Kind of a funny combination for a blog post, isn’t it? Not to worry, there’s a point.
Lately, we’ve been drinking a lot of hot chocolate with the very cold temperatures and snowy days. I am a big fan of homemade hot cocoa versus the store bought. Not only does it taste sooo much better, but I know exactly what is going into it. More and more these days I think that is really important.
The ingredients for this recipe are staple items you most likely have in your pantry. Any leftovers can be put in the fridge to pull out for another day and a quick reheat on the stove.
An added bonus is that your kids will think it is so cool that you made it, not just pulled it from a box on the shelf.
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup hot water
1/8 tsp salt
4 cups milk (Dairy or non-dairy)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine the cocoa, sugar, water, and salt in a saucepan. Over medium heat, stir constantly until the mixture boils. Cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Stir in the milk and heat, but do not boil. Remove from the heat and add vanilla; stir well. Serve immediately.
**As a side note I’ve used both vanilla soymilk as well as vanilla almond milk to make this and both are delicious!**
adapted from The Joy of Vegan Baking
So now you are probably wondering where the popsicles come into this. Not too long ago I was reading a magazine that was showing all the things you could make with chocolate, including popsicles. I followed the article to this elaborate recipe for several different versions of hot chocolate and popsicles. It totally dawned on me that I had my own, much simpler, leftover hot cocoa sitting in the fridge ready to be frozen. So that’s what I did. I poured it into our popsicle molds (great find at Sur la Table from the summer) and that was it.
My boys loved them. We will definitely be making these again.