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Mini Chocolate Ice Pops – We Should Cocoa #53

 

When Kavey suggested teaming up this month with her Bloggers Scream for Ice Cream challenge, I knew immediately what I wanted to make. For my birthday last year, CT gave me the most luscious chocolate book by Rick and Michael Mast. I spend a considerable amount of time salivating over the pictures in Mast Brothers chocolate: a family cookbook and planning what I’m going to make from it;  strangely not very much so far. One of the pictures I found particularly striking was the Frozen Chocolate Pops and now I had no more excuses not to make them.

Of course, I ended up adapting the recipe. Not only did I convert the recipe from cups, but as it is the middle of winter and our appetite for iced treats is limited, I scaled the recipe down considerably too and decided to make mini pops. This way you get far more chocolate too. I used cardamom sugar to give a hint of spice and a pack of Willie’s 72% Venezuelan Gold for added flavour and luxury.

This is how I made:

Mini Chocolate Ice Pops

  • Heated 125ml milk in a pan with 30g cardamom sugar (golden caster sugar) and a rounded tsp of cocoa powder. 
  • Stirred until the sugar had dissolved and the milk was hot.
  • Removed from the heat and added 25g of chopped dark chocolate – (G&B 70%). Left for a couple of minutes to melt, then stirred until smooth.
  • Poured into 6 mini chocolate pop moulds – there was actually enough to make about 20, but I used the remainder for another iced treat I shall blog about soon.
  • Popped into the freezer for a couple of hours or so.
  • Melted 40g of dark chocolate (Willie’s Cacao Venezuelan Gold 72%) in a small pan over hot water.
  • As soon as it had melted, removed from the heat and aded a further 15g of chocolate. Left for a couple of minutes, then stirred until smooth.
  • Removed the cake pops from their moulds and spooned the melted chocolate over them to cover. This ended up being rather messy. I was unable to get a smooth finish as the chocolate froze on impact and I managed to get chocolate over pretty much everything.
  • Put them back in the freezer until ready to eat.
Chocolate Ice Lollies

What can I say? They may have looked a little strange, not to say messy and a couple of them fell off because I was too impatient to wait for them to freeze properly, but they were delicious. When it came down to it, we would both have been happy to have a freezer full of them. The ice lolly part itself was better than anything I’ve ever bought and the iced chocolate enrobing it was wonderful. The combination of rich and slightly bitter chocolate contrasted well with the sweet icy but velvety contents.

You still have three more days to enter We Should BSFIC with your icy chocolate treats. Just link your post to this month’s We Should Cocoa and Kavey’s BSFIC post – you’ll find full instructions on both.

37 Comments

  1. Kavey

    22nd January 2015 at 5:32 pm

    I don’t think they look messy, I think they look lovely — like tempting dollops of tastiness!

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  2. Hayley Warren

    22nd January 2015 at 5:51 pm

    Ooh this look so nice, I’d love to try making them.

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    • Choclette Blogger

      24th January 2015 at 8:01 pm

      Thanks Hayley – the ice lolly bit is simple, it’s getting the chocolate on that is a little tricky.

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  3. A Cornish Mum

    22nd January 2015 at 6:03 pm

    These look great! I might have to try this when it’s a bit warmer outside!

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    • Choclette Blogger

      24th January 2015 at 8:02 pm

      Yes, I think I’m with you there. I definitely find ices more appealing in the summer.

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  4. Clare Mansell

    22nd January 2015 at 6:25 pm

    Ha, ha! Some of the best things look a little quirky (but taste delicious) I think! This must have been fab with all the dark chocolate… M’mmmm…

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    • Choclette Blogger

      24th January 2015 at 8:03 pm

      Ah, thank you Clare. They were indeed truly scrumptious 😉

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  5. lisa prince

    22nd January 2015 at 6:59 pm

    aw they look great , im going to give this ago for sure x

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  6. Janice Pattie

    22nd January 2015 at 7:13 pm

    I can just imagine the mess in your kitchen! Bet you enjoyed those little treats though, they look fun

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  7. Jacqueline Meldrum

    22nd January 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Oh they do sound rather lush Choclette. What a treat!

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    • Choclette Blogger

      24th January 2015 at 8:04 pm

      Just as well I didn’t make more and bigger ones Jac – I think they might have disappeared rather too quickly.

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  8. Jen Price

    22nd January 2015 at 10:41 pm

    Oh wow, they look so good, I’d probably end up getting into a right mess making them. Loving the sound of cardamom sugar too.

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    • Choclette Blogger

      24th January 2015 at 8:05 pm

      Thanks Jen. I always have a jar of cardamom sugar on the go. I use it more than the vanilla one.

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  9. Heidi Roberts

    22nd January 2015 at 10:49 pm

    These look so refreshing!!

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  10. Johanna GGG

    23rd January 2015 at 11:50 am

    These would go down very well here right now – went to botanic gardens yesterday and they were out of choc tops so I think you could come and open up an ice cream van and sell out! (will try and get my WSC post written!!!!)

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    • Choclette Blogger

      24th January 2015 at 8:07 pm

      Now you have the weather for these Johanna. My poor mother suffered a bit from the heat, but she did enjoy the botanic gardens. I didn’t ask her about ice-cream! Looking forward to your WSC entry.

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  11. Kate Glutenfreealchemist

    25th January 2015 at 12:10 am

    Ha ha….. This brought back visions of me trying to choc-coat my ice-cream bites last summer…. messy was an understatement! But these sound yum and I know they would have tasted amazing too…. I like the fact that they are a bit uneven….. You just know you are going to get extra chocolate…. which has to be a good thing!

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    • Choclette Blogger

      25th January 2015 at 7:20 pm

      Ah yes, I’d forgotten you’ve been there already Kate. And you are right of course, there is a definite plus side to having extra thick chocolate 😉

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  12. belleau kitchen

    25th January 2015 at 7:22 pm

    I love how they look. I love that they look all knobly and Choclettey. Gorgeous. Need to make ice lollies !

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    • Choclette Blogger

      26th January 2015 at 6:14 pm

      Yes you do Dom and if you’re quick you might still get them in the We Should Cocoa round-up 😉

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  13. Annie Hall

    26th January 2015 at 4:53 pm

    They look delish! I will definitely try them when it gets a bit warmer.

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    • Choclette Blogger

      26th January 2015 at 6:15 pm

      I think they might be appreciated a bit more in warmer weather Annie, but they were pretty good even in the cold 😉

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  14. Polka Dot Family

    26th January 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Oooh I think my daughter would love these, they don’t look messy

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  15. otilia stocks

    26th January 2015 at 6:08 pm

    Beautiful! I will try this on too!

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  16. MamaMummyMum

    26th January 2015 at 7:18 pm

    These look a tad addictive!! xx

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  17. Fishfingers for tea

    26th January 2015 at 7:43 pm

    The messier the better as far as I’m concerned! I think they look really tempting.

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  18. buticancook

    27th January 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Look lovely and such a good idea!

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  19. Bintu Hardy

    2nd February 2015 at 4:44 pm

    I am trying to have a chocolate free day but not sure I am going to succeed after seeing this.

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