3popspopsicle week textI’m kicking off the unofficial start of summer with a whole week of new popsicle recipes, tips, useful links, and DAILY GIVEAWAYS. Homemade popsicles are so incredibly versatile I need an entire week to explore all the reasons why you NEED these in your life this summer. I’m dedicating each day this week to a different kind of popsicle, and today it’s chocolate covered pops, probably my favorite of all.  These luscious bars fall on decadent end of the popsicle spectrum, the best end, if you ask me. Don’t forget to leave a comment at the end of the post to be automatically entered to win a different giveaway every day!  (details below)

Dutch Cocoa Popsicles with Vanilla Bean Magic Shell

My love of this kind of popsicle goes back to the ice cream truck that parked outside my elementary school… if I was lucky enough to have change in my pocket at the end of the day, I got one for the walk home.  But even the glorified memory of ice cream truck treats can’t live up to THIS bar.  This bar is a gourmet twist on the original, the inside is an impossibly dark creamy fudge, dipped  in a layer of vanilla bean flecked white chocolate that crackles when you bite into it.

Dutch Cocoa Pops with Vanilla Bean Magic Shell

The fudge bar itself is so good it can stand alone, if you want to skip the coating.  It’s got a deep rich chocolate flavor, almost bittersweet, and it’s super creamy.  Kind of a  fudgesicle on steroids.  Chocolate steroids.

Vanilla Bean Magic Shell

But if you want to add a chocolaty coating to a popsicle,  this homemade magic shell is the way to go.  It’s a simple mixture of chocolate and coconut oil, and when it comes in contact with something cold, it hardens instantly.  It makes coating popsicles quick and easy.  I chose to make the mirror opposite of the classic ice cream bar, just for fun.  This Dutch Cocoa recipe is extra deep and dark so the vanilla bean coating contrasts beautifully with it.  Coat the whole pop, or just the top half.  If you want a thicker coating, double dip.   I have a couple of other recipes for REGULAR and NUTELLA versions of Magic Shell, too, if you’re not a white chocolate fan.

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Dutch Cocoa Popsicles with Vanilla Bean Magic Shell

Yield: makes 10 popsicles


    for the Dutch Chocolate Popsicle
  • 3 squares (3 oz) unsweetened chocolate, cut in small pieces
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Dutch cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • for the Vanilla Bean Magic Shell
  • 11 oz bag of white chocolate chips
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil (not virgin)
  • 1 vanilla bean


  1. To make the popsicles: melt the chopped chocolate in a microwave safe dish for 30 seconds, then stir. If it's not completely melted, zap it again in 15 second bursts. Stir until smooth.
  2. Heat the milk, cornstarch, sugar and cocoa powder in a saucepan. Whisk to combine everything as you heat. When the milk starts to warm, add all the melted chocolate. Keep whisking or stirring until the mixture thickens and just comes up to a bubble. It will take somewhere around 12 minutes. Once it boils, take it off the heat and add the vanilla extract. Set aside to cool slightly.
  3. Fill your popsicle molds with the fudge mixture and put it in the freezer. Let freeze for 90 minutes, and then insert the sticks into the molds. Continue to freeze until solid, 4-5 more hours.
  4. To make the Vanilla Bean Magic Shell, melt the white chips and the coconut oil, which will be in a solid form, in a microwave safe bowl. Start with 30 seconds and continue in short 15 second bursts, stirring in between, until it is JUST melted. Stir to completely melt any lumps. Be careful not to overheat white chocolate, it can be finicky. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean into the melted chocolate. Stir to disperse them.
  5. Pour the magic shell into a container such as a wide mouthed mason jar. Store at room temperature until you need it. If it hardens, just give it a few seconds in the microwave and stir.
  6. To remove the popsicles from the mold, fill your sink with hot water. Immerse the mold up to, but not over, the top edge for 15 seconds. If the pops don't slide out easily, immerse for a few more seconds.
  7. Either dip the popsicles into the magic shell immediately, or put the pops in plastic baggies back in the freezer. To coat the pops, just dip right into the white chocolate. The coating will harden in seconds. You can set the pops down on waxed paper,. Once the coating is hard you can eat, or put the pops in baggies for the freezer.


I like to put a baking sheet or plate in the freezer for a short while so I have something cold to set the pops on while I coat them. Be sure to put them right back in the freezer after coating (if you're not eating right away) because while the outside will appear hard, the inside will start to melt if left at room temperature.


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  The easiest and best way to coat a popsicle is with a combination of pure chocolate and coconut oil.  The coconut oil insures that the chocolate will harden on contact with the cold popsicle.  You can use any kind of chocolate you like — dark, milk, or white.


 There are two kinds of coconut oil: virgin, and refined.  If you want a distinct coconut flavor in your coating, go with the virgin oil.  If you want to downplay the coconut flavor, use the refined.


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(I’ll announce all the daily giveaway winners at the end of the week)

Dipping Dutch Cocoa Popsicles in Vanilla Bean Magic Shell

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And here are a few of my favorite coated popsicles from other blogs (if I missed your favorite, link it up in the comments!) —

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Popsicles  from Chocolate & Carrots

Homemade Ice Cream Bars from Girlichef

Ice Cream Bar Lollies from The Patterned Plate

Chocolate Covered Toasted Coconut Pops from An Edible Mosaic

Chocolate Covered Kiwi Popsicles from Barefeet in the Kitchen


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46 Responses to Dutch Cocoa Popsicles with Vanilla Bean Magic Shell

  1. Annie says:

    I just made these and they are SO GOOD! Sinfully good! YUMMM!!! My shell mixture isn’t super smooth though so there were some small lumps on the shell. I only covered two for now and refrigerated the shell mixture to dip the other ones later. Maybe I will melt it down a little more in the microwave and whisk it to get it really smooth when I coat the other ones.

    PS: Any tips for storing popsicles? I made 6 but am not going to have guests to share with for about a week. Can they be covered with some type of paper or maybe just put in a plastic bag to prevent freezer burn? (I made popsicles before and they got too hard/frozen when they weren’t all eaten quickly enough).

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  5. These look exquisite! I can’t wait to try it!

  6. wait! there’s a vanilla bean magic shell? good lord! I need to get on this.

  7. Marilyn says:

    The perfect summer cooler!

  8. I could eat these all summer long, I love that vanilla bean magic shell!

  9. Jen says:

    The shell looks beautiful! This would definitely be a nice way to cool down while getting the chocolate fix in. Yummy!

  10. Now these…
    I have no words to describe them. My mouth is watering to much.

  11. Mary says:

    Mouthwatering…I loved FudgePopsicles as a kid…

  12. These look absolutely amazing! Thank you for including my popsicles. :D

  13. These pops are gorgeous, among other things. Would love to have one right now!!

  14. Kimberly C says:

    Those look really good, can’t wait to try this recipe!!

  15. Sue,
    I love all the things you’ve been doing with popsicles. It makes me want to go out and buy some molds.

  16. These really might be my favorites! You know how much I love chocolate – thanks!

  17. OMG, this looks so incredibly delicious. My kids would go crazy over these. Thanks for the recipe!!

  18. Love these Sue! Your ice pops are gorgeous. I want to eat them all. I guess I better get those ice pop molds to work.

  19. theresa hays says:

    If I wasn’t sold on the idea of making popsicles before, this recipe clinched the deal. Bravo!

  20. Jan Janzen says:

    Wow, you really got me with this one! I must try them!

  21. Wow! These looks so delicious. Perfect for the summer.

  22. wendy says:

    Can’t wait to try this will be making soon

  23. Diane says:

    Yum! these look awesome!! Cant wait for warmer weather to make some :)

  24. Xochi says:

    Oh this looks like heaven! That’s it, I’ve been debating about whether or not to buy a Popsicle mold, but this clinches it. Amazon, here I come!

  25. Amy says:

    Where do you come up with these ideas??? This one looks deliciously sinful. Can’t wait to see what tomorrow’s treat will be!

  26. Kate says:

    Great recipe again today. You keep me amazed at your creativity, Sue. The vanilla bean flecks in the magic shell is such a visual treat too.

    • Sue says:

      Thanks Kate — I agree about the vanilla flecks — they need to come up with a photoshop wand for vanilla bean ‘seeding’ a photo, it would be popular!

  27. Perfect recipe for summer! I have to buy some molds :)

  28. Susan says:

    Did someone say chocolate? These sound so good and I love the magic shell coating.

  29. These look amazing! I’m excited to try them.

  30. CakePants says:

    Oh my goodness, these look fantastic! That vanilla bean shell looks so luxurious.

  31. Neecy says:

    Oh my. I thought the previous fruity ones have looked wonderful. But, this chocolate one looks like a must try recipe. Your description of “fudgesicle on steroids” did it. Fudgesicles were my favorite as a kid.

  32. Shari Kelley says:

    These look heavenly! I am so excited about following your board on Pinterest as I love to make Popsicles. Can’t wait to try these and some of your other ones, too!

  33. dana says:

    wow so clever to make magic she’ll for popsicles

  34. Lauri says:

    These look amazing! Will try soon. Popsicle heaven!

  35. Emily J says:

    these look so very yummy!! I wish I had 1 (or 2) right now!!
    Can’t wait to try making them!

  36. cheri says:

    You are the queen of popsicles Sue! these look and sound amazing, I’m going to have to pick up the molds or order them online to make my own.

  37. Sandy Headtke says:

    Kids will love this. They weren’t too happy that I didn’t share the poptails from yesterday.

  38. Linda romer says:

    These popsicles look delicious. I definetly have to purchase popsicle molds, my family would love these.

  39. maria white says:

    Another one of your recipes on my list!

  40. Eloise says:

    That looks absolutely luscious.

  41. CJ says:

    Do you think these could be made with coconut milk in place of the dairy milk? I cannot have dairy anymore and I LOVE fudgesicles.

    • Sue says:

      They definitely could, CJ. You would probably want to use the Virgin coconut oil for the Magic Shell, then too, to emphasize the coconut flavor.

  42. Melissa says:

    I Love this recipe! It looks simply delicious! I cannot wait to give these a try. :) Keep them coming Love your recipes!

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