Coconut paletas

Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Yields Makes about 1 dozen paletas, depending on size
Coconut paletas

Toasted cacao nibs


In a heavy saucepan, combine the cacao nibs, water and sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil, then remove from heat and set aside until cooled. Meanwhile, heat an oven to 250 degrees. Strain the cooled nibs, discarding the liquid, and spread out on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake until the cacao nibs are dry and toasted, about 40 minutes. Season with a pinch of salt, or to taste, and set aside to cool.


In a blender (or in a large bowl using an immersion blender), blend together the milk, coconut puree and sugar.


Pour the mixture into the popsicle molds, followed by a heaping teaspoon, or to taste, of the cacao nibs. Place the lid over the molds and fit each with a wooden stick. Freeze until solid, preferably overnight. Unmold the popsicles and freeze again for at least 2 hours.


While the paletas are freezing, combine the coconut flakes and powdered sugar in the bowl of a food processor and pulse to form coconut sugar. Set aside.


Dip each frozen popsicle into cream twice, and cover with coconut sugar. Freeze again until ready to serve.

Adapted from a recipe by Rosio Sanchez, chef-owner of Hija de Sanchez in Copenhagen.

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