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Thursday
Feb142013

Hot Cocoa Popsicles

Hot Cocoa Popsicles

This weekend brought about a furious blizzard, with flakes falling wildly from the heavens and a fierce wind blowing snow into drifts tall enough to bury cars beneath walls of snow. I spent Sunday with a cup of hot tea between my palms, watching Mother Nature roar outside my window. There is a peacefulness in being in the warmth of indoors, safe and snug, while the elements play outside, just out of reach. The world outside quietly shuts down and responsibilities are forgotten as the front door stays closed.

I think sometimes we all need a snow day.

Hot Cocoa Popsicles

Even though it goes against all reason, on the coldest days of the year I crave frozen treats. Throughout the winter season, it seems there is only so much tea that can be sipped and soup that can be ladled. In order to satisfy my cravings for something cool, I often beg family or friends to accompany me to the nearest frozen yogurt shop. Bundled up in winter jackets, scarves, and over-sized mittens, we trudge through the frosted doors and eat until our insides turn delightfully cold. When the cold ice cream finally brings about a case of the goosebumps, we wrap ourselves back up and head out into the winter air.

Though this small tradition may seem misunderstood, there is something restorative about spending time in an empty yogurt shop on a chilled February evening.

Hot Cocoa Popsicles

After the blizzard struck (and the obligatory mug of hot tea had been consumed), I found my taste for cold treats begin to seep into my bones. With no choice but to stay in the warmth and safety of the indoors, I decided to create my own winter delight with the food already in my kitchen. A few minutes on the stove is all it takes to whip up a quick cocoa. After I waited for it to cool down, I married it with mini marshmallows and chocolate chips in a popsicle mold to produce a frozen treat that closely mimics its namesake.

While hot cocoa is a winter favorite, I have found that "cold" cocoa can be just as gratifying.

Hot Cocoa Popsicles

Hot Cocoa Popsicles combine the flavors of the beloved winter drink and turn it into a treat that can be enjoyed whether the weather is warm or cold. A rich hot cocoa is layered in a popsicle mold with mini chocolate chips and marshmallows. The popsicles are frozen in two parts to evenly spread out the mix-ins, which keeps all of the chocolate chips from sinking to the bottom and all of the marshmallows from rising to the top. Once frozen, the popsicles can be enjoyed over the course of a couple weeks, reached for whenever a craving may strike.

One Year Ago: Hot Cocoa Cookies
Two Years Ago: Heart-Shaped Cinnamon Rolls

Hot Cocoa Popsicles

Yields 6 popsicles

1 3/4 cups (415 ml) whole or 2% milk
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
Mini marshmallows

In a large saucepan, whisk together the milk, cocoa powder, sugar, and salt. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and remove as soon as the cocoa becomes smooth. Stir in the vanilla extract and cool the mixture to room temperature.

Sprinkle 5-10 mini chocolate chips into the bottom of the popsicle molds. Fill molds half full with the cooled hot cocoa and place in 5-8 mini marshmallows, making sure that each marshmallow touches the hot cocoa. Place in the sticks and freeze for at least 1 hour. Remove from freezer and add another layer of mini chocolate chips, hot cocoa, and mini marshmallows. Freeze for 4-6 hours, or until completely frozen.

Serve chilled.

Reader Comments (24)

I thought I was the only one that liked cold treats during the winter. I crave an Oreo blizzard in the dead of winter every year and the closest Dairy Queen is not open year round - whomp whomp! These popsicles look perfect! Happy Valentine's Day!
I agree sometimes the bleak winter is made a bit brighter with a cold, icy treat to remind you that summer is coming. I always eat yogurt pops and frozen fruit even in the coldest winter months. I love the sobert feel to this ice lolly, makes the most comforting of food feel refreshed. Could coffee be added to this if I would like a mocha style lolly?
Honestly I could so do with a snow day .. like anytime this week works for me!! and I could do with these popsicles too.. considering here in the tropics... winter is already on its way out!!!
02.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSarvani
We experienced a few snow days, too, and I could have used some pops of flavor. I have a tin of cocoa that's been sitting in my cupboard with no use. Now I know exactly what to do with it. Oh, and I love the idea of marshmallows in the popsicles. And chocolate chips, too!
I love the idea of hot chocolate in any form! These look so beautiful!!
This looks positively delightful! There is no snow down here in South Carolina, but it sure feels as if snow should be accumulating. It's been freeeeezing the past few days, not to mention windchill makes it even worse :/

Anyways, gorgeous looking pops and Happy Valentine's Day!
This is such a brilliant idea, I can be fussy with hot chocolate but never have a problem enjoying this kind of treat, I'll definitely be trying this out :) x
02.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlex
I am in LOVE with these popsicles. Love the little marshmallows inside!
You are a magical woman! These look insanely delicious!!
I'm so glad I found your blog (through A Cup of Jo). Your pictures, your food and your wonderful writing makes me happy!
02.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJill Palumbo
These look great!! Now I just need to get me some popsicle molds....I love how you also incorporated marshmallows! :) Hope you're doing well, Kristin!
Oh I love this idea! It also combines both of mine and my boyfriend's go-to desserts: I always make a mug of hot chocolate and he gets ice cream. Maybe finally we could share!
Beautifult photos and styling!
What a great idea! I love hot cocoa, especially when it's spicy, like Mexican drinking chocolate. Have you ever had spicy chocolate gelato? I bet that it would be similarly as good in popsicle form.
02.16.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie
Are these just as good without the marshmallows? I'm a vegetarian and since marshmallows have gelatine in them I can't eat them :(
02.16.2013 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine
Catherine-- I think they would be just as good. :) If I were you, I might freeze the popsicles in 3 layers just so you can add more mini chocolate chips (or chocolate shavings).
02.16.2013 | Registered CommenterKristin Rosenau
Wow, the photos alone are making me crave chocolate. I'll have to try these along with some green tea ice cream, I love the combination!

Yuki
I love ice cold treats all year long too. cant even give up my iced coffee. your popsicles sound amazing! I have been looking for that exact shape popsicle mold. is it a certain brand? I searched a bit but Im not really finding what I want, or a style that has good reviews. thanks!
02.20.2013 | Unregistered Commenterbecky
Becky-- I also liked the shape of these popsicles. The mold I use is a Progressive brand Freezer Pop Maker (http://www.amazon.com/Progressive-International-PLP-1-Freezer-Maker/dp/B0000CF7H6). It is a little more expensive than some of the molds out there, but I have no complaints with it so far.
02.20.2013 | Registered CommenterKristin Rosenau
... I love the idea of marshmallows in your popsicles.
02.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlexandra
Hi, do the popsicles turn out creamy...similar texture to Fudgsicles?
03.20.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjmirandaj
Jmirandaj-- The more fat content the milk has the you are using, the more the popsicle will resemble a fudgesicle. Skim milk will yield and icier popsicle while whole milk will give a very creamy one.
03.20.2013 | Registered CommenterKristin Rosenau
Hi there, these look delicious, though I'm about to partake on a beautiful summer day! But, just thinking a drop of mint essence might be a fun twist, with some mint leaves? have you done that? I love mint, especially on a hot day.
12.30.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSondra
Sondra-- I haven't, but a couple drops of mint/peppermint extract could be wonderful!
12.31.2013 | Registered CommenterKristin Rosenau

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