Kelly Fudge Pop

240 mins (prep 15)
7 ingredients
makes 8 to 10 fudge pops
Ellsworth Kelly's enormous sculpture, Stele 1, was the anchor in the Rooftop Garden when we opened our café in 2009. A 1-inch-thick oblong steel plate weighing seven tons and rising eighteen feet into the air perched on one narrow end, the sculpture seemed to defy gravity. The deep rust-colored patina of the Corten steel was an incredible contrast against gray volcanic stone walls of the Rooftop Garden and the stunning art deco Pacific Bell building that towers over the east side of the museum. Of course, I thought the piece looked like an enormous slab of chocolate. Trying to figure out a dessert based on the sculpture, I played with various truffle recipes and cakes baked in oblong pans, but nothing was giving me the rich matte color and texture of the weathered steel. One day I was chatting with the museum's brilliant and witty social media guru, Ian Padgham, about Stele 1, and I asked him what the sculpture reminded him of. "A Fudgsicle, of course!" he said. And, so it was. I found some silicone ice-pop molds in the shape of the sculpture and developed a creamy, rich chocolatey base with a touch of natural cocoa powder to give the frozen fudge pops the reddish matte finish of Corten steel.

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Serving Size (105.18 g)
Servings 8
Amount per Serving
Calories 289.25 Calories from Fat 169.92
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18.88g 232.42%
Saturated Fat 11.89g 475.78%
Trans Fat 0.07g %
Cholesterol 53.54mg 142.77%
Sodium 559.21mg 186.4%
Total Carbohydrate 30.38g 81.02%
Dietary Fiber 1.13 g 36.32%
Sugars 26.19 g %
Protein 2.57g 41.09%
Vitamin A 594.26IU% Vitamin C 0.22mg%
Calcium 87.22mg% Iron 0.54mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients: