I was all set to apologize for today’s pop being kind of a punt. I meant to do a more interesting pop, but the baby got his four-month shots and was miserable. All he wanted was to be held while he screamed in my ear, and I kind of felt like I had to oblige. Poor kid.
Anyway, the plan for today was going to be hot chocolate pops, made from this amazing stuff:
It’s Target’s in-store cocoa brand, and it is fantastic! Instead of just cocoa powder and sugar, this actually has ground milk chocolate in it. It cooks up rich and smooth and decadent. My plan had been to make a batch in the morning after the baby’s appointment, then cool it and make pops after the big girl got off the school bus. I’d actually done this right after Christmas, and the pops that resulted were rich and delicious.
But then the boy was screaming, so I didn’t pre-make the base. And the big girl came off the bus totally grouchy and started complaining about having to wait 10 whole minutes for her snack (I forbore from reminding her that in my day, we had to walk two miles in the snow, uphill both ways, just to reach the freezer so we could wait 4 hours for our ice pops to freeze), so the “frozen hot cocoa” idea was scratched. Instead, I went with plain old Ovaltine. I was worried about it tasting thin, so instead of straight milk, I used equal parts milk and 1/2 and 1/2. For 9 ounces of liquid, I used 2.5 heaping spoons of Ovaltine.
The resulting pops looked plain, but tasted fantastic. The half and half turned out to be a great call — the pops were creamy, a little softer than plain milk would have been, and very rich tasting. I’ve never been one to accept substitutions where chocolate is concerned, but I could easily see this satisfying a chocolate craving. Granted, that with the half and half, it’s not exactly health food, but the portion size is small enough that I think it makes a reasonable treat.
I can’t wait to experiment with this basic chocolate pop. I had intended to make a thin mint version tomorrow, but the girls are loudly demanding mango. Stay tuned to see who wins (hint: it probably won’t be me).
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