Craft sticks, popsicle sticks OR disposable plastic sporks. (I ran out of craft sticks! ;-)
2 1/2 cups Milk
1/2 cup (less 2 T) Sugar
2 Tablespoons Corn starch
2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder- (I subbed with Special Dark Cocoa Powder at the last minute... YUM! ;-)
8 Peppermint hard candies
1 Tablespoon Butter (not pictured)
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
Crush the peppermint candies inside a ziplock baggie. Remove 2 Tablespoons and add them to a 1/2 cup measuring cup. Reseal the baggie immediately. Humidity will cause the crushed candy to get sticky and that's not good for garnishing.
Add enough sugar to fill up the 1/2 cup measuring cup containing the crushed peppermint candy.
Put the peppermint/sugar into a medium saucepan. Add the milk, cornstarch and cocoa powder.
Heat over medium-high, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens at a soft boil.
Remove from heat, wisk in the vanilla extract and butter. Set aside to cool for 15 minutes so you don't get scalded.
Pour the cooled fudgesicle mixture into the molds. The mixture should thick enough to hold the popsicle sticks upright, but if it isn't, no worries. Just put the pops in the freezer for 30 minutes (set you timer!) then insert the sticks.
Freeze for a minimum of 8 hours.
If you aren't a peppermint fan, just leave out the candy and add 2 more Tablespoons of sugar to the recipe. This pop is delicious either way!