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Bittersweet Chocolate-Bourbon Pops


Yields 8 pops.

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 100

Dark chocolate and bourbon make for a truly decadent frozen treat. Since the bourbon doesn't get cooked, it's worth splurging on the high-end stuff.

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  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3-1/2 oz. bittersweet chocolate (70% to 72%), chopped
  • 2 Tbs. Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp. table salt
  • 2 Tbs. good-quality bourbon (like Knob Creek)

Put the sugar, chocolate, cocoa powder, salt, and 2 cups water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly. Transfer to a 4-cup glass measure (or any container with a spout for easy pouring). Let cool at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Stir in the bourbon and divide the mixture among eight 3-oz. pop molds or wax-lined paper cups. Freeze until just set, about 3 hours. Insert craft sticks and freeze until completely set, about 4 hours more. When ready to serve, unmold or peel off the paper cups.

Make Ahead Tips

The pops can be frozen for up to 3 days.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 120, Fat (kcal): 6, Fat Calories (g): 50, Saturated Fat (g): 2.5, Protein (g): 1, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 0, Carbohydrates (mg): 19, Polyunsaturated Fat (mg): 0, Sodium (g): 35, Cholesterol (g): 0, Fiber (g): 1,

Photo: Scott Phillips

Love these! Brought them to a pool party. When I announced what I had brought, you couldn't imagine a bigger crowd of adults waiting for me to pop these suckers out of their molds! Curious and excited they were for such an unusual treat. And they loved the taste. It was a memorable part of the day. People still talk about it. Best EASY to make! Worst part...the dark chocolate DOES stain clothes!

Wicked good!!! Super easy.

Great flavor! Use a upscale bourbon! Very easy -- except the long wait 'till frozen!

Easy and really good. A great gluten-free, dairy free treat.

Made these adult fudge-icles for a friend's BBQ two weeks ago and everyone raved! Excellent and SO easy! Will definitely make again...and again!

Very simple to make, and I love the decadent taste and texture! This is my new go-to recipe for summer entertaining!

Super good, easy to make. Simple to leave out bourbon for kids. Gave me lots of ideas for other pops.

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