Filed under: Frozen / Summer
July 17, 2020

Chocolate Ice Cream Pops

No churn ice cream pops surrounded by a crunchy chocolate shell, served popsicle style!

chocolate vanilla swirl soft serve chocolate shell ice pops

Creamy, easy one bowl no churn ice cream pops surrounded by a crunchy chocolate shell, reminiscent of chocolate dipped soft serve cones! 


chocolate vanilla swirl soft serve chocolate shell ice pops


Chocolate and Vanilla Swirl Ice Cream

One of my favorite things to treat myself to, at any time of year, is a chocolate and vanilla soft serve. You know, the iconic tall swirly kind you can only get from the ice cream truck. Since we moved closer to the city I have been finding them more often as there are tons of food trucks lined all around the National Mall area where we occasionally go to take my daughter to play. The trucks are there as early as cherry blossom season when it’s still cold and we will often all share one wrapped in jackets and scarves and it’s totally fine because it’s the best thing ever.

We didn’t get to do much of that this year because of covid; the mall was closed off during cb season and even now as the temperatures are rising (it’s currently over 90F and I hate it lol) we aren’t going out as much. So I found a way for us to have them whenever we want; possibly even better than the hit or miss of the truck. They lack the charm and background song but these cups are so creamy in a way that you can only get by using real ingredients.


chocolate vanilla swirl soft serve chocolate shell ice pops


No Churn Ice Cream Pops

I’ve been on a no churn train for awhile now. There was brown butter peanut butter, and then there were a ton of pint jars with all the different flavors that were spilling out of my freezer. At one point I thought, what if I made an ombre version like these cupcakes? And that is what you see in the photo above (with these cookies courtesy of KAF). They were so good!! The inside ice cream reminded me so much of the beloved soft serve. I made another batch again a few days later, trying to make a stacked cookie ice cream cake and I was smitten again.

I had ice cream leftover from the loaf (because tbh it was more cookie than ice cream, lol) and I knew I wanted to add the crunch of chocolate. So I made some ice ‘pops’ I guess you call them? I don’t know, but I will tell you as much as I love my popsicle mold I knew it would not work on these because the ice cream is SO SOFT and getting them out would be impossible. So I made them in muffin tins, with crunchy chocolate on top and the bottom to kind of hold everything together and they were just perfect. Kind of like homemade magnum ice cream bars!



chocolate vanilla swirl soft serve chocolate shell ice pops

Homemade Ice Cream Pops

Sometimes I will go through the effort of removing popsicles from the mold while standing next to the freezer and moving quickly so they don’t melt but also carefully so they stay pretty, then dipping them in chocolate all with baited breath that they come out camera ready for IG, but I have no patience for that these days with two little ones all over me all the time and a husband trying to get work done via zoom in our bedroom (seriously, can I just go to the bathroom to pee without chaos breaking out and him needing to leave the call to find out what all the screaming is about?!).

So here’s the thing; these have ALL the charm of a soft serve ice cream dipped in chocolate but have NONE of the hassle of actually making it in the shape you would get from a truck also, nbd you can pronounce all my ingredients. And, I’m going to be bold and say these might even be better than the truck! Here’s the 1,2,3:


chocolate vanilla swirl soft serve chocolate shell ice pops

How to make no churn ice cream pops

  1. make the vanilla base
  2. separate into two and add chocolate to one
  3. melt chocolate, add to bottom of muffin liners
  4. layer the vanilla and chocolate ice cream
  5. top with more melted chocolate, freeze!

chocolate vanilla swirl soft serve chocolate shell ice pops

Ingredients to make homemade ice cream pops

heavy cream & sweetened condensed milk: the basis of the no churn. Avoid the fat free scm because it won’t be as creamy.

salt & vanilla: I give you measurements but you can make it more or less to your taste.

chocolate & coconut oil: For the ‘shell’. Use semi-sweet or dark, something between 45%-78% cocoa solids.


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Tips to make ice cream pops

  • Keep the heavy cream cold until it’s time to whip. Whip to medium peaks, when you see the beaters aren’t making as many ripples. Don’t overbeat.
  • For the chocolate layers on top and bottom, try not to make them too thick so they don’t become difficult to bite through once frozen.

Equipment you’ll need

  • a muffin tin
  • muffin liners (I used these tulip shaped ones so I could go taller and wouldn’t have the lines on the sides)
  • popsicle sticks or craft sticks 


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Homemade Ice Cream Pops Recipe


Chocolate Ice Cream Pops

No churn ice cream with a chocolate shell, served popsicle style
ice cream pops
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Yields: 12


  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk 396g
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups heavy cream 480g
  • 300 g dark chocolate chopped finely, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil divided


  • Ready a muffin tin with 12 cupcake liners.
  • Melt half of the chocolate over a double boiler or in a microwave, stirring every 20 seconds. Remove from heat when it's mostly but not fully melted, stir until it's smooth. Add 1/4 tsp coconut oil.
  • Use a squeeze bottle or a spoon to add a thin layer of melted chocolate to the bottom of the muffin liners. Set in the freezer to harden.
  • Whip the heavy cream to medium peaks using a whisk attachment on the stand mixer. Switch to a paddle attachment, add the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla and salt. If you'd like something other than vanilla, add 1/2 cup of a nut butter or nutella. You can also split the mix in half to layer it into the muffins and flavor one or add something like crushed oreos or sprinkles. This is your no churn ice cream.
  • Fill the muffin cups almost to the top with the ice cream. Set in the freezer for at least two hours to harden a bit.
  • Melt the other half of the chocolate, as directed above, and add 1/4 tsp coconut oil. Spread a layer of chocolate over the hardened ice cream.
  • Place craft sticks in the center of the cups. Freeze overnight. These will keep for months in the freezer. Once they are hard you can transfer them to an airtight container to keep them from freezer burn.

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  1. Have you tried no churn ice cream with a dairy free milk? I was just challenged to make chocolate covered ice cream bars with almond or coconut milk due to a cows milk allergy. The timing on this is perfect and as always love your technique and tips.

  2. I’m dying to make these! We don’t love chocolate ice cream (I know!). Any other thoughts about flavors (pb, oreo, pb cup) for the other layer? Thanks!

    • Hi Sally! Well I wouldn’t skip the chocolate bottom and top – that is what keeps it all together and holds the stick in place. For the ice cream, you could totally add other flavorings. One I tried recently was ground oreos (it tastes like a mcflurry!) and if you do a nut butter I’d say you can add about 1/4 – 1/2 cup.