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Lactose Free Earl Grey Fudgesicles: Recipe

Lactose Free Earl Grey Fudgesicles: Recipe

Fudgesicles are probably one of the most recognizable frozen treats of summer. Was there anything better than biting into that fudgy goodness as a kid, hell even as an adult? Nope! It’s been a personal favorite of mine since childhood. Despite the fact that my Instagram feed is absolutely littered with dairy laden treats like ice cream and cortados, what you don’t see in those pictures is the little red pill box I carry around with me stuffed full of Lactaid pills. With age, I’ve developed lactose intolerance and sadly need to pop those Lactaid pills before enjoying dairy. As much as a savior those pills have been to me it’s not always convenient to carry around pills all the time.

Thankfully, in this day and age there are many different lactose friendly options. From nut milks to soy it’s easier than ever for anyone with a dairy dietary restriction to enjoy themselves. In my opinion though, there are times when dairy substitutes just don’t cut it. Sometimes, you just don’t get the same satisfaction or taste  from nut milks and soy as you would from milk in certain recipes. I find this often to be the case when it comes to any sort of ice cream or other iced treats, like my beloved Fudgesicles.

Cue – lactose free milk. Just like regular milk but with Lactase added to help break down all that nasty lactose that is the source of grievances like stomachaches, gas, and bloating. I can once again enjoy my own homemade Fudgesicles but lactose free so I don’t have to eat in fear. And why not infuse it with earl grey tea while I’m at it? I am an adult now after all. Plus I just really like Earl Grey things. And something tells me you do too, because why else would you be reading this then?

Lactose Free Earl Grey Infused Popsicles: Sea Salt + Chocolate Chips + Pure Vanilla Extract

Lactose Free Earl Grey Fudgesicles: Sea Salt + Chocolate Chips + Pure Vanilla Extract = the makings of something delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 250mL Natrel Lactose Free Milk
    • Ok, so technically you could use any lactose free milk you want. You can even use soy, nut milk, or regular milk if you’re blessed to not be lactose intolerant. If you do use lactose-free milk though Natrel is definitely the brand I’d recommend. Reason being, is that it doesn’t have a sweet after taste like majority of lactose free milks out there, which is caused by the addition of lactase in order to break down the lactose and make it tolerable for those with lactose intolerance to ingest. Problem with this is that when the lactase breaks down the lactose it breaks it down into simple sugars which results into a sweeter tasting milk. Natrel lactose-free however, uses a unique fine-filtered process that instead removes most of the lactose. Hence, a lactose free milk that tastes just like regular milk without the sweet after taste. Plus, it now comes in convenient single serving sizes so you don’t need to go out and buy 4L of it. You can buy just the right amount you need for one nice glass. Perfect for this recipe.
  • 113 g of sugar
  • 15 g cocoa powder
  • 1 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 7 g cornstarch
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp loose leaf Earl Grey tea (or to taste)
    • A favorite Earl Grey tea of mine is by local Toronto company Sloane Tea. If you’re not able to get your hands on some though I would also recommend the Earl Grey tea from Harney and Sons. Both are high quality and give a smooth flavor. Also, just as a heads up, 2 tbsp of loose leaf tea makes a pretty intensely earl grey flavored fudgesicle. Use less tea if you prefer a more subtle earl grey flavor or more if you want it to be even more intense.
  • disposable filter tea bags for loose leaf tea (optional)
    • Some disposable filter tea bags like the ones here work great for when we will need to infuse the milk with tea. It’s completely optional though the only difference is that you will have to add an extra step to strain out the tea leaves afterwards. Or you could use tea that already comes in their own tea bags.
  • popsicle molds
    • I used these ones because I wanted mine to be as close to the classic Fudgesicle shape as possible, but any popsicle molds of your choice will do.
Lactose Free Earl Grey Infused Popsicles: Sloane Tea Earl Grey Tea + Natrel Lactose Free Single Serving Milk
Lactose Free Earl Grey Fudgesicles: Sloane Tea Earl Grey Tea + Natrel Lactose Free Single Serving Milk

Instructions:

  1. Combine the Natrel Lactose Free Milk and Earl Grey tea that has been enclosed in the disposable filter tea bags in a small pot and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat immediately and allow to cool to room temperature.
  2. Once tea infused milk has cooled remove tea bags. If you didn’t use the disposable filter tea bags to enclose your tea you will have to strain the tea leaves from the milk.
  3. Melt chocolate chips over a double boiler.
  4. Add Earl Grey infused lactose free milk, sugar, cornstarch, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and sea salt. Mix until well combined.
  5. Add mixture to popsicle molds and add sticks
  6. Place in freezer and freeze over night
  7. EAT EAT EAT
Lactose Free Earl Grey Fudesicles
Lactose Free Earl Grey Fudgesicles

 

 

 

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