Cuckoo for Coco(nut) Pops

Vegan coconut ice pops with grated sweetened coconut

I felt nostalgic, I had a craving for my grandmother’s coconut ice pops that she used to make and sell in St Kitts. My sister and I were chatting a last week about how much we loved these things. How many memories we had about them. As a child growing up in the Caribbean, in a place with an average 87 degree day, these treats were a blessing. A delicious made with love, cool you down, made you feel better, blessing. The entire neighborhood used to come to my grandmother’s house to buy these. She made peppermint, strawberry and coconut flavors. I am a huge fan of the peppermint and I am looking forward to making some when I get my peppermint extract delivered. 

I have no idea what her recipe was, but I knew she made it with love, with joy and and with the satisfaction of knowing that she brought so many of us happiness through food. I was hoping the memories of eating  these pops would help me come up the right flavors, and they did. When I finally got the mix right, I got a wash of flashbacks, and I knew I had connected to that special place in my life. It’s amazing how food can do that. Immediately I felt like I was 5 or 7 or 10 years old again. I kept the recipe simple and used only 5 ingredients; coconut milk, sugar, vanilla extract, sweetened grated coconut and non dairy vanilla creamer. I added in LOTS of shredded coconut for a little texture.

Ingredients: 

1 can coconut milk

1 cup cream

2 tbsp white sugar

4 tbsp grated sweetened coconut *I love my pops full of coconut, if you aren’t a fan of shredded coconut I would reduce it to half or eliminate it completely.

1 tsp vanilla extract 

This recipe is as simple as it gets, the complexity is in the love and joys it brings. 

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Pour into a 6 part cupcake pan, add popsicle sticks and freezer for about 6 hours. 

If you have a popsicle maker you can use that, I didn’t, hence the cupcake pan. I also only had one popsicle stick I cut in half for two pops, I also used cut off takeout forks as substitutes. Sometimes we don’t have the right tools but you can execute, who cares what you used. Trust me, by the time you get to eat these you will not care about what it was made in. 

I really enjoyed taking this walk down memory lane on such a warm day in NY. Most days my apartment reminds me of a tropical vacation destination, today this completed the mirage that I very much needed. Take a quick trip with this treat, we all could use an escape. 

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