Summer’s on the way, and that means warm nights, hot days, fun in the sun and…hot chocolate? That’s right! Just because the mercury is climbing doesn’t mean you can’t still dip into your hot chocolate from last winter and enjoy your favorite treat in the form of a hot chocolate popsicle. These cool desserts are excellent for chilling on the scorching days to come, and also make great your next party. This refreshing frozen hot chocolate treat will satisfy your chocolate cravings this summertime! In the spirit of summer fun, we have added a bonus recipe, perfect for any family gathering or reunion.
Frozen Hot Chocolate Mix Popsicles (makes 6 servings)
Hot chocolate is kind of, you know, the exact OPPOSITE of a popsicle, right?” Not so! This easy-to-make sweet treat gives you the flavor of hot chocolate and the fun of a popsicle in a form that’s so simple and fun, you can even get the kids in on the activity.
All you need are the following ingredients:
- 4 packets of your favorite quality hot chocolate mix. The richer, the better!
- Whole milk (follow directions on mix packets)
- ¼ cup chocolate syrup
- 2 cups miniature marshmallows
- 6 popsicle molds
- 6 popsicle sticks
- Prepare your hot chocolate by combining the chocolate mix, milk and chocolate syrup in a saucepan.
- Put some marshmallows in the bottom of your popsicle molds and then add hot chocolate about 1/3-1/4 of the way up the mold.
- Set the mold in the freezer and allow to freeze for about an hour or until solid.
- Refrigerate the chocolate until ready to reheat.
- Add more marshmallows and chocolate and freeze again, repeating until the mold is full.
- Once you’ve filled the molds, pop them into the freezer and let them set for 3-4 hours.
You can also add crème de menthe, peppermint shards or sprigs of fresh mint to give your frozen hot chocolate snacks a wintery taste and feel, as well as a fun grown-up character!
Hot Chocolate Mix Grasshopper Pie (makes 8 servings)
If you like the refreshing combination of chocolate and mint, and you’ve never tried grasshopper pie, you’re missing out on one of the South’s best-kept open secrets. This creamy, cool dessert goes great with entertaining, relaxing after a long day or just hanging out with the family. Even better, you can get your hot chocolate fix at the same time!
Here’s what you need:
- Homemade chocolate crumb crust (see below for directions) or store-bought chocolate-flavored crust
- 2tsp powdered sugar
- 2 cups cold whipping cream
- 2 tbsp ea. White crème de cacao and white crème de menthe
- ¼ cup quality hot chocolate mix
- 3 cups miniature marshmallows
- ½ cup whole milk
- Garnish (optional; see below)
- Make the homemade chocolate crumb crust,* if desired.
- Combine the milk, chocolate and marshmallows and
- Stir occasionally over low heat until the marshmallows melt.
- Stir in the crème de cacao and crème de menthe and set the chocolate mixture aside to cool.
- Now combine the whipping cream and powdered sugar in a small mixing bowl until stiff. Fold ½ of the cream mixture into the room-temperature chocolate mix to complete the filling.
- Set the other half aside in the refrigerator to top the finished pie later.
- Top with the remaining whipped cream mixture, garnish as desired and serve.
*Homemade Chocolate Mix Crumb Crust:
- ½ cup butter or margarine
- 1½ cups crushed graham crackers
- ½ cup quality hot chocolate mix (without marshmallows)
- Grease a microwave-safe 9” pie plate. (Glass or Pyrex works well for this.)
- Place butter or margarine in a microwave-safe container and microwave for 1 minute or until melted.
- Stir in crushed graham crackers and hot chocolate mix until the mixture shows an even color.
- Press the mixture into the bottom of the greased pie plate and up the sides.
- Microwave for 1-1½ minutes or until the crust shows blistering. Be careful not to overcook the crust!
- Set aside to cool to room temperature and add in filling as above.
- Garnish (optional): Spearmint or wintergreen leaves, mint chocolate, chocolate drizzles.
Also published on Medium.