Friday, September 24, 2010

Chocolate Kiwi Popsicles - Simple Saturday

When I can cover something in chocolate and STILL know that it's healthy - I'm a happy gal!
Chocolate Kiwi Popsicles
If you're wondering how much fruit is really in these chilly snack bars, take a good look. It's literally a slice of kiwifruit that has been dipped in a very thin, but crispy coating of chocolate and coconut oil.
That's it. I could ramble on, but that's the recipe, period.

1) Kiwi - peeled and cut in 1 inch thick rounds
, with a popsicle stick in each round. Freeze on a tray in the freezer.
2) 1 cup Chopped dark chocolate and 1/2 cup Coconut oil - melted over a double boiler, then cooled to room temp.
3) Dip each Kiwi-pop into the chocolate mixture (it will immediately turn crispy) and place on a tray to refreeze or pass around right now. I've had Kiwi in salads, and cakes, but when I received a box of kiwi from the Zespri Kiwi Growers (as part of a blogging program), my first thought was how much I wanted to keep the kiwi looking and tasting as true as possible.According to their reports, this year's crops are really sweet and yet still have their usual low glycemic index. That makes kiwi a great food for diabetic issues, weight conscious diets and low-fat, low-carb snacking. Here are a few facts that surprised me and made me want to keep eating those fuzzy little odd-balls.One serving of KIWI:

* contains the same amount of fiber as a BOWL of bran cereal.

* contains the same amount of potassium as a banana

* provides the recommended dietary allowance of vitamin C


and...

Folate (good for pregnant women), Lutein (helps prevent age-related blindness), Zinc (healthy hair, skin, teeth), Vitamin E (antioxidant and immune system booster) AND...the enzyme found in green kiwifruit makes a natural meat tenderizer. Who knew?


Now, as good as these popsicles taste - I'd really love to eat one of those kiwifruit while laying on the beach in the Bay of Plenty in New Zealand. So, I'm entering Zespri's Kiwi-contest (a trip for 4 to New Zealand!) - which you can do also, just by the usual filling out name, etc and letting them know. Go check out the Great Kiwi Adventure site.

You don't have to buy anything, they obviously just want to get the word out about KIWI.
Speaking of words, my teenage son (who thought he didn't like kiwi) was at a loss for words when he tasted these popsicles. He then passed them out to his friends and it was the most quiet this house has been in a while. Their mouths were full of Chocolate Kiwi Popsicles. Mmmm.

62 comments:

C.G. the Foodie said...

Oh yum. I LOVE everything about this recipe. It is easy, sweet, AND full of some of my favorite foods - especially kiwis!

Robyn said...

Can't wait to try this, beautiful photos, great idea, thanks:)

Joseph's Grainery Recipes said...

Awww schucks...these popsicles blow my kiwi blackberry breakfast cupcakes out of the water. :)

Jennifer said...

Wow I love this idea! Ive done similar with bananas but never kiwis!

Lauren said...

Such a brilliant idea Cathy! I love kiwi and paired with chocolate (and frozen)?! I think it may be heaven. Will definitely keep this in mind the next time I grab a kiwi :)

♥ Ad Hoc Glutton said...

Genius! :D I bet they taste good, I love both kiwis and chocolate!

Kim - Liv Life said...

Gorgeous photos and what a wonderful idea1! Love the dipping chocolate, my daughter dipped bananas today, but the chocolate was a bit gloppy... love the addition of the oil, I think that will really help for next time. We will give these a try too!

Teresa said...

forever innovative! this looks amazing....

Lisa said...

What a delicious way to enjoy fruit. Love the colors.

Planbster said...

My daughter says, "We should so do that"! Very clever.

Sippity Sup said...

These are so original and so pretty to boot. I think Zespri will certainly take notice. It was great meeting you at camp, please stop by SS and say hello. GREG

Suzy said...

Genius! I know these must taste great and the color is so pretty.

The Cilantropist said...

Hey these are the kiwis they sent us home with on Saturday! they are fabulous, and I am impressed with your creativity to make these chocolate kiwi pops. Great to meet you at Campblogaway!

Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} said...

Oh what a great treat! Would have been so nice on this extremely HOT day, it was over 110 degrees.

Nancy said...

These are adorable and I bet they taste delicious!!!! Best part is they are so simple to assemble - would be a fun project for kids!!

Jean at The Delightful Repast said...

Cathy, these are adorable! And I know they would be delicious as well. What a treat! Wish I'd had one of these at camp last Saturday!

Mary said...

Brilliant! I love this idea!! Yum!

Mary xo
Delightful Bitefuls

Erika said...

wow. you rock showfood chef!

Big Mama Cass said...

Those look divine! I MUST make them!!

Anonymous said...

It's a KIWIFRUIT, get it right.

Cathy @ ShowFoodChef said...

Thank you all for the wonderful comments. This recipe has been enjoying renewed interest and I appreciate it so much. I do acknowledge that the term "Kiwi" is a shortened version of "Kiwifruit" and is often used in its shortened form in many countries. Thanks to all for stopping by and hope you try the recipe :D

Kim said...

Is there anything that would act as a good substitute for coconut oil?

Cathy @ ShowFoodChef said...

Kim, thanks for stopping by. I haven't tried it, but others have and said a little canola oil worked also.

Jocelyn said...

I never would have thought to dip kiwi in chocolate...but then again anything is fabulous in chocolate:-) Great pics too!!!

handmadecreativity said...

Hi, I'm Taced from Italy... great idea!
If I try it, I post it on my blog:
http://handmadecreativity.blogspot.com/
and I will write you!
Bye, Taced

handmadecreativity said...

Hi, I make them: you can see here
http://handmadecreativity.blogspot.com/2011/05/finti-gelati-di-cioccolato-e-kiwi.html
bye, taced

nostalgiainthemaking said...

LOVE this!!! I want to go home and try it immediately! Thanks.

savoringtoday.com said...

Love this idea so much I featured it on Savoring Today. Glad I stopped by. :)

Marie said...

Just made these and their delicious!! Do you know if the leftover unused chocolate can be kept at room temperature for a few days? Or do you have another advice to keep it because I didn't use all of it and it would be a shame to throw it away :( ...

Cathy @ ShowFoodChef said...

Marie: The chocolate does stay well for a couple days just in regular temp. room in an airtight container/bottle. I've dipped other frozen fruits in this, too - or scoops of frozen ice cream or just drizzled it over ice cream and it's fantastic. Thx for stopping by. :D

cathy said...

Tried it yesterday and I couldnt look how fast my friends ate them :) They were really really good !!!

Jan said...

Made these today and love them! Posted a link to your blog on my blog. My daughter found the recipe on Pinterest. Thanks for sharing!

YOLO!
Jan

http://wp.me/pR5Eb-lm

Lindsay @Eat, Knit, Grow said...

Yum! Love this idea! How many kiwis did that amount of chocolate coat?

Cathy @ ShowFoodChef said...

Lindsay, thx. I covered about 3 Kiwi Fruit sliced up with that amount. It covers in very thin, crispy coating unlike plain thick chocolate coating.

Toni said...

What a great idea, I actually live here in New Zealand in the Bay of Plenty, surrounded by orchards of kiwifruit and orchards of Avocados. It is glorious to have this beautiful seasonal fruit available mostly free for us locals. I will be trying to out for the kids next they will love it

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Slip and Fall Lawyers said...

my first thought was how much I wanted to keep the kiwi looking and tasting as true as possible.

injury lawyer said...

What a great idea, I actually live here in New Zealand in the Bay of Plenty, surrounded by orchards of kiwifruit and orchards of Avocados. It is glorious to have this beautiful seasonal fruit available mostly free for us locals.

BMI calculator said...

What a great idea, I actually live here in New Zealand in the Bay of Plenty, surrounded by orchards of kiwifruit and orchards of Avocados. It is glorious to have this beautiful seasonal fruit available mostly free for us locals.

African Mango said...

Gorgeous photos and what a wonderful idea1! Love the dipping chocolate, my daughter dipped bananas today, but the chocolate was a bit gloppy... love the addition of the oil, I think that will really help for next time. We will give these a try too! African Mango

film streaming said...

Speaking of words, my teenage son (who thought he didn't like kiwi) was at a loss for words when he tasted these popsicles. He then passed them out to his friends and it was the most quiet this house has been in a while. Their mouths were full of Chocolate Kiwi Popsicles. Mmmm. film streaming

serie streaming said...

Wow I love this idea! Ive done similar with bananas but never kiwis! serie streaming

Ellen said...

These looks super yummy! TFS

Shelly @A Creative Space said...

I agree, the photos are just as lovely as the recipe! Just to clarify, the coconut oil is in a solid form prior to adding it to the chocolate to melt? I was wondering if anyone was going to mention the other name of the Kiwi... Chinese gooseberry! (I think the New Zealanders just decided to name it after their bird.) My husband & son are in NZ now, touring Auckland University. Thanks for sharing this!

new to dvd said...

that has been dipped in a very thin, but crispy coating of chocolate and coconut oil.

Valérie said...

I like it!

Kyou said...

if just use melted chocolate dont mix coconut can or not?

Niska said...

I have grown up eatting kiwifruit but would never have thought to coat it in Chocolate, cant wait to get some now. Thanks for the great idea.

augcott said...

I am DEFINITELY going to try this out! Question: do you have to use the coconut oil???? What happens if you don't?
Thanks!
:-D

Cathy @ ShowFoodChef said...

Hey augcott: thx for stopping by. It def works better and the chocolate is thin with a great crispness to it if you use the coconut oil. You can also use vegetable oil, but the coconut gives it a good taste. :D

Anonymous said...

Is is okay if I use white chocolate and do the same thing my husband doesn't like chocolate

Janice said...

Just found your blog via Pinterest. Wow, I love what you do, off to follow :-)

Maria said...

It´s a very good idea, I think I´m going to do when I´ll buy kiwis next time! I see you again, like me your blogs and your ideas! ;)

Amy said...

I have TONS of chocolate left over w/this ratio (1 cup chocolate, 1/2 cup oil, & 3 kiwifruit). Off to the store to buy more fruit to dip.

Linda said...

Cathy, I stumbled on this recipe from a post on Step Into Health Wellness Centre Facebook Page. I agree with you that everything tastes better with chocolate.

I had some kiwi and chocolate on hand so I thought I would give it a try. I didn't have any popsicle sticks so I made mine as "Bites". I tend to like spices in my chocolate so I added cinnamon, turmeric and cayenne pepper. They were delicious. I think these might be a regular stable in my freezer. So much better than ice cream.

I posted my version on my blog at http://projecthealthyeverafter.com if you want to take a look and pointed them towards this original recipe. Thanks so much for posting.

Andrea said...

These look so good! I featured them in my post today. can't wait to try them! http://lilkidthings.com/popsicle-popsicle-popsicle/

CharlesR said...

These look so good!

Where do you store them?
Fridge or Freezer?

Have a Joyful Day :~D
Charlie

Erica H said...

Kids and Adults loved this one! So pretty, and tasty. We loved this idea so much, we included it in our best of froze treats round up:
http://www.showfoodchef.com/2010/09/chocolate-kiwi-popsicles-simple.html

thank you for sharing :)

D said...

Love it!! Too bad I'm allergic to kiwi...because it looks perfect! Maybe I'll try starfruit or some other fleshy fruit..

The Merri Mum said...

This post was featured in The Merri Mum's "Summer Food: The Quick List"

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Thanks!

Much more than KitKatKiddle said...

KIWI.....It tastes better than candy!
Going to try these KIWI Pops immediately!

Sandra Hersey said...

Oh these look so yummy. I found you from Pinterest and I am repining for sure!
Sandra
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