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Day 173 — Nutella Brownie Cheesecake Chunk Ice Pops

I still have some of those brownie cheesecake bars that I made for Father’s Day, so I figured I’d use them in one more ice pop before I got rid of the rest of them (they’re really good, I swear, they’re just really rich and can only be eaten in small quantities).

Anyway, I decided to mix them with Nutella because it’s been a long time since I’ve made a Nutella ice pop:

I blended a tablespoon or so of Nutella with about five ounces of milk. Then I filled the molds with cheesecake/brownie chunks and poured the Nutella mixture.

These were, predictably, delicious, though the cheesecake went better with the chocolate base I used earlier this week. Still, a Nutella pop is never not going to be good.

Day 103 — Nutella Cheesecake Pops

You knew these had to happen, right?

I had to try to combine Nutella and cheesecake. I just had to. The trick was in finding a balance that would capture the richness of the two primary ingredients, while making a pop firm enough that the pops wouldn’t get stuck in the molds. As usual, I went with trial and error, which resulted in a vastly large batch of base. As it happens, that’s a good thing.

The recipe:

1 very heaping teaspoon (probably equivalent to a measuring tablespoon) of Nutella
2 ounces of cream cheese
1slightly heaping teaspoon sour cream
1 tablespoon sugar

To that, I added enough milk that I ended up with 12 ounces of base. I blended the whole shebang in my Baby Bullet (FYI, don’t buy a Baby Bullet. Great idea, tricky operation) and froze.

The Husband was greatly amused as I chanted “don’t stick, don’t stick” as I unmolded my pops. But it worked!

These were so, so good! The initial taste was all Nutella, but the finish (don’t I sound all wine-drinky and pretentious?) was definitely cheesecake. Basically, these pops are totally worth buying a Zoku. Try them now.

Day 79 — Nutella Overload Ice Pops

You all knew it was only a matter of time before I doubled down on the Nutella goodness here, right? A Nutella Pop dipped in Nutella coating — it had to be done:

For the pop, I used the Nutella Ice Pop recipe from Day 57.  I played with the proportions for the shells this time — rather than using a 1:1 ratio of Nutella to coconut oil, I used a 2:1 ratio to see if I could get the flavor to be a little richer.
I didn’t have a good vessel for dipping these pops, so I made the shell in a sandwich bag like last time, then kind of smooshed the pops around in it to get them covered:

As you can see, this coating technique leaves a lot to be desired. My pops turned out a little messy and uneven. But the flavor…wow. Unbelievably rich. This is one of those pops where the relatively small capacity of the Zoku is a real positive. Any more, and it would simply be too much. At two ounces, this pop was incredibly satisfying.

Day 73 — Vanilla Ice Pops with Nutella Magic Shell

Back when I made my Nutella and banana pops, Ali of Obscure and Demure posted on my facebook page that if they made Nutella Magic Shell, I’d be a billionaire. Well, I have three kids to put through college, so CHALLENGE ACCEPTED! (picture me saying that it my best Barney Stinson voice).

Basic vanilla ice pop ingredients, plus Nutella and coconut oil.

For this experiment, I went with a basic vanilla ice pop. I wanted something very neutral so I’d have a better chance at tasting whether the Nutella shell was any good.

I used the same proportions here that I did for the chocolate and peanut butter magic shells I’ve tried before — a simple 1:1 ratio. I put both in a sandwich bag and microwaved for 20 seconds, then squished it all together until it was well-mixed.

Once the pops were frozen, I made a tiny snip in the corner of the bag and went to town. And it worked! The coating stayed liquid for a few seconds (long enough to allow for some spreading of the shell mixture), but then hardened up nicely. Even better, once it had hardened, it had a nice little snap to it.

Taste wise, the Nutella flavor does get a little diluted with the addition of the coconut oil. This is a mixture I’d suggest using for dipping, rather than drizzling — I made the back of one of the pops a pretty much solid shell of Nutella, and it had far more impact than the parts with just a drizzle. But this definitely worked great. I can’t wait to try it on other flavors of pops.

As for me, I’ll be over here waiting for my billions to roll in.

Day 57 — Nutella Ice Pops

When I’m making ice pops, I usually really like to work out my own recipes. I can’t, of course, claim that all of the pops I make are my original ideas. But I do enjoy the trial-and-error process of making my own “recipes.”

Today’s pop is not my own recipe, however. I found it on Pinterest, which led me back to this site. The recipe I used is actually from “Julie’s” comment on that blog post — she called for 1/2 cup of milk and 1/6 cup of Nutella to make 3 ice pops. I stuck as closely as I could to these proportions without actually measuring my Nutella. I just used a big glob and assumed it was close enough.

It’s important to note that Nutella does not willingly play well with others. It did not want to dissolve smoothly into the milk. If I were a more patient and forward-thinking person, I’d have melted it in earlier in the day then chilled the mixture. But since I usually make my base mixtures moments before I freeze them, I didn’t want to warm it up too much. I just accepted the fact that my mixture wouldn’t be smooth.  It turned out not to matter in the finished pop.

Given the proportions here, I was rather shocked at how deep and rich these pops came out. The Nutella flavor really shines, and the texture is nice and soft. These are a definite hit, and I think they will lend themselves to all sorts of customization in the future.

On another note, the wonderful Domestic Diva, MD nominated me for the “Versatile Blogger” award, and I am both honored and grateful.  The rules of the award are:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them in your post.
  2. Share 7 things about yourself.
  3. Pass the award on to 7 more bloggers that you enjoy.
  4. Contact the bloggers that you have chosen to let them know that they have been nominated!

My Seven things:

1.  I am an identical twin.

2.  I love the idea of crafts, but am terrible at following through on projects.  Somewhere in my house are wonky, crooked, half-finished baby blankets for each of my kids.

3.  I grew up in New Jersey, but now that I live in North Carolina I can barely understand why everybody doesn’t live here.  Then I read about our legislature’s recent hijinks and I remember.

4.  I love to read. Sara Paretsky and Laurie R. King are among my favorite authors, because they write strong, smart, difficult women.

5.  I am constantly singing to my kids.

6.  I am a homebody.  Given the choice, I will almost always choose to stay at home and play board games with my husband rather than go out.

7.  Speaking of husbands, I’m pretty certain mine is the best one ever, for many reasons.  I kind of feel like I won the lottery the day I met him.

I am going to have to nominate my seven bloggers tomorrow, as it’s getting late and this post is already quite long.

The Bloggers I am nominating are:

1.  Savory Simple — I love her photos and the originality of her recipes.

2.  Obscure and Demure — Just plain fun.

3.  Trials in Food — I love her concept.

4.  Going Dutch and Loving It — One of the most interesting blogs I’ve seen in a while, with fantastic photography.

(I’m sorry, y’all.  I’m going to have to finish this post tomorrow night.  The baby just woke up and I need to get this posted).

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