Mocha Pops

Just about the time my daughter turned 2 months old, we discovered she has a milk, soy protein intolerance (MSPI). I was nursing and wanted to continue so I’ve been following a milk-free diet for a little over a month. I love my milk and ice cream, but knew I wanted to make this work if I could. Lately it has left me feeling a bit deprived so I’ve been trying to fill this milk-free void in my life. No cheese, no ice cream, no big glass of skim milk with my dinner. (I know, you can hear the violins playing in the background.) Needless to say, I’ve been looking for new ways to fulfill my sweet tooth since so many great desserts have milk as an ingredient. I found a simple recipe in one of my Better Homes and Gardens cookbooks and knew it would be easy to modify and still be a sweet treat for me to enjoy.

coffee + a little cream + chocolate syrup = mocha pops

It really is that simple. These can easily be modified to your tastes. I used rice milk instead of half and half. You could simplify this even further by using a chocolate almond milk instead, for example. Wouldn’t a coffee and caramel popsicle be delicious?

Mocha Pops

3 cups of brewed coffee, chilled
3/4 cup half and half (use fat-free for a lighter option)
1/2 cup chocolate syrup (use reduced-calorie or sugar-free for a lighter option)
15 3-ounce plastic cups (or popsicle molds if you have them)
15 popsicle sticks (wooden craft sticks) or plastic spoons (optional)

1. Combine coffee and half and half. Add chocolate syrup. Whisk until well mixed.

2. Pour coffee mixture into plastic cups and cover each with foil.

3. Use a knife to make a slit on each foil cover, then insert the popsicle sticks or plastic spoons. Freeze for about four hours.

4. Run a little warm water around outside of cup to release the popsicle, then enjoy!

mocha pops

I’ve found the cup makes a great resting place for a partially eaten popsicle. I just never know when my 3-month-old daughter will need me!

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3 Responses to "Mocha Pops"

  1. I love all these recipes with coffee!! Looks great, thanks for the recipe!

  2. Audra Losey, MS, RD

    Janel – I haven’t tried coconut milk yet, but I bet it would work well. Thanks!

    Kat- Thanks for the laugh! It is so true!

  3. I have never made anything with rice milk. So glad the recipe turned out delicious. I too could not consume milk products when I was nursing my son (16 years ago) so I can relate!