America’s Best Fudge Pops
The fudge pop is a pretty interesting frozen treat, when you think about it. It’s not exactly an ice cream bar, as it's not exactly frozen chocolate ice cream on a stick. It has a gooier, fudgier consistency than chocolate ice cream, and a different flavor altogether.
The original fudge pop came around in the early 20th century, and was first known as the fudgicle. The "s" was added in somewhere along the way, and today the classic Fudgsicle as we know it is owned by Unilever and sold at just about every American supermarket. (So to those who still call it a fudgicle, you’re not pronouncing it wrong).
But what about all the other fudge pops on the market? There are fudge pops made by Tofutti, and they contain no dairy whatsoever. Others are sold by Whole Foods, Weight Watchers, and a new company called Enlightened. We put all of these brands to the test in a head-to-head blind tasting, and found a clear favorite.
In order to impartially rank all these fudge pops, we tasted them all side by side, and rated them on several parameters: texture, chocolate flavor, creaminess, and overall enjoyment factor. A good fudge pop doesn’t immediately begin to melt when it’s taken out of the freezer, melts evenly when eaten like a lollipop, and retains a little bit of chew when eaten like a candy bar.
So which fudge pop came out on top? The results might surprise you.