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Have a Heart!

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Quick, can you guess what is shaped like a heart, and may also be good for your heart? Since research seems to indicate that pomegranates can fight heart disease, my frozen pomegranate lollipops fit the bill quite nicely! Lucky enough to receive a few bottles of POM juice to play around with, I knew that blood-red elixir was bound for a special V-Day dessert the moment it landed on my door step.

Though Valentine’s Day isn’t a holiday that I typically celebrate, it does lend itself to a variety of fun treats that I’d otherwise have no excuse to create, and any reason to get into the kitchen is good enough for me.  The first experiment resulted in these simple yet crowd-pleasing pops, complete with crisp chocolate shells and vibrant pink interiors. A healthier alternative to the generally cream- and butter-soaked bon bons that one might give, I think such a carefully constructed morsel would make a much more thoughtful gift to someone you care for. Plus, who can resist food on a stick?

Eat your heart out or just give it away; There are plenty of options for such symbolic sweets, whether romantic or macabre!

Pom Ice Cream Pops

Meat of 1 Coconut
1 1/2 Cups 100% Pomegranate Juice
1 Cup Agave Nectar
1 14-Ounce Can Sliced Beets, Drained
1 Tablespoon Lemon Zest
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Pinch Salt

Homemade Magic Shell

To make the ice cream centers, simply toss all of the ingredients from the coconut through the salt into your food processor or blender. Thoroughly puree, pausing to scrape down the sides of the bowl periodically, until the mixture is completely smooth. Be patient; this could take between 4 – 10 minutes, depending on how powerful your machine is. Once perfectly blended and creamy, carefully pour the mixture into the indentations of a small, heart-shaped silicon mold. Place on a level surface in your freezer, and let rest for at least 6 hours or overnight, until frozen solid.

Pour any excess ice cream base into an air-tight container, and store in the freezer as well. You can scoop this just like any normal ice cream after about 24 hours, no churning necessary! Bear in mind that it does become more solid the longer you leave it, however.

Prepare your magic shell and lay out a silpat-lined baking sheet to place your finished pops on.

Removing one heart from the mold at a time, carefully but firmly insert a lollipop stick into the bottom of the shape, pushing it straight in without twisting or jiggling it, as this will elongate the opening and make it more likely to fall off later. Dip the whole heart into the magic shell quickly, immersing the pop a little ways up the stick as well to help “glue” it in place. Let the excess chocolate drip off, and place the finished pop on the silpat. Repeat with the remaining hearts, pausing between every two or three to return all of the ice cream hearts to the freezer for 15 minutes, to make sure they don’t get too soft and become difficult to work with.

Stash the whole baking sheet in the freezer until you’re ready to serve the pops.

Eat immediately after removing from the freezer; these hearts melt fast!

Printable Recipe

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Author: Hannah (BitterSweet)

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

54 thoughts on “Have a Heart!

  1. wow… it looks delicious… yum yum…..

  2. Okay…hold on a second while I go pick my jaw up off the floor. I do not know how you can make things that look so spectacularly perfect! Seriously, it shocks me! This looks like something I would have to order in a fancy shmancy vegan icecream parlor! You are too awesome!

    I love that there are beets in there, I love the flavor so much I know this would be a huge hit with my tastebuds. And chocolate covered anything is always a winner. :-) Happy Valentines Day!

  3. These are fantastic! Totally attainable too. I was expecting to be intimidated by this recipe when I first saw the gorgeous pictures, but I think I could handle this! Plus, I’m game for anything with beets.

  4. I love chocolate lollipops. Yours look so yummy. I would give my heart for having one of its !

  5. Beautiful pops (and who doesn’t love anything on a stick?–you are too funny!). The combination of pom and beets sounds intriguing. . . and of course I love anything with beets!

    Hope you have a Happy V-Day, Hannah! :)

  6. So beautiful! Not sure about the beets though. I dislike then canned.

  7. Wow,so beautiful! I really want to make this:-)

  8. They are so perfect! And, such a gorgeous color. Love. Love. Love.

  9. Sounds and looks lovely. It’s too bad 100% pomegranate juice is so difficult to find here in Finland. :-( I guess pomegranate molasses could be substituted and the amount of agave nectar tweaked, would just need some experimenting.

  10. You are so very creative! These look wonderful!

  11. What cute ice cream pops! I love the way the POM pops (hehe) against the chocolate.

  12. The combination of those ingredients sounds just delish! (I love anything with coconut.)

  13. Candy to the eye!
    I love this recipe! I can’t wait to take it for a spin!

    What I love most is how you never use fake food coloring… and it looks better then food colored items!

    I just KNOW they are yummy, and I just can NOT wait to make this. They will not be as pretty as yours!
    <3
    LOVE.

  14. These are so beautiful! Amazing. Really. Wow!

  15. those are so super adorable!! i wanted to combine my love of crafts and food by making truffles in heart-shaped boxes for valentine’s day. so exciting!

  16. I love the vibrant color of those pops! I am seeing so many things with Pom these days… I have to find out if they sell it here!

  17. O wow, these look amazing.

  18. You have amazing chocolate covering skills!

  19. One of my favorite posts yet, these are beautiful.
    yaay!
    xo
    Eco Mama

  20. If one of the vegan ice cream companies doesn’t buy this idea from you, I will be shocked. So cute and yummy looking!

  21. These heart pops look so yummy and romantic and pretty! What cute idea!

    Sophia,

    http://whatyourmommadidntknow.blogspot.com/

  22. Love this idea and totally appreciate you for using natural colors!

  23. Okay that looks delish. Be my valentine? ;)

  24. amazing!!!! beets and pom in a dessert :) and coconut!! love it!

  25. Hi there! Your blog makes me hungry, and I’m worried if I look at it too long I’ll break all my new year weight loss resolutions. Love the pictures, I’ll have to try out this recipe this weekend, thanks for posting it!

  26. omg so beautiful/professional as always

  27. How creative- and what a vibrant color! Lovely lollipops, I say.
    -VEGirl

  28. Those are so cute! And I adore the flavor of pomengranate…

  29. That magic shell stuff is occasionally really a godsend. As is pomegranate juice. And coconut. Apparently.

    These look amazing! That deep pink is absolutely gorgeous. Quite enticing and the perfect Valentine’s Day treat.

  30. What cute creations!!! love them!

  31. Such a very interesting and beautiful recipe!

    Happy V-day to you!

  32. Those are gorgeous, Hannah. I’m so impressed. I love the inclusion of POM and beets. You’re a woman after my own heart. :-D

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your loved ones!

  33. great, now i’m hungry and lusting for pomegranate+chocolate+ice cream! look what you’ve done!

  34. Those are GORGEOUS! While I’m not a supported of Pom, I may have to find an alternate juice source & make these!

  35. How sweet! Those look absolutely amazing! It sounds so yummy to use meat of coconut, Mmm!!! I’m so in love with this recipe, thanks for sharing, Hannah!

  36. I’m loving the beetroot!! Inspired, my dear, inspired.

    Rosie of BooksAndBakes

  37. I am declaring you my valentine! I want one of those please :)

  38. Very cute! I’d love it if someone made these for me! :)

  39. Hannah, these are too cute! I wish I could be biting into one as I type. Love the coloring as well. Bravo!

  40. I am not usually a pomegraate fan, but this recipe intrigues me. You never cease to impress me Hannah!

  41. Wow!!! so beautiful, so perfect, so delicious, so atractive… Please, BE MY VALENTINE!!!

    PERFECT. I’ll print it right now.

  42. this is lovely, I like the texture and colour too!

  43. Very beautiful creation, looks wonderful. Peace, Stephanie

  44. I love the color! But do they taste like beets?

    Happy Valentine’s Day, whether you celebrate or not, and I heard it was your birthday recently, so Happy Birthday, too!

  45. Oh that looks so good and I need to try it. Great blog! I’ve have link on mine. Happy Valentine’s day;)

  46. wow you hearts look amazing and if it wasn’t supposed to be asleep instead of awake at 5am I’d be on my way to the supermarket to get me a coconut :o)

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  48. oh I just fell in love with these!

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  51. Sooo delicious looking, I’ll have to mention it on our blog :).

  52. Hi, Does the recipe call for young coconut, or the brown coconut? Also, can you use fresh beets instead of the canned beets?

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