Ice Cream Bar Lollies

Kitchenware shops seem to have a commanding pull on my person and my purse. I don’t really protest too much when my feet unconsciously direct me through their doors but The Scotsman would. At least, he would if he know just how frequently it happens. In this case, what he doesn’t know, won’t kill him!

I browse kitchenware shops slowly, carefully, taking in all their stock, registering what I want to purchase in the future, and seeing how much I can get away with buying at that very moment. I am currently on first name basis with the obliging staff at Tavola, where they sell everything from Mauviel (whimper), Kitchen aids, Global, Henckels, ASA, Alessi to Wilton, Silverwood, Nordicware, Le Creuset, Jamie Oliver and Silikomart to name a few. I spied these ice cream moulds made by Silikomart and they have various shapes and sizes in their Easy Cream series of products. I got myself the classic mould and promptly set out to make one of the parfait style recipes in the booklet that came with it. They were a resounding success. I have since, typically, lost the booklet, but miraculously retained a vague idea of quantities and methods. So, one morning, I winged it and it worked! I now pass it on to you.

Oh, just want to mention – these Chocolove 55 percent bars are the ones I used for this recipe. I can’t find any of the lower percentages and I am not a milk chocolate fan. The Green & Black chocolates, I find, have quite a fruity element and I use those, when I have incorporated a fruit puree into the whipped cream. With the Chocolove, there is a real nut flavour that comes through, and it married perfectly with the final nut coating I did on the bars. They also, in a kitschy-cute manner, come with a poem enclosing the heart embossed bars. Can you not imagine a handsome boy handing over a bar of this to his blushing sweetheart? Aww. Never happens.

Back to business….

And this, is what you get…..

Listen, I have to tell you now – Don’t expect these to be as unnaturally soft set as the commercial lollies. I say unnatural, because ‘stuff’ is added to trap air and keep it airy and on-the-verge-of-melting soft. This ‘stuff’ in essence are various gums and stabilisers, designed to trap air and keep it trapped, which is difficult in a home environment, if not almost impossible. Personally, I prefer a little more licking time with no nasties. The creamy yet light, vanilla infused filling is sheer indulgence against the crackly dark chocolate and along with the bite of the pistachios and almonds, makes for a delicious mouthful.

Things to note :

Do not whip the cream brutally. Firstly, you risk making butter before you could even say toast. Whisk carefully, you want volume and airiness, and the cream should hold soft peaks. Any more, and I find the ice cream part, makes for a harder bite. 

You have to make sure that you freeze the filled mould for at least four-five hours, so that when it comes to coating with the chocolate, it will instantly freeze over the ice-cream, rather than the cream melting due to the heat of the chocolate. 

When it comes to chocolate, the bitter 70 percent and higher ones are not advisable. The freezing renders whatever little sweetness there is non existent. A 40-55 percent chocolate is good to use in this case, for a dark chocolate hit while retaining sweetness. 

It’s not about perfection here. My coated lollies came out lumpy and bumpy and probably with too thick a coating, but I don’t care. These are delicious. You would get a smoother surface, if you melt at least three bars of chocolate, and have a long enough tumbler whereby you can dip in the lolly, in one neat move. I don’t and have to resort to using zip lock bags. Also, technically, you need only one bar of melted chocolate to cover four of these bars. I would rather have the cellulite look in this case, than waste expensive bars. However, should you want perfection, and have loads of melted chocolate left over, I have the perfect recipe at the end, to use it up. 

You could go nuts with this recipe, pun included. Consider folding in a raspberry puree into the semifreddo and coating with melting white chocolate. Coconut is never far from my mind either – homemade ice cream Bounty bars, now that’s an idea! Caramel swirled into the cream…need I say more.

Also, there is such amazing variety of flavoured chocolate, the proper stuff. I have made bars using chocolate with a hint of chilli, the ones with raspberries in them with the fruit puree mixed into the cream. In these cases, I also up the sugar content of the recipe too as these bars are usually darker. If you are going to go the caramel route, dust your bars with sea salt. If mint and chocolate is your thing (and I struggle to appreciate it), feel free to give that a shot too. Just don’t let me know about that one.

Here’s a bonus. Should you be left with around half a cup of melted chocolate after coating the bars, this recipe makes perfect use of it – Chocobites.

For half a cup of chocolate – toast 150gm of nuts of your choice, chop roughly and mix with the chocolate. It might feel like there isn’t enough liquid to bind it, but have faith. I have sometimes, put in half a teaspoon of  liqueur in the mix too. Chopped cranberries, cherries or dried raspberries work exceedingly well. Spoon tablespoon sized mounds onto  a lined baking tray and place in the fridge to set. I topped some of them with the praline mix I had made for the toffee cake. In about an hour, you will have a pretty healthy little treat. There is no added sugar, chocolates are packed with anti oxidants and we all know the benefits of nuts. These craggly mounds, make charming hostess gifts too. The leftover egg white from the ice cream can be put to good use by baking these super easy macaroons. Or  just bag them and freeze to use another day.

All in all, this has been an utterly satisfying thing to make. My children think I am a genius and I am not going to dispel that myth for a while yet. In the meantime, compliments and consumption of vegetables are rewarded with ice-cream lollies, sans nasties. Tis all good! 

For Ice Cream Bar recipe, click here

For Chocolate Bites recipe, click here

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48 comments

  1. Shira

    These bars look utterly phenomenol and I am so happy to finally visit your gorgeous blog! The choconuts are going to be made immediately :) Wonderful post and pics – thanks!

  2. oooo… the Kwality chocobar of my childhood gone all gourmet!! You domestic goddess you!!
    as for your choco bites… i have a version where i add muesli and call them muesli rocks!! cheesy.. i know!! :)

  3. Your kids are right–I think you’re a genius too! :) I love the description of kitchenware shopping, it’s so decadent.

  4. Your kids are right! you are a genius..I know my kids would eat all the veges in the kitchen for one of these lollies1

  5. Amy

    Oh wow, these look amazing! I especially love the chocobites too! :) Love your photos, they’re gorgeous!

  6. Sam

    Wow, Carrie these look absolutely scrummy. Right up my street ;) we must be on the same wave length as I too looked at some ice cream moulds, with similar thoughts in mind. I love my nuts and yes, the coconut, would be amazing. Also love to do a dark maltezer one! so have to try these after holidays.
    Yes, I love the kitchenware at both venues and can spend so much time in there, like a kid in a candy shop ;) I went to Lakeland yesturday and hubby also quite happy to browse, I quickly popped a few items in the trolley (hehe) and have a list of extras, for a later date ;) X loving the model ;)

  7. Pretty interesting stuff… Seriously… your kids are lucky to have u as their mom… I loved the idea and the whole DIY icecream concept!!! :)

  8. I have an addiction to kitchenware too! (guilty!) regarding your choc icecream bars, they look like perfection to me! Also love that you’ve included a recipe for the left over yummy bits, ingenious :)

  9. I have the same issue. Sadly, I can’t get away with buying much, but I can only imagine when I have a real job and the damage that I could do!! But PS– these ice cream bars are awesome.

  10. These look fantastic! And better than any Fudgsicle I have eaten. I love the fact that you don’t need to use an ice cream maker since it is a semifreddo. I agree with you about the commercial lollies….Kwality Walls’ bars and cones which we get here in India are beginning to taste a little too artificial. And the chocobites look incredibly tempting.And TAVOLA!!! I love that store. I went berserk there when I visited my in-laws in Doha last year. You walk in, you look around and you feel like buying EVERYTHING. Now I just feel sad that there is no Tavola here.

    • Hey! There has to be some benefit to living in this crucifying heat! If nothing else, Tavola is phenomenal LOL! I know what you mean though, I browse the place weekly, can tell you everything that’s in there and what’s not! They’ve got a huge range just come in, for the baking-decorating site. It’s a good thing I will be out of town for a while, or I’d be solely responsible for their summer profits!

      I have to say, I am very partial to a Magnums. Leaves Kwality in the dust, seriously. Very good, but not free of the stabilisers, flavours, different sugars and gums. So, I don’t feel too bad that I don’t have them.

  11. Ooh lovely!!! With the warm weather we’ve been having lately, I can’t tell you how much ice-cream I have been eating! Despite our tiny ice-box freezer, I might be able to squeeze in a set of these ice-cream moulds … thanks for the inspiration! Yours look like delicious homemade Magnum bars – yum!! I love the photos in this post, especially of your beautiful daughter :-) She is so lucky to have you as her mum.

    • Oooh well now that’s a compliment, I love Magnums so much that I just don’t buy them! Too darn dangerous. And let Lil Miss know that, she has no idea what a star of a ma she has! Haha! Not!

  12. YUM:) I love dark chocolate and pistachios:) Happy Sunday!

  13. I can’t even believe those ice cream bars are real! They’re so beautiful and colorful! I’ve actually never had pistachios and chocolate, and I’m SURE that salty and sweet/rich combo is incredible!

    • Oh pistachios and chocolate are a wonderful combination :-) Nigella makes a sort of fudge with the two and it’s dangerously good. And yes, ma’am, these are real-deal homemade bars! And actually rather easy to achieve. I surprised myself :-)

  14. An ice cream lollie…just before the end of National Ice Cream Month. I love the addition of crunchy pistacchios. They did not just added texture but they also made the lollies look more drool worthy…
    Your little girl is a natural ;)
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  15. We used to call these Chocobars growing up and they were my first love! These look great. You have made me want to buy those molds now. The husband will not be happy!

  16. Rushi!

    Mmmmmm yum and double yum :D Yup they do remind me of those divine magnum bars and now thanks to you we know how to make ‘em at home. I’m heading towards Lakeland tomorrow and I know I’ll come back with a truck load of stuff and probably bankrupt by the end of it, lol.

  17. Caroline, you’re killing me with these beautiful ice lollies! I love the pistachio covered ones, drooool! Beats shop bought hands down any day!

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  19. What a fun treat! Looks absolutely delicious, especially with the added nuts! Yum.

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  21. Gosh, instant drooling Caroline! Simply scrumptious with pistachios and I love the fact you have made chocobites with the leftovers!

  22. Awesome, I can’t wait to try these!

  23. Beautiful photos on this post & great blog!

  24. Amy

    I have these same moulds and think they’re great. Rather than use the recipe given in the pack I most often use homemade custard based ice cream and it works a great. I also sometimes just fill with fruit yogurt for a quick frozen ogurt ice lolly. Yours look beautiful and I agree there is nothing wrong with a thick / lumpy / bumpy layer of chocolate!

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