Memories of My Grandma's Candy Store
I have fond childhood memories of eating fudgesicles from my grandma's candy store in Nova Scotia. She owned a corner store that had one of those big glass countertop 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 full of frozen treats that included the most delicious treat I remember tasting as a child: the fudgesicle!
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.
Fudgesicles Are Chocolate Heaven
The name "fudgesicles" is a brand name that refers to what are basically chocolate popsicles. They are, however, much richer and creamier, with a higher milk content than a chocolate popsicle, which is more water-based.
Fudgesicles are readily available in grocery stores but can be expensive. I would often only buy them when they were on sale. However, a great alternative is to make them yourself. It's easy to do with simple ingredients that are often already in your kitchen.
- 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 over medium heat until it becomes thick.
- Remove from heat and add the vanilla and butter. Stir till it is well combined.
- Place in popsicle molds and freeze until firm.
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 she 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, but I would limit myself from buying boxes of them as I still have that terrible childhood desire to eat too many! I have no discipline when it comes to eating these treats.
I have tried a few fudgesicle recipes; however, nothing compares with the chocolate popsicle of my youth. 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 businessman.
The company went on to grow the brand and even developed the double-stick popsicles during the Great 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 grew to include Popsicle, Fudgesicle, Creamsicle, and Dreamsicle.
- Today, the Popsicle brand is owned by Good Humor (Unilever).
Sugar-Free Fudgesicles: A Healthy Protein Option
The one drawback with fudgesicles is that the commercial variety tends to be high in sugar. When making them homemade, they still contain sugar but you can control the quantity or try using sugar substitutes.
If you are looking for a health-conscious no-sugar version, then watch this video. It demonstrates how to prepare super healthy protein fudgesicles.
Fun Melting Facts
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. If things keep heating up, they will eventually lose touch with each other altogether and evaporate!
More complex objects that contain more molecules do not melt, but if the heat is turned up long enough, they may just burst into flames!
Fudgesicles in the News
Nicolas Cage's experience with a Fudgesicle eater:
"It was two in the morning. I was asleep with my wife. My two-year-old 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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© 2012 Sharon Bellissimo