Today’s tip might be a natural for Valentine’s Day, but we like it even more for the cold drinks of summer.
These chocolate ice cubes are the brainchild of the Parisian chocolatier Jean-Paul Hévin.
His Summer Chocolate Ice Cubes are simply a chocolate ice cream recipe that gets poured into ice cube trays instead of an ice cream churn. Why didn’t we think of this years ago?
While M. Hévin’s recipe is for a family-friendly, gourmet chocolate milk drink, you can also use the chocolate ice cubes in cocktails or with liqueurs.
They keep your drinks cold, as they add chocolate flavor by slowly melting. Use them:
In regular drinks: Iced coffee, an egg cream, an ice cream soda, or a simple glass of…regular or chocolate milk.
In cocktails: Black Russian/White Russian, Chocolate Martini, Coffee Martini, Grasshopper, etc.
With liqueurs: Add to a rocks glass of chocolate, coffee or Irish cream liqueur.
RECIPE: CHOCOLATE ICE CUBES & VANILLA MILK
The recipe makes enough for one ice cube tray: cubes for 6 rocks glasses or 4 highball glasses. While it goes without saying, we’ll say it: Make the ice cubes 6 hours before you plan to use them, or the night before.
The vanilla milk also needs to chill for several hours. You can make the entire recipe the night before.
You can also enhance the flavor with chocolate-friendly seasonings: cayenne pepper, cinnamon, instant coffee, nutmeg, etc.
Add a teaspoon of spice to the ice cream mix.
Mix the spice with coarse/decorating/sanding/sparkling sugar for a sugar rim.
Hévin’s recipe starts with his homemade ice cream, which is poured into ice cube trays instead of churned into ice cream.
We used Lactaid milk so that all of our crowd, including the lactose sensitive, could have them. Lactose-free milk is virtually like regular milk, but the lactose (milk sugar) that is hard for some people to digest has been de-activated. All the Lactaid products (cottage cheese, ice cream, holiday egg nog) are delish!
6.8 ounces/200ml milk
3.5 tablespoons/50ml water
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon sugar
Optional: 1 cup of instant coffee (prepared, not granules)
70g of 66% cacao dark chocolate
Ingredients For The Chocolate Ice Cream
2.5 cups/600ml whole milk
1/4 cup/60g sugar
1 vanilla bean
For The Vanilla Milk
Liqueur of choice
Straws for tall glasses
Sugar, spiced sugar or cocoa mix rim (use sparkling sugar/decorating sugar
1. CHOP the chocolate finely and place it in a heat-resistant bowl.
2. COMBINE the milk and water in a saucepan. Add the sugar, cocoa and coffee and mix thoroughly to avoid lumps. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Then…
A tall glass with chocolate ice cubes, and  wioth the vanilla milk added (photo courtesy Nordljus).  How about a Black or White Russian in this rocks glass (photo courtesy Ellen Fork).  Who won’t drink milk with chocolate ice cubes and a cocoa powder rim (photo courtesy Oxmoor House)?