Big name ice cream bars have nothing on these homemade, no-churn minty and chocolatey Mint Fudge Ripple Ice Cream Pops with a dark chocolate coating!
Do you remember your neighborhood ice cream truck? Ours would start some time after Memorial Day and circle round the neighborhood until October or so. You could hear the music blasting a few blocks away and the excitement would build. The ice cream man is coming! All the kids that were planning outside would suddenly scramble indoors begging for money or searching the couch cushions for loose change.
My mom swears, I would run to the curb with my hand outstretched wide and yell STOOOOOPPPP!! Clearly, I really wanted to get his attention but I think the gaggle of kids who lived on our block was sign enough he had business to attend to. Our ice cream man was awesome, not only did he have the usual fair of ice cream bars and popsicles but he had candy. Candy you guys, which meant not having to leave home to get your summer sugar high.
You’d think the ice cream loving child that I was would always leave his truck with something dripping with chocolate or nuts or both but nope for some reason I always went for the snocone. Looking back, that was a stupid mistake. It’s sugared ice water but back then I was all about that rock hard frozen treat.
I like to think that part of me was just holding out hope that my dad would suggest ice cream after dinner and we’d drive on over to our favorite soft serve spot. I wouldn’t want to get called out for having ice cream twice in one day after all. My guess is that I really just liked sugary treats.
Back to that soft serve joint, J&A’s ice cream. I loved it and looked forward to them opening up every summer. They would only stay open for about 3 months out of the year but to this day it’s still some of the best soft serve I’ve had. My order was always the same, a vanilla cone with chocolate dip and rainbow sprinkles. You have to have the sprinkles. It was always a sad day when they closed up for the season, it meant summer was finally over for good.
Part of me likes to think of these ice cream pops as an ode to my favorite ice cream truck and that soft serve joint growing up. While J&A’s didn’t serve any fancy flavors, their chocolate dip was on point. Plus the ice cream dribble down your chin and arms you experience with these pops brings you back to when you were a kid again.
This is also the first time I’m trying my hand at no-churn ice cream and I totally get it. The ice cream is creamy and light and extremely easy to make. The recipe turns out a ton of pops, so it’s perfect for a party! Unless you live in our house where they barely survived a few days, Braden described it as chocolate covered yummies.
Did I mention double the chocolate? Besides the chocolate on the outside, you have the mint fudge ripple surprise on the inside. It’s a chocolate lovers dream.