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Truly Buzz-Worthy

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All it took was one glowing recommendation from America’s favorite talk show host, and the market was suddenly flooded with new products utilizing acai berry, the supposed super-food that claims to do everything from preventing wrinkles to aiding in weight loss. Costing a small fortune, lacking scientific evidence to support such fantastical allegations, and never once mentioning anything about being delicious, I didn’t exactly race out to see what the hype was about myself. Rather, despite giving these exotic fruits the cold shoulder, the hype came to me, in the form of some trial acai berry juice acquired during my visit to the Fancy Foods Show. Tentatively taking a small first sip, my fears were instantly realized- Bitter, medicinal, and chalky at best, this was no beverage I wished to even store in my fridge. Perhaps it was just the brand, or the individual batch, but this strange witch’s brew did not agree with my palate.

Unfortunately, my generous sample of two full cartons sat dejectedly in the chill chest, untouched and unloved. Trying to think of the health benefits while pinching my nose and chugging the juice, I was able to polish off the first, but I couldn’t help but think that there must be a better way to finish the second. Far too valuable to simply dump, I set about searching for a tastier solution.

This was definitely a job for dark chocolate, an anti-oxidant powerhouse itself and the ultimate flavor enhancer, guaranteed to cover up the nastier aspects of that uber-healthy berry. Taking it easy on such a hot summer day, basic fudgesicles with some hidden nutritional benefits were just what the doctor ordered.

Superfood Fudgsicles

1/2 Cup Coconut Milk
3.5 Ounces Dark Chocolate, Finely Chopped
11 Ounces Acai Juice
1/3 Cup Agave Nectar
Pinch Salt

Heat the coconut milk for 60 – 90 seconds, until just on the brink of boiling, and pour it over the chocolate. Let sit for a few minutes to allow the chocolate to melt, and then stir well, until completely smooth. Pour in the acai juice, agave, and salt, and mix thoroughly to combine. Let cool to room temperature, and pour into popsicle molds. Place in the freezer and allow at least 4 hours before serving, or until the popsicles are completely solid.

Makes 6 – 8 popsicles

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Author: Hannah Kaminsky

Author of My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Desserts, Vegan a la Mode, and Easy as Vegan Pie.

36 thoughts on “Truly Buzz-Worthy

  1. never thought of combining chocolate and acai. did you ever get around to trying the frozen acai berry puree from whole foods? that’s the one I usually buy and add to my smoothies. your shot of the popsicle in the ice is great!

  2. I ve never heard of this acai berry. Really interesting! these Popsicle look delicious :)

  3. Yay! I love that you used coconut milk. I can’t do the soy, so I have been big on coconut and almond milks!

  4. I love the name of this! And tell me, can i substitute the acai juice with something else? :D

  5. Clever! It’s great that you didn’t let all that juice go to waste. Wasting food is one of my pet peeves – I hate it! And anything combined with chocolate can’t be all bad! ;-)

  6. Looks lovely!

    I really like the shape/design of that popsicle, too.

    Sounds like the perfect way to cover up that less-than-stellar acai taste, just like you said :)

  7. I love the fact you took something that tasted bad and used it to make something that looks and sounds delicious! That definitely appeals to my frugal nature!

  8. This is making me want to buy ice lolly moulds!!

  9. wow looks delicious!!!

  10. WOW not only is that picture perfect (so vibrant!!!) but also healthy!! Great job!

  11. I don’t think I’ve ever tried acai berry by itself…only in smoothies and stuff where I couldn’t really taste it. And even then it wasn’t for its “powers” it just happened to be there. Now….acai and chocolate, that I can get excited about :)

  12. I think this is the best frozen dessert recipe I’ve seen all summer!

  13. Wow that is sooo pretty and looks delightful!

  14. I had the same reaction to acai juice. Blech! Your popsicles look fun, but I’d probably substitute blueberry juice (a superfood that tastes good! Ha!)

  15. Interesting combo. I love acai and I love chocolate so it sounds like a winner to me!

  16. It looks good in popsicle form.

    Isn’t health hypes funny? Have you heard fo Goji Berries? People are putting it into any food that they can. Lke Brownies! I gag at that because I grew up wih goji berries, but the Chinese use it in herbal soups and drinks. We don’t exactly eat them because the soup has the extraction in there along with other weird herbal roots and stuff I use to wonder what it was.

  17. You are like the dessert queen! Let me know if you need someone to help eat all these items!

  18. Wow, this sounds yummie, coconut milf and acai juice. Great for the summer days! I have a “little something” for you, please go to http://simplerecipes.me/ at the bottom of the post :-)

  19. Wow – you are positively pumping out the posts! (like that alliteration?)
    Dark chocolate makes nearly everything better! Love the picture.

  20. What a great after school snack for kids! I used to think that acai actually resembled chocolate but I think that adding real dark chocolate to cover it up is a great idea. Can you substitute a milk that’s lower in fat for coconut milk?

  21. Acai is so good and so cheap in Brazil!!! You found a great way to make it ;-)

  22. Great picture…that fudgsicle looks delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

  23. You’ve done it again – another genius recipe. That cookbook at the top of your page, “my sweet vegan”, do they sell it in stores? Or can I only order through you? Or online? I want to buy it. Your recipes are freaking incredible.

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  25. Perfect! A double dose of health that’s chcolaty!

  26. Great, healthy summer cooler!

  27. wow, this sounds so good! i am definitely going to try this! i love the “superfood fudge” hahahahaha

  28. This looks like the perfect summer treat. I love berries :)

    Rose

  29. What an interesting flavour combination. Not one I would have thought of but it sure sounds delicious!

  30. I loved your vanilla brown butter cupcakes and this is just heavenly!

  31. Hehehe, I love that you had to mask it & better yet, with chocolate!

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  33. Turning lemons into lemonade – great job! :D

  34. This is amazing. It would be the most perfect nutrient dense treat for my Crohn’s and cancer clients who are in desperate need of nutrients and have little to no appetite.

  35. Acai is best eaten sweet (cold with sugar) or if not, combined with food, like fish, meat or dried shrimp. Those are the traditional ways of eating it , and i gotta say, better than mixing it with granola, banana or whatever they created to ‘pump’ the idea acai berry is the new superfruit – energetic and full of nutrients.

    I’m from where acai berry is original – parĂ¡ state, brazil.

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