This morning my mom came upstairs with a can of coffee.
“This needs to be put in a glass jar,” she said, “It’s spilling in the freezer.”
Well, having that coffee upstairs made me want some coffee. So I decided that now was the perfect time to open a can of coconut milk, and I started a pot of coffee.
I opened a can of coconut milk that we had gotten at our local grocery store. It turned out to be not nearly as creamy or rich as the cans of coconut milk from the co-op. In fact, it was pretty watery.
I didn’t think that was much of a problem until I started adding it to my coffee. Instead of making it creamy, it just watered it down. I decided to try to just drink some of the coconut milk straight. But it was too watery.
I dumped the coffee. Now, though, I had about 2/3 of a can of coconut milk that I needed to do something with. I remembered this recipe, but I didn’t have all the ingredients for it. It also sounded a bit involved for what I wanted to do today. After some thinking (again, a little dangerous), I decided to make vanilla coconut milk ice cream bars and dip them in chocolate.
For the vanilla ice cream part, I just mixed the rest of the can of coconut milk with some honey (approx. 2 tbsp.) and vanilla (approx. 2 tsp.), to taste (inspired by this recipe).
I poured that into molds and let it freeze for a half hour, stuck the popsicle sticks in, and finished freezing them.
Once they were done freezing, I unmolded them, and let them stay in the freezer until I was ready to coat them.
I put a handful or two of dark chocolate chips in a sauce pan on the stove on low heat until they melted. Next I stirred in some coconut oil (approx.2 tsp.). I poured this mixture into a half-pint jar.
Then, as I was pouring the chocolate into the jar, disaster struck. The spoon, covered in melted chocolate, fell. Now this would be bad enough (a waste of good chocolate), but what I didn’t know is that when you drop a chocolate covered spoon, the melted chocolate splatters everywhere. And I mean EVERYWHERE. All over the floor and the cabinet. And the spoon had also left a large spot on my skirt. Somehow I managed to get a slightly smaller spot on my shirt. So I insert here: pause and wipe up the floor.
Once the floor was clean, I proceeded. I took the ice cream bars out of the freezer and dipped the first one. The chocolate only covered it about halfway. I just used a new spoon to ladle the chocolate onto the bar and smooth it out. As the level of chocolate decreased in the jar each time, I used the spoon to finish coating each bar. The chocolate hardens almost immediately and forms a delicious coating. I then put the bars back into the freezer.
I tried one after dinner. The middle tasted rather watery, but the chocolate coating made it yummy (of course, right? Chocolate or bacon makes everything better, depending on what it is).
Next time I may try freezing the ice cream in the ice cream maker until it is soft, them put it in a bar form. It may just work better with creamier coconut milk.
The ice cream bars, before being coated in chocolate
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Coated and ready to go into the freezer (or eat, whatever you are inclined to do)