Happy Life Day!
We’re making our version of Wookiee Cookies for this special occasion. We imagined a hearty cookie filled with red fruits and nuts, and also some chocolate because it is a holiday after all.Continue reading
We’re celebrating Life Day (in July) this weekend with some of our Patreon backers, and what Life Day celebrations wouldn’t be complete without Hoth Chocolate?
According to Wookieepedia:
Hoth chocolate was a variant of hot chocolate containing Tauntaun milk, and a number of different spices mixed with cocoa and boiling water. Hoth chocolate was associated with the Wookiee Life Day.
We couldn’t find any Tauntauns to milk, so we went ahead and used oat milk since it’s what we had. But any type of milk will do.
For spices we went with vanilla and cardamom for a warm and cozy feeling. We also included both chocolate and cocoa powder for a rich, deep chocolate taste.
Hoth Chocolate [makes 2 large cups or 4 regular cups]
4 cups milk (or milk alternative)
1/2 cup chopped bittersweet or semisweet chocolate
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
Combine milk, chocolate, cocoa powder, and sugar in a saucepan. Stir over medium heat until the chocolate has fully melted and the mixture is hot.
Stir in the vanilla and cardamom. Serve immediately.
For part two of our popsicle series we have Xianna’s Creamy Caf Popsicles! These popsicles have never been directly referenced on the show, but they are heavily influenced by Xianna’s well known love of caf (with and without added whiskey). This caffeine-filled treat has a creamy vanilla layer and a rich chocolate and cold brew layer.
For the creamy layer we have half-and-half or creamer (we’re using an almond milk creamer), sugar, vanilla bean paste, and a small pinch of salt.
For the mocha layer we have sugar, cornstarch, cocoa powder, chocolate, cold brew coffee, milk or dairy alternative, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. We used homemade cold brew and unsweetened almond milk, but store-bought cold brew works great and any dairy or dairy alternative should be fine.
Everything for the creamy layer gets mixed together and then distributed evenly amongst the popsicles molds. Place the mold in the freezer for them to set.
While that layer freezes we’ll make the mocha layer. Heat the sugar, cornstarch, cocoa, chocolate, coffee and milk in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly until until the mixture thickens. Remove it from the heat and whisk in the vanilla extract and salt.
Once the mocha mixture has cooled down fill in the molds. Place the popsicle sticks and put the mold back in the freezer until fully set.
Xianna’s Creamy Caf Popsicles [makes 8-12 popsicles, depending on mold size]
1 cup creamer or half-and-half
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
3 tablespoons chopped chocolate
1 1/2 cups cold brew coffee
1 cup milk or dairy alternative
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a large measuring cup or bowl, whisk together the half and half, sugar, vanilla bean paste, and salt. Fill up the popsicle molds with about 1 to 2 ounces of cream mixture. Place the pops in the freezer to let this layer firm up for 30 to 60 minutes.
Heat the sugar, cornstarch, cocoa, chocolate, coffee and milk in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly until until the mixture thickens. Remove it from the heat and whisk in the vanilla extract and salt. Let the mixture cool to room temperature.
Once cooled, remove the molds from the freezer and finish filling each mold with the cold brew mixture. Freeze the pops for 4 to 6 hours.