Zoku Popsicle Maker: Fudgesicles with a Cayenne Kicker
Inspiration comes at the oddest moments. When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I do, still laying in bed, is a scroll-through of email, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to see what happened over night. Sunrise is at 5 something now, alarm goes off at 6, and there is zero chance I’m getting out of bed before that. On one of those scroll-throughs, Chronicle Books was doing a Twitter contest to win a signed copy of the Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream Bookand a bag of bacon peanut brittle. All you had to do to enter was come up with a dream Humphry Slocombe flavor. My idea: Chocolate y Churros — a cayenne-kicked Mexican chocolate ice cream with churro chunks (I didn’t win)…but it led to these cayenne-kicked fudgesicles for the Zoku.
For real a punch of chocolate, these are bittersweet kissed with a dash of cinnamon, cayenne and salt. I’ll definitely be moving this to the ice cream phase. But I think the churros will have to be legit. I was ready to cut a corner (pssst, Costco), but it really should not be done (don’t do it, seriously). I think the French Crullers at Use Real Butter might do the job, rolled in cinnamon and sugar.
You can decide if you need a dash, smidge or a pinch of the cayenne. I’ve just goosed it with cayenne, enough to be, “Ooh, spicy,” but not “Damn, that’s hot!” If you’d rather have a Nutella fudgesicle, that’s over here.