June 29, 2011
This praiseworthy pop a tempting treat for the over 21 crowd

Frozen pops are all the rage, and they also appear to have taken over my brain.

I wake up with ideas for new flavors and textures. Go to bed craving the frozen treat. I think I've gone to the cold side.

My latest quest - create an "adult" pop to be enjoyed after the children are in bed. The result is a Nutella and Frangelico pop that is worthy of praise. The key is to go easy on the hazelnut liqueur (too much and the pop won't freeze). And be sure to keep these pops out of reach of the kids.

For more on frozen pops, click here to check out my story in today's Food & Wine section. Follow the link below to get the recipe for spiked chocolate hazelnut pops.

Spiked chocolate hazelnut pops
Prep time: 2 minutes
Freeze time: About 10 minutes
Makes 3 pops
Note: I made these in a Zoku Quick Pop Maker, but they can be made in any plastic pop mold - just freeze overnight to ensure they're done.

2 to 3 heaping tablespoons Nutella
1/4 cup chocolate soy milk
1 4-oz container of fat free vanilla pudding (1 single serving container)
3 generous tablespoons Frangelico

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir until smooth. Freeze according to pop mold manufacturers instructions, allowing for a little more time given the alcohol. If using a Zoku Quick Pop Maker, freeze time increases to about 10 minutes total.

*The Zoku Quick Pop Maker is available at Williams-Sonoma, Sur La Table, Brookstone, Macy's, Neiman-Marcus, Le Gourmet Chef and at Zoku's website.

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