Oxymoronic title aside, these popsicles have been our must-have frosty treat for the early-summer hot and humid days we've been experiencing of late.
Chocolate is the only flavour the boys unanimously agree on all of the time, and when popsicle making season snuck up on us two weeks ago, we set out to find "our" recipe for the summer. Internet perusal and cookbook comb-throughs turned up nothing but sugary sweet concoctions sure to induce a confectionery coma in all of us.
That's when I decided that "our" recipe would be a cold and frozen version of our hot-cocoa one. One made from whole milk, cocoa, honey, cinnamon and baking chocolate. Simple, somewhat sweet and not-too-bad for us either.
We've been using our new popsicle machine for these goods. A birthday gift to me last winter, we've been holding out on using this until just the right time. Which happens to be now. This little gem of a gadget makes homemade popsicles in seven minutes. The only requirement is that the beverage used is icy cold. So I've been making hot cocoa, cooling it in the fridge and storing the liquid in a glass bottle. Then, when the mood strikes, we whip out our machine and get to freezing.
The special machine in not required though. These could easily be made with regular icy-treat molds or paper cups and popsicle sticks.
Do you make popsicles with you kiddies or do you prefer to buy them? Favourite flavours? Popsicles or ice cream? How about both? Let's discuss!
Hot Chocolate Popsicles
- 2 cups milk, or milk alternative
- 1 baking square of semi-sweet chocolate
- 2 tbsp organic cocoa
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Place the milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat and allow to simmer to warm. After three or four minutes add the chocolate and allow to melt. Add the cocoa, honey and cinnamon and whisk to combine well.
Remove the cocoa from the stove and cool completely. Pour into a glass bottle and store in the fridge. When you are ready, pour into popsicle molds and freeze until solid.