2016 Post Election, Red Wine and Chocolate Popsicles ! 


I know it’s 5 o’clock somewhere ! Here is a fun pick-me-up after a long stressful election year. Try my  frozen popsicle recipe strictly for adults. Cause, sometimes we need a break too! Not only will these take the edge off the 2016 Election, it will also turn your lips and tongue into a bright shade of red!

What the heck! Be a kid again– even if it’s just for a few hours!

Ingredients

1 cup good quality Cabernet wine.

1 bar of 70% or higher good quality dark chocolate, chipped into small chunks

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup winter plums, deseeded, and sliced

Method: 

In a medium saucepan, heat the sugar and the wine on medium low heat until the sugar dissolves and the mixture just begins to simmer.

Add the plums and allow to cook for about 3-5 minutes. Allow to cool slightly. Process everything except the chocolate in a food processor or standing blender until smooth.

Return to the saucepan and stir in chocolate to melt and combine. Cool.

Pour the mixture into popsicle molds and freeze for about 1½ hours, then insert popsicle sticks. Allow to freeze until solid an additional 3 – 4 hours. To remove from molds, run warm water over the molds to help release the popsicles.

Or, freeze in a shallow glass casserole pan stirring a few times during the freeze time. Serve by scooping into bowls! If you are feeling really stressed –just eat it out of the container with a giant spoon!

Yum!

Spiced White Drinking Chocolate with Coconut Cream and Homemade Marshmallows   

This is  one of the most alluring and luxurious drinking chocolate recipes on the planet! 

Ingredients 

1- 14 ounce can unsweetened coconut milk

1 3/4 cups heavy cream

1 -1 1/2 cups whole milk

3 cups white chocolate chips 

1 vanilla bean, split or 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

4-6 whole cardamom pods

Pinch ground cinnamon 

Pinch of ground nutmeg

Pinch of ground clove 

Marshmallows, for garnish ( see my recipe here ) 

Cinnamon or peppermint sticks 

Brandy or Cognac optional 
Method

In a small saucepan, combine the coconut milk and heat, keep warm. In a medium saucepan, combine the cream and whole milk, cardamon pods and vanilla bean split open seeds removed into cream. Bring to a simmer.

Add the white chocolate and remove from the heat. Let stand, stirring occasionally, until the white chocolate is melted; whisk until smooth. Add additional spices to taste. Adjust flavors. 

Pour strained drinking chocolate into warmed mugs and spoon some of the heated coconut milk on top. Garnish with the marshmallows and additional ground cinnamon. 

Serve piping hot with a peppermint , cinnamon stick or spiked with brandy or cognac. 

Enjoy!