By Katrina Mayer

Our family didn’t eat many sweets when I was growing up. Dessert was often a piece of fresh fruit and mid-afternoon snacks were usually a handful of raisins with some nuts thrown in. We ate lots of simple, natural foods and rarely had anything pre-packaged – with one notable exception.

In the summertime my mother would occasionally buy a box of fudgsicles and my brother and I loved them. They were creamy and chocolaty and if we ate them outside on a hot summer day they left a little brown puddle on the ground by our feet. Great memories!

So recently, when the temperatures were soaring into the 90’s, I got a craving for those icy treats I had enjoyed so many years ago. But, I didn’t feel like jumping into the car and driving 30 minutes in each direction just to buy a snack. Besides, I didn’t want a whole box of sugary temptation sitting in the freezer. But, the craving didn’t go away and I decided to do the next best thing. Improvise.

I had the molds to make frozen pops. I just needed to figure out what to put in them. Hmmmm… the wheels were turning. I looked through our cupboards and ran some “healthy” ingredients through my mind. And then I saw it. I’m not sure how it got there but there was one box of chocolate coconut milk on the shelf. Could this be the secret I was looking for? Would it freeze well? How would it taste?

There was only one way to find out. I took out my ice pop molds, poured 1/3 cup of the chocolate coconut milk into each reservoir and put the stick/caps on. I placed them in the freezer and then waited impatiently for about 4 hours to find out the results.

Well, I’m happy to say that my experiment was an absolute success! Were they creamy? YES! Were they chocolaty? YES! Were they cold and refreshing on a hot summer day? YES! Did they remind me of my childhood? YES! Did they leave little brown puddles by my feet? NO WAY, because I made sure I ate every last bite.

Now, I certainly wouldn’t call this health food. But, these little frozen pops are vegan and only 33 calories each (when you use 1/3 of a cup.) And they taste delicious. All in all, that’s a score in my book.

So… if you find yourself having a craving for a chocolate ice pop, give this simple recipe a try!
Wishing you childlike abandon,

p.s. If you don’t have ice pop molds, just use a small plastic container and put a spoon in it before placing in the freezer. Works like a charm.