Tales Of A Reluctant Hockey Mom

Tag was the only sport I played growing up so it’s kind of ironic that I ended up having three boys. And all of them are showing an acute interest in sports just like their father. So by default I’ve become a hockey mom, a kickball coach, and occasional ball girl. On most weekends you’ll find me standing in an outfield trying not to get clocked in the head by a fly ball.

I’m not expected to recite player stats but I do need to know what teams are playing in the Stanley Cup, the SuperBowl and the World Series. Statistics and all that other stuff falls in Brian’s camp. The food falls in mine. So even if I can’t tell the difference between a tight end and a wide receiver at least I can whip up some fun snacks for game days. Which, in my opinion, is even more important than who’s playing!

Football has chicken wings, baseball has hot dogs, but for the recent Stanley Cup Finals I was stumped. After a serious huddle, the boys came up with some great ideas: something cold on a stick, round like a hockey puck, or Stanley Cup cakes. I got this! We couldn’t help the Rangers get that third goal in overtime but at least we scored on the food front.

Hockey Pops - Strawberry, Peaches & Cream & Chocolate

Ingredients (Recipe yield: 6 small popsicles)

1 cup fresh strawberries, diced (or peaches)

or

2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tsp. cane sugar

½-cup unsweetened coconut milk *

Small Dixie cups

Popsicle sticks

*I would recommend using full fat coconut milk for a creamy texture. When you open the can of coconut milk, thick cream will be on the top - so it needs to be mixed before using.

Method

Add sugar to the strawberries (or peaches), toss to coat and let sit for fifteen minutes.

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Add strawberries and coconut milk to a food processor and mix until smooth. Do not over process if you want pops to have chunks of fruit. For the chocolate pops simply whisk together the cocoa powder, sugar and coconut milk. Pour the fruit mixture into the Dixie cups about 2/3 of the way full.

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Cover with foil and pierce a stick in the center.

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Place in freezer for 3-4 hours. When the popsicles are fully set, tear away the cup and enjoy!

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And the VERDICT is:

Matthew (age 7): “Tastes like a cookie in ice cream”

Liam (age 5): “It’s much gooder now that it’s frozen”

Dylan (age 5): “I can’t believe we made these!”

Chocolate was the clear winner. Even if hockey season is over, I think we'll be making these all summer!

 

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