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Fudgesicles Are My Favourite!
Fudgesicles are the brand name of frozen chocolate on a stick and even better is making your own homemade fudgesicles.
I have very fond childhood memories of my Grandma's candy store in Nova Scotia. My grandma owned a corner store that had one of those big glass counter top cases full of penny candy. You got a little bag and you filled it full of candy but that was not my favorite thing believe it or not. My grandmother also had a freezer and in it were Fudgesicles!
If it wasn't for my Mom putting a limit on the number of fudgesicles I could eat I am sure I would have made myself sick consuming them.
Now I have discovered that it's actually quite easy to make these frozen treats.
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 1/2 cups milk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon butter
- In a small pot, combine the sugar, cornstarch, cocoa, and milk.
- Cook on medium until it becomes thick.
- Remove from heat and add the vanilla and butter and stir till its well combined.
- Place in popsicle molds and freeze until firm.
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Fudgesicles Just Taste Good!
I could eat these frozen treats forever. As a child I was always asking my Mom to buy me just one more.
My Mom had a strict rule about paying for the things in my Grandma's store; after all this was how my grandmother made a living. But my Grandma would often treat us and sneak us the treats we liked best. That's what Grandmas do.
I still love fudgesicles and I will buy boxes of them at the supermarket. I have tried many fudgesicle recipes and although nothing compares with the chocolate popsicle of my youth, the recipes above come very close. I'm not sure why that is, perhaps the recipe was different back then or it was just that special youthful enjoyment of a favorite treat.
The History of Frozen Treats
Did you ever wonder how we came to eat these frozen treats on a stick? It all started with a mistake by a little boy in California in 1905.
Little Frank Epperson was enjoying some water mixed with soda powder on his front porch when he ran inside and forgot about his drink. He left it there all night with the wooden stir stick in the glass.
When young Frank found it in the morning it was frozen solid with the stir stick jutting out like a little handle. He ran some hot water over the glass (much like we do today when eating homemade popsicles) and out came the frozen treat.
He started to make them for his friends and as an adult he made them for his kids. He called them "Eppsicles" after the first few letters of his last name but his kids called them "Popsicles" because their "Pop" made them. That became the name that stuck.
Frank knew he had something worth patenting and filed for a patent in 1923; about 18 years after his childhood discovery. It was an instant success!
However, Frank never did become rich with his popsicles and he eventually sold the rights to them to the Joe Lowe Company in New York City, At the time of selling the rights, Frank was penniless; he was obviously not a good business man.
The company went on to grow the brand and even developed the double stick popsicles during the depression so children could split it in half and share it for the same price as a single ice pop.
Frank could probably have used some help from the Shark Tank back then!
Fun Popsicle Facts
- There are more than 30 varieties of popsicles today
- Two billion popsicles are consumed yearly in America
- The most popular flavor is Cherry
- The brand expanded to include Popsicle, Fudgesicle, Creamsicle and Dreamsicle.
- Popsicle brand is owned today by Good Humor (Unilever)
Sugar Free Fudgesicles! - Healthy Protein Option
The one drawback with fudgesicles is that the commercial variety tends to be high in sugar. Below is a recipe for some super healthy protein fudgesicles. These are being prepared in the green popsicles molds that are excellent for this frozen treat.
Why Do Things Melt?
When the temperature increases the molecules that make up the object start to jiggle and dance and loosen their grip on each other.
They are still attached but much more loosely at this point thus forming a liquid and if things keep heating up they will eventually lose touch with each other altogether and evaporate!
More complex objects with more molecules do not melt, but if the heat is turned up long enough, they may just burst into flames!
The Only Problem with Fudgesicles: They melt!
Fudgesicles in the News!
Here is Nicolas Cage's experience with a Fudgesicle Eater!
"It was two in the morning. I was living in Orange County at the time and was asleep with my wife. My two-year old at the time was in another room. I opened my eyes and there was a naked man wearing my leather jacket eating a Fudgesicle in front of my bed".
"I know it sounds funny ... but it was horrifying."
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