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Quick Valentine's Day desserts that will impress from Zoku

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Valentine's Day is quickly approaching. Whether you are planning an ultra romantic dinner or a family friendly dinner with the kids, dessert is the pinnacle of the meal. For many, dessert can be the difficult course. Baking can require patience, exact measurements and time. This year skip the oven and serve a quick, delicious frozen treat for Valentine's Day with a Zoku Quick Pop Molds.

Zoku Quick Pop Molds create delightful frozen treats with little effort. Simply take the Zoku out of the freezer, pour your favorite juice, yogurt or chocolate pudding. In a few minutes, your frozen treat is ready to eat. No electricity is required nor is hours of effort. With the Zoku, you can customize your treat to fit any flavor profile.

For Valentine's Day, chocolate is always a favorite. With the Zoku Quick Pop Mold, you can create this delicious treat that will melt your Valentine's heart.

Zoku Valentine's Day (recipe courtesy of Zoku blog).

Makes 6 Pops

INGREDIENTS FOR THE FUDGE BASE

  • 1 cup (8 oz) water
  • 2 oz semisweet chocolate ¼ cup Nutella*
  • pinch of salt
  • ⅓ cup (2 ½ oz) 2% milk

FOR THE QUICK SHELL

  • ⅔ cup (4 oz) semisweet chocolate chips
  • ⅓ cup (2 ½ oz) refined coconut oil

FOR THE GARNISH

  • ¼ cup toasted hazelnuts, finely chopped

MAKE THE FUDGE BASE

In a medium saucepan over low heat, whisk together the water, chocolate, Nutella,* and salt until the chocolate has completely melted (do not boil) and chocolate granules have dissolved, about 5 minutes (test by dipping a clean spoon into the mixture; if you don’t see many chocolate specks, it’s ready to come off the heat). Let cool slightly (about 10 minutes). Whisk in milk. Refrigerate until cool.

MAKE THE CHOCOLATE QUICK SHELL

In a double boiler over barely simmering water, whisk together the chocolate and coconut oil until the chocolate has completely melted. Remove from heat and let cool completely before applying to pops. Yields ¾ cup of Quick Shell.

ASSEMBLE THE POPS

Remove Zoku Quick Pop Maker from the freezer. Insert sticks and pour the cooled Fudge Base into each cavity until you reach the fill line. Let freeze** completely and remove the pops with the Super Tool. Pour the Quick Shell into the Zoku Chocolate Station and dip your Quick Pops into the cavity to evenly coat your Quick Pops in Quick Shell. Fill chopped hazelnuts into the Sprinkle Tray and then dip the Quick Pop into the tray. Repeat with remaining pops.

*Nutella is a registered trademark of Ferrero.

** Due to the use of Nutella in this recipe, you may notice a longer freezing time. - See more at: http://blog.zokuhome.com/tagged/Pops#sthash.IsbkoLfU.dpuf

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