mixing bowl until thoroughly blended. Carefully pour into popsicle molds and place in the freezer for 3-4 hours until frozen. ENJOY!

~TMH~

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42 thoughts on “MYO Quick & Easy Healthier FUDGESICLES!

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  4. JES

    These are just the kind of recipes we like! Chocolatey but healthy (if possible ~ smile). I have saved this! Thank you for sharing this week on the Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth! 🙂

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  5. Elaine

    Oh Yummy!! Great for Summer!! Thanks for linking up on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday Link Party!! Hope to see you again tomorrow!! Love partying with you!! Pinned!

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  6. The Ninja Baker

    Like Goldilocks, it looks like the 3rd one was the perfect recipe =) Thank you for your scrumptious and healthy fudgesicles. (Stopping by from the What’s On the List party.)

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  7. Elaine

    Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! I love having you! Hope to see you again on Thursday! Pinned!

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  9. The Rural Economist

    These sound great. Thanks for linking up at the Homestead Blog Hop. I shared this so I could find it again. Hope to see you again this week.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Awesome – thanks for the share! My grandbabies are coming for a visit this weekend and there’s sure to be much of this cool chocolatey deliciousness prepared for them to enjoy! ~TMR~

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  10. Kelly @ Mum-bo-Jumbo

    What a super simple yet tasty recipe? It is winter time here in Australia however I can’t wait to try this recipe when it warms up – pinned for future reference! Stopping by from the party over at What’s on the List

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Yes Kelly, they’re a delicious cold treat, thanks for the pin. Give ’em a try! ~TMR~

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  11. Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh

    I think I’ll take my morning coffee in fudgesicle form in the morning! These sound yummy!

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  12. Bernadyn @ B is For...

    I have all these ingredients right now I can ‘t wait to try this. We’ve been loving anything sweet and cold this summer so I’m glad to see this. Now following on FB and sharing on my FB page and pinning!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      That is so awesome Bernadyn, thanks! These fudgesicles really do hit the spot when the weather turns hot. Give ’em a try. ~TMR~

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  13. Chrsytal @ YUM eating

    I had those same popsicle molds. I bought a few and broke them all. LOL Thanks for linking at #stoptheyuck and I hope to see you again this week.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      I have a 6-pk of the Tupperware popsicle molds and I *LOVE* them, but the fudgesicle recipe I was working with made about 12 fudgesicles so I had to go out & buy some cheap ones to see me through. I was pretty disappointed with the performance of these (but they are pretty and make for a great picture!) I’m currently looking for more of the TupperWare sets but they’re not made anymore so I’m searching in garage sales, etc.

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  14. Susan

    Hello fellow Texan! It’s blazing hot down here near the Texas Gulf Coast. I am in Victoria. I have made popsicles but never tried making fudgesicles. Thanks for your recipe. I will give it a try! Big Texas Hugs, Susan and Bentley

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Well HOWDY Fellow Texan!! I love all things chocolate so I set out to find the perfect balance of chocolate & sweet for a cold refreshing treat. Give ’em a try, you WON’T be sorry. And hey, stay cool down there at the coast! ~TMR~

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  15. Joanne T Ferguson

    G’day! Thanks for sharing via our #SayGdayParty! Reminds me of childhood yum! Please make sure to come back, leaving comments on some people who also attended the party and of course we hope you are following us on Pinterest! Cheers! Joanne

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  16. Nicole Ramage

    You had me at cocoa. I love fudgesicles but most of the knock-offs you find just don’t taste as good as the originals. I’ll have to try these.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Nicole, these fudgesicles are delicious and a pretty healthy treat considering they’re made from wholesome ingredients. Gotta love that! ~TMR~

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  17. Cynthia Landrie

    Yum! Those look fantastic! Perfect for hot summer afternoons. Thank you for linking at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you again next week.

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  18. Tracy

    You had me won with the addition of coffee. These sound great. I use to make my own Popsicles many years ago. Might give it a go again.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      I KNOW TRACY, RIGHT??! Chocolate and coffee in the same treat has GOT to be a winner!! ~TMR~

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  19. Susan -ofeverymoment

    Hi Tammy I just stopped by from the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop – this is the second of your posts that I have clicked on! I am glad to have found your website – following it on Google+ now. My post today is a farm memory as well – of my grandparents farm in Pennsylvania. And guess what – their last name was Taylor!

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    1. Susan -ofeverymoment

      Hi Tammy I just stopped by from the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop – this is the second of your posts that I have clicked on! I am glad to have found your website – following it on Google+ now. My post today is a farm memory as well – of my grandparents farm in Pennsylvania. And guess what – their last name was Taylor!

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      1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

        Oh Susan, I’m so glad you stopped by! I loved your post about the electric fence – LOL! ~TMR~

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  20. Cathy Kennedy

    Oh the hardships our husbands must endure for those busy hands in the kitchen. This sounds like a great recipe and one I would like to try. Have you tried making these with sugar or a sugar-free sweetener? My husband is allergic to honey. 🙁 It was great meeting you this Wednesday! I’m now following you. Curious as a Cathy

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      I’ve only used honey Cathy. I try to take about a tablespoon of local honey each day for seasonal allergies, I usually mix it into my morning yogurt. Although I make my own yogurt, I’m now making it twice as often because RancherMan’s so fond of these fudgesicles. And hey, I guess I’m still having my yogurt & honey, just having it frozen with a little cocoa! LOL ~TMR~

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  21. Cheryl

    I found this lovely recipe on the In and Out of the Kitchen link party and thought I’d stop by. I am currently doing a call out for no-bake recipes on my recipe link party, The Yuck Stops Here and would love it if you would bring this recipe and any of your other no-bake favorites to the party! The party starts tonight (Tuesday) at 8pm ET and can be found on my blog, Hot Momma’s Kitchen Chaos. I hope to see you there! HUGS

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