| Ellie Krieger |
NO MATTER how old I get, I will always have a childlike enchantment with summer and all its joys: jumping waves in the ocean, biking around town, biting into big wedges of watermelon, watching the fireflies come out at dusk.
One of those pleasures is the refreshment of a frosty popsicle on a hot afternoon.
I remember my mom used to put orange juice into paper cup pop molds and freeze them for us, and I loved those.
But it was the occasional splurge on the package of chocolate pops that really excited me.
This recipe taps that same summertime thrill in a way that is fairly healthful, as desserts go, since it is made with low-fat milk (or plant milk), minimal added sugar and dark chocolate.
The chocolate mixture is essentially a simple pudding (albeit somewhat thinner than a typical pudding) that is poured into pop molds.
Once frozen, they come out creamy, icy and refreshing, amply rich with the intensity of good dark chocolate, and clock in at just 100 calories apiece.
Although enjoying one in the shade on a sweltering day brings me right back to my childhood, they taste so much better than the store-bought ones I remember, and they make me glad I’m all grown up. – Text & Photo by The Washington Post
CHOCOLATE PUDDING POPS
EIGHT servings (makes eight popsicles)
This is a sweet treat you can feel good about serving. Dairy milk is called for, but a plant-based milk can be substituted.
You will need eight two-ounce popsicle molds or small paper cups and popsicle (craft) sticks.
Make Ahead: The pops need to set up in the freezer until solid, about six hours.
1/4 cup sugar
One tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
One tablespoon cornstarch
Two cups cold, low-fat (one-per cent) milk, or unsweetened plant-based milk such as coconut, almond or oat
Two ounces dark or semisweet chocolate (about 60 per cent cocoa solids), finely chopped
One teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Whisk together the sugar, cocoa powder and cornstarch in a medium saucepan. Gradually whisk in the milk until the mixture is smooth.
Set the saucepan over medium heat. Cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture is gently bubbling and thickens slightly, about three minutes. Reduce the heat to low; continue to cook, stirring, for one minute. Remove from the heat.
Add the chopped chocolate and stir until it has melted, then stir in the vanilla extract and the salt until well incorporated.
Distribute the mixture evenly among your popsicle molds or small paper cups and place in the freezer. If using paper cups, place a popsicle stick in the centre when the mixture is frozen enough for the stick to stand up straight, about one hour. Allow to freeze completely, about six hours.
Nutrition | Per serving: 100 calories, 3g protein, 15g carbohydrates, 4g fat, 2g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 75mg sodium, 0g dietary fibre, 12g sugar