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Dairy Free Dark Chocolate Popsicles (aka Fudgesicles)

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Craving a chocolatey frozen treat? Make these dairy free, soy free, and peanut free Dark Chocolate Popsicles (aka Fudgesicles) for a cool treat that’s healthier than store-bought

image collage of dairy free gluten free chocolate fudgesicles.

Since the weather has been warming up quite a bit lately (yesterday was in the 90s!!), I decided to re-do one of my older recipes for dairy free dark chocolate popsicles (or fudgesicles, whichever you’d like to call them!). Oddly enough, I had originally posted these in February 2012, but the cold weather wasn’t stopping me from enjoying a frozen treat!

dairy free grain free chocolate fudgesicle with a bite taken

When I decided to re-do my old chocolate popsicle recipe, I made a few tweaks to the recipe and I tried to make this with a vegan option using agar powder, but the texture was a bit off. If you want to make this recipe vegan, you can use agar powder (or skip it altogether), but if you use agar, make sure you use less than the amount of gelatin since it doesn’t take much agar to thicken things.

dairy free dark chocolate fudgesicle popsicles on a white plate

I decided to make these popsicles a bit creamier, so I used canned coconut milk. This also makes these chocolate popsicles not quite as dark or bitter as the older ones, so you don’t need to use as much sweetener. Bonus!

One other change was that I decided to skip the cooking step altogether and use the hot water method to dissolve the gelatin. No standing over a hot stove in the summer! I kept the old recipe at the bottom of the post so you can refer to it if you have been here before and are looking for the old recipe 🙂

stack of dairy free gluten free dark chocolate fudgesicles

This is an allergy friendly version of a classic frozen Fudgesicle treat. I love the non-dairy fudge bars I find at the store occasionally, but they can be a bit expensive. Making your own allergy-friendly popsicles is budget-friendly, plus you can make them healthier by using your favorite non-dairy milk and sweetener (like honey or monk fruit extract).

close up photo of dairy free creamy chocolate fudgesicles

I used canned coconut milk for creaminess, but if you want to cut calories and fat, you can also try using non-dairy milk from a carton (like almondmilk, rice milk, or coconutmilk), it just won’t be as smooth.

You can have a little fun with this recipe by swapping out the vanilla extract for some other extracts, like orange, peppermint, or raspberry. Adding chocolate sprinkles would also be fun!

Craving a fruity popsicle instead of a chocolate fudgesicle? Check out our Pomegranate Popsicles and my Strawberry Mango Popsicles!

two creamy dairy free chocolate fudgesicles on a white plate

Recipe adapted from Fudgy Pops recipe from Health.com (the original recipe is no longer on the Health website).

Dairy Free Dark Chocolate Popsicles (aka Fudgesicles)

Craving a chocolatey frozen treat? Make these Dairy Free Dark Chocolate Popsicles (aka Fudgesicles) for a cool treat that’s healthier than store-bought
Dairy free, gluten free; Free of: soy, eggs, peanuts
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate fudgesicle, chocolate popsicle, dairy free popsicle
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Freeze time: 6 hours
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 9 popsicles
Calories: 125kcal
Author: Sarah Parker, adapted from a recipe from Health.com



  • In a small heat-proof bowl or cup, combine the boiling water with the gelatin. Whisk until the gelatin dissolves, then let stand for about 5 minutes.
  • Whisk the mini chocolate chips into the hot water gelatin combo until the chips melt. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the coconut milks, cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla, and Stevia drops (if using). Whisk until combined. 
  • If the cocoa powder is difficult to mix smoothly into the coconut milk, you can use an immersion blender (or a regular blender) to mix things smoothly.
  • Combine the gelatin mixture into the coconut milk mixture and whisk together by hand. 
  • Portion the mixture evenly among popsicle molds. With my molds, this fills about 9 molds, but depending on what size molds you have, it may fill more or less. 
  • Place in the freezer. Freeze for at least 6 hours or overnight. Enjoy!


If you are vegan, you can try using agar agar here instead, although I cannot guarantee how the recipe would turn out


Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 29mg | Potassium: 97mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 0.6mg
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Older recipe for Dark Chocolate Popsicles (Fudgesicles)

Makes 4 popsicles


  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk or almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
  • 1 Tablespoon Stevia in the Raw
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Place the milk in a small saucepan and whisk in the gelatin, Truvia, and cocoa powder. Whisk thoroughly until everything is dissolved in the milk. Heat until the mixture comes to a simmer.
  2. Remove from the heat and stir in the chopped chocolate and the vanilla extract.
  3. Portion the mixture evenly among 1/4 cup (2 ounce) molds (it will fill 5-6) and place in the freezer. Freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight. Enjoy!
  4. Notes: If you are vegan, you can try using agar agar here instead, although I cannot guarantee how the recipe would turn out

Some of the photos from my original post:

Craving a chocolatey frozen treat? Make these dairy free, soy free, and peanut free Dark Chocolate Popsicles (aka Fudgesicles) for a cool treat that's healthier than store-bought - @TheFitCookie #dairyfree #grainfree #glutenfree #popsicles
Craving a chocolatey frozen treat? Make these dairy free, soy free, and peanut free Dark Chocolate Popsicles (aka Fudgesicles) for a cool treat that's healthier than store-bought - @TheFitCookie #dairyfree #grainfree #glutenfree #popsicles

26 thoughts on “Dairy Free Dark Chocolate Popsicles (aka Fudgesicles)”

  1. For the new recipe, can you swap the lite coconut milk for something else? I don’t have the lite one and I’d really like to make them today!

  2. Could I use coconut palm sugar instead? I have never used it and I am not sure how or when it should be used but I was wondering if I could substitute it for the Stevia?

    • HI Julissa! You can use coconut palm sugar in this recipe if you like. Make sure it completely dissolves so your popsicles don’t get crunchy. Coconut palm sugar can replace granulated sugar in just about any recipe (except high temp candy making), and it will lend a richer flavor similar to brown sugar in your recipes. It’s a great alternative to white sugar since it’s not highly processed, but it is sugar, so I would still use it in moderation.

  3. im lactose intolerant and I can’t wait to finally have a chocolate Popsicle again. I love how you can just substitute the diary aspects of this recipe!

    • Hi Courtney, you could use flavored gelatin in this recipe I suppose! You could mix flavors if you like, just watch that they may end up really sweet since they would have twice the sweeteners in them

  4. Oh my goodness…thank you for this great recipe. We have been wanting to make fudge pops for a while now but all seemed to involve pudding mix. Yucky. Love that this could use almond milk and stevia! I am sure it has much less sugar than pudding mix kind or store bought. Thanks again.

    • 5 stars
      I loved them! These taste so wonderful! We love everything about the taste but I was wondering if I cut the gelatin a little it might make it a little less like frozen pudding, maybe more like a fudgsicle? My kiddo wasn’t crazy about the texture when it started to defrost a bit. Any ideas???

  5. 5 stars
    Mine are in the freezer now! Kids are excited! I used 1 tbs Great Lakes gelatin, 2 tbs coconut sugar and Enjoy Life chocolate chips. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. What form of stevia did you use? Liquid or powder or packet? They are all different strengths… and could I sub with honey or agave? If so, how much? Thank you!

    • Hi Angie! I used the Truvia or Stevia powder in this recipe since it will be dissolved with the gelatin, but you can use liquid Stevia if you like. I would add a few drops at first and taste-test to adjust to your liking. You could definitely use honey or agave in this recipe, just start with 1-2 Tablespoons and taste-test to see what you like. It shouldn’t change the texture at all using honey or agave instead, but I haven’t made this with honey or agave so I can’t say for sure. Let me know how they turn out!

      • 5 stars
        Ok, so I must not have a taste for too dark a chocolate, because even with two tablespoons of honey, I still added two packets of stevia and a tablespoon of maple syrup! I know that sounds awful, but that being said, the texture and taste of these pops is quite good! Very much a “pudding pop” consistency!

        • I am glad to hear these turned out for you! If you want more of a milk-chocolate flavor, you could always reduce the cocoa powder a little bit as well. Thank you for sharing how it turned out! 🙂

          • Yes, I thought about that after tasting them, and next batch I will do just that! Thanks for your recipe, it’s a keeper!!

    • Hi Beth! In the recipe it calls for “milk of choice”, meaning you can use any milk you choose, such as coconut, almond, hemp, oat, or rice milk. Also, in the post, I said that I used coconut milk from the carton in this particular recipe.


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