Bittersweet Pudding Pops Recipe

Pudding pops
Tina Rupp

Ingredients

  • ½ cup (120 milliliters) agave nectar
  • ½ cup (40 grams) dark cocoa powder (I use Callebaut Extra Brute)
  • 1 cup (240 milliliters) heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon (3 grams) salt 
  • 1 cup (240 milliliters) coffee
  • 1 tablespoon (8 grams) cornstarch
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon (15 milliliters) vanilla extract

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by Gesine Bullock-Prado

When I was old enough to babysit, I didn’t do it for the money; I did it for the food. I’d get the little stinkers to bed by reading bedtime stories so fast you could hear a sonic boom, and then I’d eat that poor family out of the house and home. I only babysat at homes with a guaranteed score, and I find it curious that I was ever asked to babysit more than once because I never left without demolishing ever last edible morsel from inside the freezer. The Stewart family was especially hard hit, since they always carried the full line of Jell-O Pudding Pops and I had no problem polishing off every last box. I’d apologize for my foolish youthful behavior, but I cannot honestly say that I’m sorry. Or that I wouldn’t do it again now that I’m full grown.

Directions

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the agave nectar, cocoa powder, heavy cream, and salt until the mixture comes to a simmer. Remove from the heat.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the coffee and cornstarch. While whisking constantly (especially if the coffee is still warm), add the egg yolks one at a time and then add the vanilla extract. Return the pan containing the cocoa mixture to the stove. Pour the egg mixture into the cocoa mixture, whisking constantly over medium heat. Clip on a candy thermometer and whisk whisk whisk. In all likelihood, the temperature has already exceeded 160 degrees Fahrenheit (71 degrees Celsius), so you’re safe, bacteria-wise. Now keep whisking for about 5 minutes, until the pudding thickens and the temperature reaches 200 degrees Fahrenheit (93 degrees Celsius) to 210 degrees Fahrenheit (100 degrees Celsius).

Transfer the pudding to a large bowl and serve family style, or use it in other crafty ways like a filling for a glorious crepe cake. Alternatively, pour the pudding into 7 popsicle molds and freeze overnight for a luscious, chocolaty summertime treat. You can also pour the pudding into 14 individual 2-ounce (60 milliliter) serving cups and cover each with plastic wrap, making sure that the wrap touches the entire surface of the pudding to prevent a skin from forming, and refrigerate for a few hours. You can serve the pudding straight from the fridge or with a dollop of whipped cream. However, I like to sprinkle a spoonful or two of sugar over the top and take a kitchen torch to the sugar to caramelize it into a brûlée crust.

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

108 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Sodium Low Potassium, Kidney Friendly, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added

Daily value:

5%

Servings:

14
  • Fat 98g 151%
  • Carbs 166g 55%
  • Saturated 60g 298%
  • Fiber 23g 93%
  • Sugars 127g
  • Monounsaturated 29g
  • Polyunsaturated 4g
  • Protein 16g 31%
  • Cholesterol 511mg 170%
  • Sodium 1,276mg 53%
  • Calcium 235mg 23%
  • Magnesium 226mg 57%
  • Potassium 942mg 27%
  • Iron 6mg 34%
  • Zinc 4mg 25%
  • Phosphorus 516mg 74%
  • Vitamin A 1,043µg 116%
  • Vitamin C 1mg 2%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 10%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 38%
  • Niacin (B3) 1mg 7%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 9%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 52µg 13%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 13%
  • Vitamin D 3µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 3mg 15%
  • Vitamin K 9µg 11%
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