Nothing says summer like a frozen treat. I can remember as a child being at my cousin’s house for a week in the summer and anxiously awaiting the ice cream truck every single day. The truck came by in the afternoon, perfectly timed with the hottest part of the day.

It was a genius plan, actually. Parents wanted their kids outside most of the day and one way to entice them to stay outdoors was the permission to purchase a frozen treat from “the truck.” Ice cream truck owners surely knew about this deal made between parent and child, and set out to satisfy both.

Today, as a mom, I embrace the lazy days of summer and enjoy creating healthy versions of what I once purchased from an ice-cream truck.

Fudge pops were always my favorite. Naturally, I wanted to recreate it for my children. I tested it with several different ingredients, and kept coming back to this simple, five-ingredient version. Sometimes the act of creating can get in the way of something that’s already very yummy. So, this is the final product and I am confident kids of all ages will have chocolate all over their faces once they sample it. I hope you enjoy.

Healthy Chocolate Pops

What you’ll need 

  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk (do not use light or fat-free as the consistency will be incorrect) 
  • 1⁄3 cup cacao powder
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of Himalayan pink salt

How to make it

Place all the ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until creamy. Pour into molds and freeze until solid.

The bottom line

These simple pops take 10 minutes to prepare, start to finish. Get creative with your molds and make this a fun craft to do with your children.

Talk to Tracy

Tracy Friedlob is the mom of two young boys and blogs at

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