Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Gluten Free Chocolate Dipped Coconut Milk Popsicles

Sorry - no photo. But trust me - these are AMAZING!!!

So my camera died. Like really died. And of course on the day of Bubba's Eagle Scout Court of Honor. Yeah. Because that's how things roll in my life.

Anyway, supposed to be hotter than you-know-where here today. Which means popsicle weather.

If you follow me on Facebook (hint, hint, HINT), yesterday I posted a link for 36 Homemade Popsicle recipes. Which got me thinking...

We absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE So Delicious (brand) non-dairy frozen treats. Our favorites are the chocolate dipped bars, which taste like Dove Bars. Oh they are so good! BUT, they only come 4/package, and aren't exactly cheap.

I knew I had to figure out how to make our own.

So here goes:

SPH Chocolate Dipped Coconut Milk Popsicles
1 15-oz. can full fat coconut milk
1 1/4 cups simple syrup (directions to follow)
1-2 T vanilla (or to taste)

In small saucepan, warm coconut milk. When the "cream" has melted, add the simple syrup. Bring to just a bubble (little bubbles around the edge of the pan), and add vanilla. Stir for just another minute or 2, then remove from heat. Pour into popsicle molds, add sticks, and put in the freezer until frozen solid. I've found that using a small funnel helps me get the liquid into the mold easier, and less messier.

We are going to be dipping ours in a MagicShell-type coating. This recipe calls for coconut oil, which would be the best choice, but I'm out at the moment, so I'll be using butter.

Feel free to add shredded coconut to the popsicles, or even roll them in chopped nuts while the coating is still somewhat liquid.

So here's the simple syrup...
Equal parts sugar and water.

Put them in a saucepan, heat and stir til sugar is dissolved. Boil for a minute or 2, and you're done.

Yep. That's it. That's why it's called Simple Syrup. Use it as a base for lemonade or sweet tea. Add some citrus peels and let them boil for a minute or 2. Now you have citrus simple syrup. Blend it with some frozen berries in a blender, then freeze as popsicles. I keep a large batch in a half-gallon jar. You'll want to do that, too, because when you figure out all the amazing uses for simple syrup, you'll be using it all the time.


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