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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Recipe Swap: Chocolate Avocado Chipotle Tequila Popsicles

After taking a month off from the Recipe Swap, we are back in full force to kick off the first weekend of summer with our individual remakes of a Chocolate Mint Pie.

My first inclination was to make an inside out pie in the form of a crunchy mint truffle using the homemade creme de menthe left over from my shamrock shake adventure. Days before this post was due I received an invitation to a Top Chef Drink party ... being held at my house!

Visions of glasses smudged from smoldering rosemary, concoctions bubbling with pop rock inventions and deconstructed cocktails swirled in my head. The only thing I knew for sure was that I didn't have a lot of time to create the winning drink AND prepare for the party.

I toyed with chocolate and mint in a drink but I couldn't get past the girly martini stigma surrounding those flavors. A frozen cocktail felt a bit better, but it needed a savory edge, something almost spicy. And it needed a filler. The obvious choice was a Greek yogurt until I remembered a chocolate avocado shake I once made. Avocados are green and so is mint, seemed like a fair swap.

Truth be told, this chocolate popsicle became the party favor as guest walked through the door, to help set the mood of the evening. My final entry into the drink contest was a caprese cocktail with a basil-infused vodka followed by a tomato granita. Turns out I won first place, but was disqualified for knoodling with one of the judges!

There's no reason to wait for a cocktail challenge to make these fun popsicles; they are a fat and happy pick me up every day of the week!

Fat and Happy Food Blog Tips and Techniques: This popsicle can be made without the avocado, it becomes a fudgier treat. But the addition of the fat gives this body and a healthy kick.

 Spicy Chocolate Tequila Popsicles
 with Avocado and Chipotle

1/2 cup Raw Cacao
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 ripe California avocado
1/4 cup tequila
1 cup Chipotle Simple Syrup (recipe below)

Heat 1/2 cup of  water and mix in the cocao and sugar. Cool. Place the chocolate mixture in a blender, add in the avocado, the Chipotle Syrup and the tequila.  Blend until mixed, adding in additional water as need to help the mixture blend smooth.

Once frozen, the heat from the chipotle becomes slightly stifled; so don't be afraid to mix the pudding with more heat than you want the final product to be.

Fill mini paper cups and place in the freezer. Add the toothpicks when the pops are firm enough to hold the toothpicks upright. Enjoy once the popsicles are frozen.

Yield: about 20 mini popsicles

Chipotle Simple Syrup

1 cup water
1 cup sugar
3 Chipotle peppers, canned with juices

Add all ingredients to a small sauce pan, heat just to dissolve the sugar, allow to cool. Let the chipotle syrup steep for a couple of hour, the remove or strain out the peppers. Use as directed above.

Bonus recipe: Orange Amaretto Popsicle

1 cup Greek yogurt
1 orange
2 -4 tbls amaretto

Juice the orange, ideally you should have about 1 cup of fresh juice. Stir together all the ingredients. Fill mini paper cups and place in the freezer. Add the toothpicks when the pops are firm enough to hold the toothpicks upright. Enjoy once the Orange Amaretto Popsicles are frozen.

The orange popsicles freezes more solid than the chocolate; both are fantastic, they just react differently.

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  1. How creative! These sound so wonderful! I have always liked the spice in my chocolates and this sounds like absolute heaven!

  2. Love, love, loooove it! As I said in my post, I don't love chocolate and mint. But chocolate, avocado, and chipotle? YES, PLEASE. I will make this recipe this summer. No doubt about it.

  3. I love the idea of chipotle syrup with avacado and tequila. That is just fabulous. And will we also be getting the recipe for that award winning caprese cocktail soon?

  4. Oh my goodness, the chipotle simple syrup sounds fantastic!

  5. Whoa! Really creative twists! Don't you love those surprise hosting gigs?
    I love these flavors, and for starters, I'm going to make some chipotle simple syrup and leave it in the fridge to see what else I can use it on - that's such a great idea!
    Thanks, as always, for a great swap recipe!

  6. Avocados, tequila, chipotles AND chocolate? Oh wow. I am majorly impressed. What a cool spin on a chocolate mint pie. I love this idea, will have to give it a try this summer.

  7. This is seriously sinful. They just look so inviting. I like what you did with the recipe this month. It's perfect for the season for sure. Plus it's just yummy.

  8. This is one of the most original recipes I've seen in a long time! What a fun idea!

    I’d love for you to share this recipe (and any of your other favorite avocado recipes) in the avocado link-up/giveaway that I’m hosting with Kristen of Dine & Dish right now.



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