Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Not your typical S'mores

I bought a Zoku pop maker recently and have just really started playing with it.  The kids love popsicles, but like most things, there are almost no brands that I will buy at the store because of the ingredients list, so this seemed like the perfect solution.  3 pops in under 10 minutes; 3 batches before having to refreeze the unit - heaven!

The first pops were just fruit - strawberry and tropical fruit.  Frozen fruit that we pureed and froze in the pop maker and the kids loved it.  But I wanted to try more ...

These are my current favorite.  The perfect summer treat, now in pop form!

S'mores Zoku Pops 
Ingredients for the base:
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 cups milk (I used 1% milk with fantastic results - rich and creamy!)
6 ounces chocolate (I used a combination of 90% and 85% dark)

Additional ingredients:
Chopped marshmallows
Crushed graham crackers
Olive oil

Directions for the base:
1 - Mix dry ingredients together in a saucepan and add 1 cup milk.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens considerably. 
2 - Meanwhile, melt your chocolate. 
3 - Mix the chocolate into the milk mixture, whisking until smooth.
4 - Slowly whisk in the rest of the milk and chill.

To assemble the pops:
1 - Mix chopped marshmallow pieces into the chilled chocolate mixture.
2 - With sticks in place in the pop maker, pour the chocolate mixture to the fill line and freeze til set.
3 - Remove pops.  Drizzle one side of a pop with the chocolate shell, then sprinkle on crushed graham cracker.  Repeat for other side, and for each pop.

While in between batches of pops, keep the base mixture in the refrigerator or freezer to keep it adequately chilled.  I was able to get 4 batches of these done before refreezing the Zoku unit.

Directions for making the chocolate shell:
This is so simple, and only requires the last 2 additional ingredients above.  Over low heat, melt a small amount of chocolate (2 ounces or so was enough for all of our pops) with a small amount of olive oil (I don't measure - just a teaspoon or 2) until smooth.  Drizzle on your pops and it will harden.

Makes about 15 pops

* Chocolate pudding recipe is adapted from a Smitten Kitchen adaptation of a Scharffenberger recipe