Making Classic Fudge Pops with the Zoku Quick Pop Maker

May 19, 2010 · 28 comments · Print This Post

in Ice Cream / Frozen Treats, Products, Reviews

My cousin Amanda and her husband Eric gave CK and I the Zoku Quick Pop Maker as a housewarming gift last month. How cool are they?! Even though this funky gadget intrigued me thoroughly I probably never would have purchased it for myself as my inner skeptic would have inevitably won out over my inner shopaholic. Fortunately for those of you suffering through a similar bout of “should I or shouldn’t I buy this crazy contraption” turmoil I’m happy to let you know that this popsicle maker isn’t just hype. It actually works!

I’ll admit it. My jaw literally dropped to the floor when I pulled out my first fudgesicle completely intact and literally glistening with cold. I was completely prepared for a soggy mess to land on my kitchen counter but instead I ended up with 8 richly dark treats. There was one chocolate casualty but that was more “Erin error” than anything I can blame on the pop maker.

If you do decide to pick up a Zoku Quick Pop Maker of your very own please make sure to read the instructions VERY carefully. When it says that you can’t use sugar-free liquids, not to fill the pop maker past the indicated lines, and that each batch takes a little longer to freeze during subsequent pop sessions they mean it. You should also keep in mind that you can only make nine pops at a time so don’t expect to whip up oodles and oodles for a crowd.

As I wasn’t sure if the pop maker would work I decided to keep my first experiment pretty straight forward hence the Classic Fudge Pops. What they lack in the looks department is definitely made up for in taste. This recipe yields a super rich fudgecicle with a creamy texture. These aren’t Healthy Choice treats by any stretch of the imagination so I’d try to keep the serving size to one a day. In order for CK and to manage this I wrapped each frozen pop in wax paper and placed them in the freezer. Then when we want a little post dinner dessert we just have to walk over to the refrigerator.

I’m definitely looking forward to trying out more recipes in the Zoku Quick Pop Maker. I’m especially intrigued by their suggestion to make layered popsicles. In the meantime though you can certainly make the below recipe with any old pop molds or paper cups with popsicle sticks that you have on hand. You’ll just have to wait a few hours to enjoy them instead of ten minutes.

Classic Fudge Pops

Originally published in Ice Pops: Recipes for Fresh and Flavorful Frozen Treats by Shelly Kaldunski
Yields 6-9 ice pops

1 3/4 cups half-and-half
1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tbsp malted milk powder
1 tbsp light corn syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
4 oz semisweet chocolate, finely chopped

In a saucepan, combine the half-and-half, cocoa powder, malted milk powder, corn syrup, vanilla, and salt. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, and cook until the cocoa and milk powder have completely dissolved. Remove the mixture from the heat and add the chopped chocolate. Stir until the chocolate has completely melted. Let cool to room temperature.

If using conventional ice pop molds, divide the mixture among the molds. Cover and freeze until solid, at least 4 hours or up to 3 days. If using sticks, inset them into the molds while the pops are partially frozen, after about 1 hour, then continue to freeze until solid, at least 3 more hours.

If using an instant ice pop maker, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to fill the molds and freeze the pops.

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Alejandra May 19, 2010 at 10:30 pm

I love this! I really want to try them out. So cool to know that it works!


2 Kathy - Panini Happy May 20, 2010 at 12:21 am

So glad to know this thing works – bought one for my sister-in-law for Christmas!


3 Julie May 20, 2010 at 8:25 am

How fun is this! They look delicious! I am adding this to my “wish” list.


4 Kristen B May 20, 2010 at 8:27 am



5 Liz Anderson May 20, 2010 at 9:13 am

10 minute pops?! What will they think of next????

I wonder if you can puree a can of cling peaches and pop that in the mold? Instant, healthy, cold!


6 jaci February 6, 2014 at 6:42 pm

I have done it.


7 PaintingChef May 20, 2010 at 10:03 am

I see this, every month, in Williams-Sonoma and every month I think… MAN.. I really want to try that! I could make PUDDING POPS!

Well now I guess I have to get one… those look too too delicious.


8 Priscilla Smith May 20, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Great post! I have 2 pop makers and we love them. I just got one for a friend of mine from the new Zoku website and it came in 2 days. They also have extra sticks on their site which I got. I made a bunch of pops and brought them to a party last weekend and it was a hit. Definitely a great product!


9 Monica H May 22, 2010 at 1:13 am

I’ve seen this and while I am somewhat of a skeptic, it’s the price that gets me. I just can’t do it. besides I like buying bunches of different popsicle molds and sticks 🙂


10 Michelle May 22, 2010 at 9:36 am

Oh my gosh, this is a totally amazing gadget!


11 joan May 23, 2010 at 1:25 pm

Yum! So easy too!


12 Kelly May 24, 2010 at 4:54 pm

What a totally fun gadget!


13 Jen @ Tiny Urban Kitchen May 25, 2010 at 1:00 am

Cute! I used to love the vanilla “fudgse-cicles” when I was a kid. I still can’t believe you can make these so quickly with this thing! Wow.

It was nice meeting you today, btw. 🙂


14 sarah June 20, 2010 at 8:38 pm

I made these tonight, with evaporated milk instead of cream, and they probably weren’t as creamy as they could have been, but they were delicious and healthy 🙂 So much fun!


15 Jim December 25, 2010 at 8:04 pm


You have to pay extra for a recipe book!

I’m returning it under warranty as I feel that the recipe book should be supplied!



16 sugarplum April 11, 2011 at 9:37 pm

AMAZING! i actually made 12!


17 Julia August 16, 2011 at 2:39 am

I just got this as a birthday gift from my husband! I’m soo excited about it! My plans for today’s pops are Greek yogurt with honey and fruit (I’m thinking banana & blueberry) and a coffee/mocha variety (iced coffee with sugar & cream with dark chocolate chunks). Wish me luck, it’s my first attempt today. Will let you know how they worked out.


18 cass December 8, 2011 at 9:39 am

love mine…your recipe looks good but I don’t know about the corn syrup. can you use something else to sweeten it? Maybe honey?


19 jaci February 6, 2014 at 6:44 pm



20 LJ June 29, 2013 at 8:43 pm

These pops stuck in my Zoku- any tips?


21 nancy April 16, 2014 at 6:26 pm

i have the Zoku, but not the directions, only whats on the side, what did i do wrong? i could not get the popsicals out, i used yogert, right out of the container??? Help!!!


22 Meg July 16, 2014 at 10:00 pm

Help! I made this recipie tonight and could not get the pops out of the zoku! Either the stick comes out or half the pop is left at the bottom. Any tips?


23 Cathy DeMarco August 17, 2014 at 7:59 pm

I used this recipe, and cannot, for the life of me, get them out! I cool the mix in the fridge until cold, wait about 14 minutes in the zoku, which had been in the freezer for days, and the stick comes out without the fudge pop! It works fine for any other type of pop, but not the fudge. What am I doing wrong?


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