Mocha Popsicles

in Chocolate, Desserts

Raise your hand if you have a coffee addiction!

Whoa! A heck load of you raised your hand. You know what, I used to be ashamed of my coffee habit, vowing every few months to go on some cleanse to nix it, but I’ve read the reviews and coffee is healthy for me (antioxidants, people).

There are actually nights where I go to bed looking forward to the next morning’s cup of coffee.  I’ve finally come to terms with my addiction and am no longer ashamed. In fact, I recently told myself that I was going to find new ways to implement it in food I love. First way? Mocha Popsicles! Shut up…yes, they’re so amazing. So amazing that on my way into work, I dripped one all over that oxford blue shirt you see in the picture.  (By the way, this is a very common occurence with me.) Thank heavens I use my trunk as a 2nd closet. I’m proud to say that I actually had ample choices to change into! Woo hoo!

Let’s talk popsicles…

They have super strong coffee in them. They have chocolate.  And sweetened condensed milk. Basically, these Mocha Popsicles have every awesome thing ever created.  Except cheese. But that’d just be weird.

Have you ever had Vietnamese Iced Coffee? It’s heavenly. Seriously.  This is basically a Vietnamese Iced Mocha…just frozen solid.

You could make these blindfolded–they’re that easy.  All you have to do is mix super strong brewed coffee (or espresso), sweetened condensed milk, a bit of Dutch processed cocoa powder and mix. I recommend that you do a little taste test and adjust accordingly.  If you want it more chocolately…add more chocolate; want more sweetness…add more condensed milk.  Cooking is fun!

And popsicle molds…umm…why are they made so cheaply? The dang piece of plastic snapped off and broke. Next time I’m thinking I’ll skip the tops and just use plain ol’ popsicle sticks. I’m also taking any recommendations on good popsicle molds…anyone?

Mocha Popsicles

Recipe adapted from David Lebovitz

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Makes 8 popsicles, depending on the size of your molds.

I made super strong coffee using my French press. I put 6 scoops of coffee with 3 cups of hot water and let it sit for 5 minutes.  It came out super strong and perfect.  Also, if you don’t have sweetened condensed milk, David says you could substitute using half & half or milk. I would just add a little at a time to taste.

2 cups (500ml) extra-strong coffee or espresso

2/3 cup (160ml) sweetened condensed milk

1 1/2 tablespoon of unsweetened dutch processed cocoa powder

Mix the coffee with the sweetened condensed milk. Add the tablespoon of cocoa powder. Taste, and add a bit more milk or chocolate powder, if desired. (A spoonful or two is fine, but any more and the popsicles won’t freeze as hard.)

Pour into popsicle molds and freeze until sold. Mine took about 8 hrs.  To loosen the popsicle out of its mold, hold under warm water until it slides out. Voila! Awesome Mocha Popsicles.

{ 52 comments… read them below or add one }

Wrecked Stellar July 28, 2010 at 5:29 am

Yumm, these look delicious!


Tobi Nicholson July 28, 2010 at 6:55 am

ummmmm, hello?? Those look so yummy, I say this as I am finishing my coffee, yes, I too am addicted, thanks for sharing!!!!


Jordan July 28, 2010 at 7:27 am

Want. Now.


Tara July 28, 2010 at 7:38 am

Oh YUM!!!! I need some mocha popsicles!


Mary July 28, 2010 at 7:42 am

::raises hand!::

YUM! These look so delicious! A must try! Great blog; happy I found you!

Mary xo
Delightful Bitefuls


Cassie July 28, 2010 at 8:25 am

YUM, 3 cheers for coffee.
I am so making these as a grown up dessert this week


Maria July 28, 2010 at 9:28 am

I love making homemade popsicles! Great flavor here!


Nicole July 28, 2010 at 9:46 am

I am not a coffee person (party pooper, boo, I know :)) but these look delicious and I want to make these immediately. I’m sad you’re not happy with your molds because I was going to ask where you got them. I’ve had my eye on these rocket molds :)


Naomi July 28, 2010 at 9:58 am

A few months ago I was out with friends and we were drinking Vietnamese coffee and thought that it would make the best ice cream. Then I went home and made some and we were sooo right. I hadn’t thought about adding cocoa powder, that would probably send it over the top.


Adrianna July 28, 2010 at 10:01 am

Nicole–I got mine at Cost Plus…they’re were only like $3–I should’ve known! The rocket molds are super cute! I think it really depends on how long the plastic stick is. If it’s long, then it should work just fine.

Naomi–Vietnamese coffee is seriously my new obsession. It in ice cream form would be incredible!


Becky July 28, 2010 at 10:13 am

*raises hand* Haha, glad I’m not the only one who falls asleep dreaming about the next morning’s coffee! These look SO delicious – can’t wait to try them myself! : )


kickpleat July 28, 2010 at 10:25 am

Wow, this looks amazing!! I love vietnamese iced coffees but have never made them into popsicles. I’m slapping myself right now. And cocoa? Yum.


sarah July 28, 2010 at 10:36 am

yumm – eeeeee! Now I must try this Vietnamese coffee you speak of – right now.


Morning Cloak July 28, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Those look delicious! I am saving my coffee addiction for when I have kids someday. I figure I’ll really need it then haha


Adrianna August 13, 2010 at 12:02 am

Totally understand that!


Nikki July 28, 2010 at 1:05 pm

This may be the perfect treat for me!!!
Yum looks amazing!



Cristina July 28, 2010 at 3:10 pm

First time here…great blog!

Luv these mocha pops, I’ve gotta try them! Too bad about the mold cracking like that.


Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets July 28, 2010 at 5:09 pm

These look delicious and so refreshing! I love frozen coffee desserts.


Nancy July 28, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Coffee? Yum. Chocolate? Yum. Sweet Milk? Well almost Yum — since I’m dairy-free. But, I bet I could use an alternative. And, I will. Love these.


Adrianna July 28, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Nancy– I bet coconut milk would be an awesome substitute!


Marlis July 28, 2010 at 7:36 pm

Ohhhh, my daughter and I loooove mocha. We’ll make this soon!


Zabrinah's Blog July 28, 2010 at 8:54 pm

Woww! What a wonderful alternative to coffee! Especially perfect for a hot summer day!

Best wishes from one blogger to another,



Adriana from Baking Powders July 29, 2010 at 4:55 am

do you see my hand? it’s up there, raised… COFFEEEEE (drools)

i love this recipe! needless to say i love any kind of popsicles, but mocha? let the popsicle mania start! i’m making these today…

btw, my mum used to say I eat like a chicken… spilling all over the place


mrsblocko July 29, 2010 at 6:55 am

This looks like an awesome popsicle recipe. I can’t wait to try it.

The rocket molds mentioned on here look like they are tovolo brand. I have had the star shaped molds for about 3 years now and I love them. They are in constant use and clean up great in the dishwasher. Do a search for tovolo popsicle molds on Amazon if you want to check the molds out.


Becca July 29, 2010 at 7:36 am

I’ve been saying all summer that I need to get a popsicle mold. This is just one more reason!! These look delish, and I can totally justify one of these for my afternoon coffee fix!


Tracy July 29, 2010 at 10:51 am

What a great series of photos! I must confess that I am addicted to that morning cup of coffee as well…And the evening espresso.


Memoria July 29, 2010 at 5:37 pm

I’m making this tonight. I can’t believe how it easy it is to make! It looks fabulous.

I bought some cheap molds, too, but I’ve only used them once, and the popsicles didn’t come out of the mold. I found out from another blogger that you have to place the molds in warm water for a few seconds to release the popsicles. Also, there are some fancy, schmancy molds out there that freeze the mixture without placing them in the freezer. I forgot the name of them, though. They had a couple blog giveaways for them a few weeks ago. I didn’t win :( hahaha.

Anyway, thanks for this easy recipe!! I have condensed milk, but if somebody were to use the substitutions you mentioned, wouldn’t they need to add some sugar or some sort of sweetner? Just wondering… Take care!


Adrianna July 29, 2010 at 5:41 pm

Hi Memoria–After the first one broke, I ran the rest under warm water for a bit so they’d loosen up. I’ll add that to the blog post because I think that’s pretty valuable info!

I think if you use coconut milk, or soy, or any substitute you definitely should add some sugar or agave. I bet coconut milk and a little agave would taste fantastic! Hope you like!


Chocolate Shavings July 29, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Those popsicles look delicious!


lunettes July 30, 2010 at 5:32 am

These are the ones used in our house… they’re small (2oz) but they don’t break! I love them.

Orka Ice Pop Molds


M. July 30, 2010 at 10:56 am

this just sounds amazing, it would feed my coffee addiction perfectly :)


yummy supper July 30, 2010 at 11:46 am

No way! These look too good and simple to be true.
Loved the post and had my hand raised high alongside all the other coffee addicts:)


Tickled Red July 30, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Oh my coffee addicted heaven :) !!!


Jennifer July 30, 2010 at 7:48 pm

I had these in the freezer all last summer. I had completely forgotten about them! Thanks for the reminder.


Betty @ scrambled hen fruit July 31, 2010 at 3:42 pm

These look wonderful! I’m going to try them with decaf so I can have them any time of day. Thanks for sharing!


amelia from Z Tasty Life August 1, 2010 at 8:23 pm

oh, how interesting! I bet a touch of chili, like cayenne, would make them pop out even more!


Mallarie August 6, 2010 at 8:08 am

These look sooo yummmyyy!!! there perfect if you need a little caffeine pick-me-up when its scorching hot outside during these summer months :) About the cheap plastic molds…If you’re not worried about the popsicles having a fancy look, what I always did growing up is use the small paper dixie cups, and place a regular wooden popsicle stick in it. Then once their frozen, just tear the paper cup off the popsicle and viola!! :) Not as pretty, but just as yummy!!!


Adrianna August 13, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Yep! This is my new method. Super easy!


Danny August 14, 2010 at 11:09 am

The next time you are at the house, you definitely have a lot of things to make. This being ONE of them! haha! :)


Danny August 14, 2010 at 11:12 am

I’m drinking coffee right now too.


Cecilia June 1, 2011 at 4:02 pm

These aren’t even done freezing and I already like them. The mix is quite nice in liquid form. Great and simple recipe!


shan July 10, 2011 at 3:52 am

Hand up. I used this in my new Zoku pop freezer gizmo — wonderful!


Donna June 25, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Oh, thank you!! Starbuck’s used to make mocha popsicles that I was addicted to. They stopped making them and I was devastated. These taste just like them. Oh joy!!!!


Maggie July 18, 2012 at 9:57 am

Making these popsicles now, as a treat for some house guests. I read your book The Sweet Life in Paris to prepare for our first family vacation to Europe. I wish I would have finished it before we got to Paris. There were so many great tips about Parisian travel and SOOO funny.

I’m a teacher in Berkeley and had the daughter of one of your former friends/colleagues from Chez Panisse in my class last year!


Adrianna July 18, 2012 at 10:10 am

Oh I think you may be thinking I’m David Lebovitz. I am not. But I like him!


Dela June 18, 2013 at 7:40 pm

I made these in my Zoku popsicle maker. Freezes in 5-8 minutes. Love my Zoku and these popsicles!


Adrianna Adarme June 18, 2013 at 7:48 pm

I need one of those popsicle makers in my life!


Hadas October 3, 2013 at 12:28 am

came out great – thanks!!! I use the zoku quick pop, I love it, just wish I would have gotten a double or triple and not the single.


Dr.v December 4, 2014 at 3:44 am

Hi! Just made this with coconut milk instead of condensed sweetened. omg. Maybe it will make it to the freezer, haha!


Adrianna Adarme December 4, 2014 at 9:34 am

Girrrl, good idea!


Sharon Breese June 15, 2015 at 4:26 pm

I made these but used chocolate protein powder in place of the cocoa. Excellent!


Adrianna Adarme June 15, 2015 at 10:58 pm

oh nice! that’s a good idea!


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