Wednesday, September 9, 2015

It's still Hot so make some popsicles!

Yes, still a bit toasty up here so I made a few popsicles. I was inspired by a recipe for Mocha ones  I did change it up a bit, and I think they were great. I also made some strawberry ones. This way each couple got to share ; ) I love how the mocha ones look like a cappuccino.

Mocha Popsicles makes about 6

2 oz dark chocolate chopped
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup hot water
1/2 cup espresso
1/2 cup cream whipped

Place the chocolate in a mixing bowl along with the sugar and hot water and espresso. Whisk to melt, if not totally melted, microwave for a few seconds. Then let cool and fold in the whipped cream. Pour into popsicle molds and let freeze. Love how they separated - reminded me of when my mom used to do jello in multi colored layers. Oh, the '70's. 

These strawberry popsicles were just something I blended up - I had a little bit of strawberry ice cream left over so I threw that into a blender with some fresh strawberries and a little milk. Then poured these into molds too. I have to say these were like the amazing treats I had a million (seems like) years ago when I was away at my first semester at college in Florence Italy. It was the summer after I graduated from high school. 1984 - Benetton was popular and the dollar was great - so yes, I came back with a wardrobe to die for. It was my first time away from home and the majority of other students were 2-3 years older than me, but I could keep up. We lived in a dorm style pension and stayed cool by opening the windows and had to keep the mosquito punks burning. We drank wine and ate great food at little hole in the wall places - this was way before wood burning pizza ovens were on the scene and the only pizza I ever saw was cold slices next to american "hamburgers" in take away shops - and even I wouldn't eat those. But one food I ate stands out after all that wine- The Fragola I found it at a little ice-cream stand. This is what it tasted like. Summer at it's best. Love a good food memory! 

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