Vanilla Cream Popsicles with Brownie-Toffee Crunch {Gluten Free!}

Vanilla Cream Popsicles with Brownie-Toffee Crunch {Gluten Free!} |
  • Vanilla Cream Popsicles with Brownie-Toffee Crunch {Gluten Free!}
Posted on April 24, 2015

Disclosure: I am an ambassador for Rodelle, which means they occasionally provide me with ingredients to use in my kitchen. As always, all opinions expressed are 100% my own. I only recommend brands and companies that I love and trust, and I am forever committed to sharing quality recipes and products.

Last week I was all like “it’s summer!”. I wore flip flops, got a tan, grilled the heck out of things, drank sangria and made a dizzying array of popsicles.

But now. Not so much. I’m currently curled up on my couch under a big fluffy blanket. It’s kind of embarrassing. I just sort of “went for it”. And now I’m being forced to consume popsicles while wearing a sweatshirt and closed toes shoes. Can you imagine the horror? It’s bad.

Hopefully you live somewhere warmer so you can enjoy these Vanilla Cream Popsicles with Brownie-Toffee Crunch in the way that they were meant to be eaten: outside in the sun with sticky fingers. Yeah. That sounds pretty good to me.

You know what else sounds pretty good? How about the fact that these popsicles are totally gluten free. Boom! I used my favorite flourless brownie recipe, because I didn’t want anybody to have to miss out on this popsicle train ride. But while these brownies may be sans flour, they certainly aren’t lacking in the chocolate department. I made them with a mix of chopped chocolate and Rodelle Gourmet Baking Cocoa, which gives them a really intense, over-the-top chocolate flavor.

And to give these popsicles a bit of texture, I sprinkled in some toffee pieces. Because it’s all about the contrast of the chewy brownie and the crunchy toffee. You know what I’m talking about. And see those little black specks? I used an entire scraped Rodelle Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Bean in the milk mixture for maximum vanilla goodness. It’s pretty awesome.


So summer. You can come back anytime now. I’m ready for you.

In addition to sharing these dreamy popsicles with you today, I also have some fun news to report: I’m officially a Rodelle Brand Ambassador! Woo hoo!

I could not be more excited to be a part of the Rodelle Team. Not only do they make some of the most high quality pantry essentials available, but they also have a strong commitment to social and environment issues. For example, did you know that their entire facility is powered by wind and other alternative energy sources? That’s pretty cool! So when you reach for Rodelle products, not only are you putting the best stuff in your recipes, you’re also doing a little something extra for our planet and the people in it. And that is something we can all feel good about.

Also, I feel pretty good about popsicles. Even if it’s not quite summer yet.



Recipe inspired by Lady and Pups

Vanilla Cream Popsicles with Brownie-Toffee Crunch {Gluten Free!}

Yield: Makes 10-12 popsicles, depending on molds

Vanilla Cream Popsicles with Brownie-Toffee Crunch {Gluten Free!}


  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed
  • 8 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon Rodelle Gourmet Baking Cocoa
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 Rodelle Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Bean
  • About 1/2 cup chopped toffee


  1. Make the brownies. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8 X 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper, letting some hang over the sides (you will use this to lift out the brownies later). Spray the parchment paper with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Turn the heat down to low and add the chopped chocolate, stirring with a wooden spoon until the chocolate is completely melted. Remove from the heat. Stir in the salt and the sugar. Then stir in the eggs one at a time. Add the cocoa powder and corn starch and stir the batter vigorously for at least 1 minute. The batter will appear lumpy at first, but will smooth out as you stir. Pour the batter into your prepared baking pan and bake in your pre-heated oven for 25-28 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the brownies cool completely in their pan. Once completely cooled, crumble about 1 1/2 cups worth of the brownies. You will not use all the brownies for this recipe. But I think you know what to do with the leftovers (hint: eat them!).
  3. Add the milk and the sweetened condensed milk to a microwave safe bowl. Using a small paring knife, split the vanilla bean in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds, adding them to the milk mixture. Whisk briefly. Microwave the mixture for 30 seconds on high. Whisk vigorously. Then microwave for an additional 30 seconds and whisk vigorously again. This helps to incorporate the sweetened condensed milk and separate the vanilla bean seeds.
  4. Assemble the popsicles. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of the milk mixture into your popsicle molds. Transfer the molds to your freezer for about 30-40 minutes to give the milk layer time to firm up slightly. Add some brownie crumbles to each of the popsicles molds. Don’t fill the molds completely at this time. Using something long and skinny, like a straw or a butter knife, gently push the brownies down into the mold. But don’t pack them in too tightly. You want some spaces (the milk mixture will fill in the spaces). Sprinkle some of the toffee pieces over the top. Then repeat, adding more brownie crumbles and then toffee pieces, until the molds are almost filled. Whisk the milk mixture and then pour in enough of it to cover the brownie-toffee layers, filling the molds until it the liquid reaches the top.
  5. Place the popsicle in your freezer and allow the popsicles to partially set (about 1 hour) before inserting wooden sticks or dowels. Continue to freeze until completely solid, about 6 hours.
  6. Remove the popsicles from their molds before serving. You can run a little warm water over the molds to help loosen the popsicles from their molds.


1. I found when I tried to completely fill my popsicle molds with brownie pieces, they would frequently get stuck at the very bottom, making it difficult to remove the popsicles neatly from their molds. So this is why I freeze a small amount of the milk mixture at the bottom first, giving the brownies a small “base” to rest on.


  • You totally sound like me, Liz! Last Friday it was almost 80 and then this week it’s been in the 40s and 50s, which has caused me to retreat back to warmer blankets and clothes. These popsicles sound delish! I love the brownie toffee in here, sounds amazing!


    • Oh man. We need to bundle up and pout together then. I want summer back!!

  • Ugh, right?! Our weather changed drastically too and I am NOT pleased about that. So I’m going to go on strike and rebel from winter by making and eating ALL of these popsicles. Take that, winter!


    • Sounds like a good plan, Sarah!

  • Liz, I hear you on this crazy weather. . one day it’s sunny and gorgeous, and literally the next day, snowing again. In April. Congrats on being a Rodelle Brand Ambassador! Looks like you are in great company! Congrats and love these popsicles!!!


    • Thanks, Alice! I certainly am in good company! 🙂

  • Brownie + toffee in my popsicle?! Don’t mind if I do! It was getting suuupah warm-like here for a hot minute, but it’s raining currently. No matter – it’s always popsicle weather in my book! Love these and congrats on becoming a Rodelle ambassador!


    • Yup. Popsicles all day, every day. XO

  • These look insanely delicious! It’s been super warm weather here in London recently and I’ll eat frozen treats at any time of year so definitely shooting these straight to the top of my ‘to make’ list!


    • That’s awesome to hear, Kate! I hope you love them! Jealous of your warm weather!

  • It has been warm and sunny for a few weeks, but it is raining here the next 2 days. Not coplaining though, California REALLY needs the rain! Ummm, these are amazing Liz! I love all things toffee. It’s my favorite type of candy. Can’t wait to make these popsicles!


    • Yeah, you are not allowed to complain about the rain. Because I’d like to still have produce to eat in 5 years. It’s scary how bad it is. Eeek. I’m going to console my fears with popsicles…

  • You know I love these, they look incredible!!


    • I knew you would, Matt!

  • Perfect popsicles! We’ve been stuck in a cold bit of weather, here too! BUT, I’ll be making these soon (it has to come eventually). 🙂


    • Eventually, right? I sure hope so!

  • I am right there with you sister! Last Friday I was sitting outside, sipping on an iced mint mocha and today I’m inside, under a blanket, hiding from the rain/snow/sleet that is falling from the sky here (why?!). Crunch in popsicles just makes it WHOA BABY and toffee pieces make me swoon. LOVE. Have a good weekend friend!


    • WHHHHYYYY is right. I’m totally pouting. I need to make myself feel better with popsicles. And a cocktail…

  • hahaha! It’s the same here… i was ready to put away my cold weather clothes and suddenly I have to get back into my sweat pants! Still have cravings for Ice cream though! These popsicles are worth it though… honestly it’s got everything beautiful! Brownies, Toffee and Vanilla cream! My brain is not giving me a choice, but to make it!


    • Well, then I think you best listen to your brain! 🙂

  • Don’t worry, summer is on the way. She just likes to make a big entrance 🙂 LOVE those popsicles. I wouldn’t mind eating them no matter what the season or temperature outside! Pinned!


    • Oh yeah. I secretly (actually, not so secretly) eat frozen treats all year long. There is no stopping me!

  • Holy yum!!! I am SO making these this summer…


    • That’s what I like to hear, Marissa!

  • I feel your pain! It *was* summer here all week, until today…and the week-end is going to be cold, too…always cold on the week-end!! These popsicles look to die for, whether or not you get to enjoy them in the sun! Love all those amazing flavors you packed in there!


    • Thanks, Denise! I’m crossing my fingers for warmer weather for all of us!

  • Congratulations on your partnership with Rodelle! These popsicles are fantastic!! I would need to make a double batch of these as they won’t last long!


    • Ha ha! Yes, a double batch would definitely be better!

  • Oh yeah, same here… flipflops last week, sweaters and rubber boots this week! Crazy! It wouldnt matter, though, what time of year it is… I can eat these popsicles year round! Delicious!

    WooT WooT on your Ambassadorship, Liz! So excited for you and the whole team! Excellent work, my dear!


    • Thanks, luv! I’m glad to be in such good company! 🙂

  • I don’t know that it’s “eat popsicles outside wearing shorts” weather here, either, but I am totally down for eating popsicles under the covers. I mean, how could I possibly wait for it to get warmer for these!?


    • Oh yeah. Waiting is very overrated!

  • These look so beautiful! I love all the big chunks of dark chocolate. Yum!


    • Thanks, Kristen. Those are my favorite parts as well! 🙂

  • Oh my gosh – we’re having the exact opposite weather situation right now! It’s so darn hot here and we don’t have AC. I tried to shoot ice cream and it turned to soup after one click. So basically what I’m TRYING to say is – can you send all the popsicles to me?? I want to eat five of them right now – they sound so good!


    • I would love to send you popsicles, Sarah! And you can send me some of your hot weather in exchange!

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