The post was originally published here on April 24, 2015. I’ve since updated the photographs and adjusted the recipe slightly. I hope you try out these fun Summer treats!
I’m saying a big HELLOOOO to Summer with these Gluten-Free Vanilla Cream Popsicles with Brownie-Toffee Crunch. Come and join me!
These popsicles are everything a popsicle should be. They have a rich, creamy base. And every single bite is filled with soft brownie chunks and crunchy pieces of toffee. I made damn sure of that. Because I hate it when I have to “dig around” for the good stuff. You feel me?
I used one of my favorite flourless brownie recipes for the brownies because it’s SO deeply chocolatey and decadent. The fact that it also happens to be gluten free is an added bonus. The recipe makes a standard 8 X 8-inch pan of brownies, and you’ll probably only use about 1/3 of the pan to make the popsicles. Which means you’ll have leftover brownies. But I think you can figure out a way to deal with this “problem”.
But if you don’t want this “problem”, you can purchase a couple brownies from your favorite bakery and use those instead!
The exact number of popsicles you’ll get will depend on the size/shape of your molds. I typically get 10-12 popsicles from this recipe using this mold. Filling them isn’t really an exact science. It’s kind of just something you have to eyeball.
If you’re going to be serving these up at a party, I recommend removing all the popsicles from their molds, placing them in a single layer on a wax paper-lined baking tray and keeping the baking tray in your freezer until they’re ready to be enjoyed. This makes it a lot easier to just grab one or two popsicles at a time. And you won’t run the risk of the other popsicles getting melty!
I’m hoping to make a few more popsicle recipes this Summer. Any suggestions on what I should try next? Fruity? Boozy? Crunchy? Let me know your thoughts!
Gluten-Free Vanilla Cream Popsicles with Brownie-Toffee Crunch
For the Brownies:
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed
- 8 ounces dark chocolate, roughly chopped
- 3/4 cups granulated sugar
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- About 1/2 cup chopped toffee pieces
For the Popsicle Base:
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk
- 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
- 2 ounces cream cheese
- 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
- Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8 X 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving some hanging over the sides. Then spray the parchment paper with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Turn the heat down to low and add the chopped chocolate. Stir with a wooden spoon until the chocolate is melted. Then remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the sugar and salt.
- Add the eggs one of a time, stirring between each one. Then add the cornstarch and the cocoa powder and stir the batter vigorously for about 1 minute. The batter will appear lumpy at first, but it will smooth out and become glossy as you continue to stir it.
- Pour the batter into your prepared baking pan and transfer to your pre-heated oven. Bake for 25-28 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the brownies cool completely in their pan. Then once completely cooled, crumble about 1 1/2 – 2 cups of the brownies and place in a medium bowl. Add the toffee pieces and toss to combine.
- Divide the crumbled brownie-toffee mixture among your popsicle molds, filling the molds about 3/4 full. Don’t pack the brownie-toffee mixture down into the molds. Let there be space between the ingredients. Set aside.
- Add all the ingredients for the popsicle base to your blender and blend on high until combined. Then slowly pour this liquid mixture into your popsicle molds until the liquid comes to the top and covers the brownie-toffee mixture. Insert popsicle sticks and place your popsicle molds in the freezer. Freeze until the popsicles are completely firm, about 6-8 hours. Once completely frozen, the popsicles can be removed from their molds and enjoyed.
Recipe inspired by Lady and Pups.
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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Ooooh It’s that time of year already! I’m glad you reminded me of these scrumptious pops, Liz. I’m totally craving brownies now (and popsicles!) Beautiful!
Definitely ready for warm weather and all the frozen treats!