Frozen Mocha Pudding Pops {Recipe}

How much do you love Panera?  I mean, just walking into that place gives you the warm and fuzzies.  And maybe the drools too – like messy slobbers all over their pastry case…and then maybe you’re told to clean up your mess.   No?  Yes?  Maybe?  Panera is known for their baked goods, soups, and sandwiches, but I think I’m in LOOOVE with this little ditty – the Frozen Mocha Pudding Pop – watch out J-E-L-L—–, this one is for the adults.

Frozen Mocha Pudding Pops

Frozen Mocha Pudding Pops

INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 cup cornstarch
1 egg

2 cups 2 percent milk

1 cup brewed espresso or double-strength coffee

3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, broken into pieces (about 1/2 cup)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS
1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together sugar, cocoa powder, and cornstarch. Whisk in egg (mixture will be thick). Add milk and coffee, and whisk over medium heat until blended and smooth. Cook, whisking often, until mixture bubbles and thickens, about 10 minutes. Cook 1 minute longer. Remove from heat and stir in the chocolate and vanilla until the chocolate melts and incorporates.

2. Cool mixture slightly, and then pour into nine 2-ounce plastic ice pop molds or paper drinking cups. Insert ice pop handles, or let cool enough for wooden craft sticks or small metal spoons to stand upright. If using drinking cups, cover with plastic wrap, allowing sticks or handles to poke through the plastic. Freeze until firm, at least 2 hours or up to 2 weeks. 

3. To unmold, run warm water around the outside of the mold until pops can be loosened free.

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