Rudolph eggnog ice cream bars

By Raquel Fox
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Rudolph is here... in the summer? These delicious ice cream bars are perfect for 'Christmas' in July - they're adorable, taste incredible and are great for kids.

SERVES
6

Ingredients

  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) granulated sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups (375 mL) whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons (10 mL) pure vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mace
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon (2 mL) salt
  • 1-1/2 cups (375 mL) 35% whipping cream

Assemble:

  • 6 popsicle molds with sticks
  • 400 g semi-sweet chocolate
  • 3 tablespoons (45 mL) coconut oil, melted
  • 12 candy eyes (or white chocolate chips with a dot of chocolate as pupils)
  • 2 caramel or chocolate coated pretzel sticks (antlers)
  • 1 red hot candy, M&M’s candy, jellybean or half of a cherry (nose)

Directions

  1. Add the egg yolks, sugar to a medium bowl, and whisk to cream the mixture. Gradually add the whole milk while continuing to whisk until well-combined.
  2. Place a small saucepan over medium heat, add the milk mixture.  Cook while stirring frequently until the consistency of the mixture coats the back of a spoon, for about eight to ten minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat, place a sieve over a bowl and strain the mixture. Whisk in the vanilla extract, nutmeg, mace, cinnamon, salt and heavy cream. Cover with plastic wrap and chill until cool.
  4. Add to your ice-cream machine and follow instructions to churn the mixture into soft ice cream.

Assemble:

  1. Add the soft chilled ice cream to the molds and level with a silicone spatula. Insert the popsicle sticks, transfer to the freezer to set overnight.
  2. Add the chocolate and oil to a glass bowl, transfer to a microwave or over a double broiler and melt (stirring every 30 seconds) until smooth. Remove from heat, transfer to a tall glass, let cool.
  3. Line a baking sheet or plate with wax paper. Dip each ice cream bar into the chocolate, let excess chocolate drip into the glass, while the thin coating sets.  Place on the wax paper, repeat with the others.
  4. Decorate the reindeer’s face by using the chocolate as a glue, store in the freezer for one month.

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