DIY Chocolate Dipped Coconut Popsicles

Erin, the food blogger behind The Almond Eater, is back again this week to help us count down the days until summer. Today, we’re celebrating National Chocolate Ice Cream Day with Chocolate Coconut Popsicles – definitely a must-make on our summer to-do list. These Chocolate Coconut Popsicles are dipped in chocolate and just what you need to curb your sweet tooth and cool down on a hot summer day. Bonus: they’re dairy free and only 6 ingredients!

You know, for being a food blogger, I’m pretty terrible at keeping up with the food holidays. I blame it on the fact that there are several different food “holidays” every single day. With that said, I think it’s fun when you put up a recipe that happens to coincide with a food holiday.

Lucky for me, my friends over at American Eagle informed me that today is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day, so I figured, what better way to celebrate than with chocolate popsicles?

Chocolate Dipped Coconut Popsicles

I had been eyeing a popsicle mold for two years (kind of pathetic, I know), and I finally broke down and purchased one about a month ago. Best decision ever? I think yes. Also, if you’re ever debating something for two years, you should probably just bite the bullet and DO IT.

I don’t know about you, but popsicles instantly remind me of my childhood. After spending all day out in the sun, what else was I supposed to eat to cool down? Popsicles were always the answer. For some reason, you don’t hear about adults eating popsicles nearly as much as kids, and I’m guessing that’s partially because many of the store bought popsicles are full of fake flavors and generally just not that good. Yeah, I said it. Lucky for you, these chocolate coconut popsicles are quite the opposite!

Chocolate Dipped Coconut Popsicles

These popsicles are:

  • Creamy
  • Equal parts chocolate and coconut
  • Dairy free
  • 6 ingredients
  • Sweet but not too sweet
  • Practically perfect

The cool thing is that you can make this recipe in a blender, so the prep time is only five minutes, if that! Once you’re ready to devour them, you take them out of the freezer, dip them in melted chocolate and gobble them right up. But you already knew that.

Recipe

Ingredients:
1 can (13 oz.) coconut milk
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder or cacao
¼ cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips
¼ cup coconut oil

Directions:

  1. Combine milk, cocoa, syrup, and vanilla extract in a blender and pulse for at least 30 seconds or until mixture is completely smooth.
  2. Pour mixture evenly into popsicle mold and freeze for at least 2 hours.
  3. When you’re ready to eat the popsicles, prepare the chocolate dip.
  4. Heat chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave-safe dish for 2 minutes, stirring the mixture every 30 seconds; set aside.
  5. Remove popsicles from the freezer and follow instructions on the mold package on how to remove popsicles from the mold.
  6. As you remove them, dip each popsicle in the chocolate mixture and then place on a plate or baking sheet; repeat for all popsicles and then place them back in the freezer for 15-20 minutes.
  7. Remove and enjoy!

What are you eating to celebrate National Chocolate Ice Cream Day? Tell us in the comments below!

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DAY TO NIGHT BLACK & WHITE

Keep it simple this summer! Our stylist’s outfit of week takes you from day to night in black and white. Throw on this matching set for Saturday brunch and stay cute and comfy all day (and night!) long.

DAY TO NIGHT BLACK & WHITEShop Erin’s Look: Bobble Trim Tank | Print Short | Street Level Faux Leather Bucket Bag | Slip-On Platform Espadrille | Sunglasses

Our Bobble Trim Tank and Print Short is a super soft and breezy set for long summer days. Match them together for this outfit, then mix them with solids or different prints for endless outfit options to come. Accessorize with our Sunglasses and AEO’s Street Level Faux Leather Bucket Bag, and add a twist with a different print on the bottom in AEO’s Slip-On Platform Espadrille.

DAY TO NIGHT BLACK & WHITE

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How to Make Double Chocolate Donuts

“Hey guys, I’m Stephanie from I am a Food Blog. When Aerie asked me to create something inspired by their b&w collection, I immediately thought of panda donuts! My favorite black and white animal is a panda. There’s something so cute about their furry little faces. And, they’re always dressed to impress!”

How to Make Double Chocolate Donuts

“These donuts are baked – no messy frying and healthier to boot. Candy melts make it easy to glaze and pipe little faces and the oreo ears are just adorable.”

 

How to Make Double Chocolate Donuts Panda Baked Double Chocolate Donuts
makes 6 panda donuts
• cooking spray, for the donut pan
• 3/4 cup all purpose flour
• 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, warmed
• 3 ounces dark chocolate chips
• 1/2 cup brown sugar
• 1 large egg yolk
• 1/2 cup buttermilk
• 6 mini oreos, halved
• 1 cup white candy melts
• 1/4 cup black or brown candy melts

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Lightly spray a 6 count donut pan with cooking spray.

2. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.

How to Make Double Chocolate Donuts

3. In a separate large bowl, add the chocolate chips to the melted butter. Stir until the chocolate is melted completely. Stir in the sugar and egg yolk until well mixed. Add the buttermilk and mix until smooth.

4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until there are no streaks of flour, being careful not to overmix. Pipe evenly into the donut pan. Bake for 7-10 minutes or until firm.

How to Make Double Chocolate Donuts

5.Cool in the pan for 1 minute, then flip the pan and gently coax the donuts onto a cooling rack. Let the donuts cool completely.

How to Make Double Chocolate Donuts

6. Melt the candy melts according the instructions. Dip the donuts in the white and let set. Pipe on eyes and a mouth. Gently use a knife to cut slits into the doughnut where the ears should go. Dip the oreos into a tiny bit of candy melt and slide into position.

How to Make Double Chocolate Donuts

How to Make Double Chocolate Donuts

Enjoy!

Stephanie

How to Make Double Chocolate Donuts

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AEO FESTIVAL FASHION 2016: What To Wear To Governors Ball

This weekend, we’re packing our #AEOFESTIVALSTYLE and heading to Governors Ball for fun times, great bands and good eats. From The Strokes to HAIM and everyone in between, this year’s lineup is one you don’t want to miss. Check out what we’re eating, wearing and who we’re excited to see. Not able to make this years festival? Follow us on Snapchat (@AEO) and Instagram to get in on the action.

Pack:
Girls: A festival outfit wouldn’t be complete without denim shorties. Add a crop top, a flowy kimono and comfortable sandals to create a free-spirited vibe. Add a crossbody bag and lots of accessories to make your #AEOSTYLE pop.

AEO FESTIVAL FASHION 2016: What To Wear To Governors BallShop the look: Denim shortie (shop similar) | Ruffle Sleeve Kimono | Multi Braid Sandal | Street Level Bucket Bag (shop similar) | AEO First Essentials Eyelet Bralette | Women’s Accessories

Guys: Keep it easy with your favorite pair of denim shorts and t-shirt. Rock a pair of buckle sandals and accessorize with a solid hat and sunglasses.

AEO FESTIVAL FASHION 2016: What To Wear To Governors Ball

Shop the look: AEO Denim Shorts | Stripe Crew T-Shirt | Double Buckle Suede Sandal | AEO Baseball Hat (shop similar) | Classic sunglasses

See:
Friday:
The Strokes: Formed in New York City, this American rock band is energetic, fun and addicting.

AEO FESTIVAL FASHION 2016: What To Wear To Governors Ball

Photo credit: @TheStrokes

Beck: This American born indie-rock artist best known for his hit song “Loser” began his active years as a musician in 1985. 31 years later and he’s still killing it.
RobynThis Swedish electropop beauty has been on previous AEO playlists. Her catchy lyrics and beats create a vibe that’s perfect for dancing.

AEO FESTIVAL FASHION 2016: What To Wear To Governors Ball

Photo credit: @robynkonichiwa

Saturday:
Miguel: Recording artists, singer, songwriter, producer and has been creating music since he was thirteen…what does this guy not do? Check out

HAIM: This fierce fore some from Los Angeles has pop rock sound with a punch. Three sisters (Este, Danille and Alana) and drummer Dash Hutton curate songs that are perfect for your never ending summer playlist.

AEO FESTIVAL FASHION 2016: What To Wear To Governors Ball

Photo credit: @haimtheband

The KillersThis rock band from Las Vegas knows how to put on a show. With electrifying hits such as “Mr Brightside” and “Human“, this band has been “killin'” it since 2001.

Eat: 
by CHOLE.: Chow down on vegan burgers and fries! Healthy and tasty…what could be better?
Tacombi: Extra queso anyone? Authentic Mexican food is hard to beat. Corn tortillas filled with the good stuff. Make sure you grab a fresh pressed juice to complete your meal.

AEO FESTIVAL FASHION 2016: What To Wear To Governors Ball

Photo credit: @tacombi

SnowDays: Weather in NYC this weekend is going to be warm. Cool off with some shaved cream and load it with #allthetoppings.

Black Tap: Burgers and milkshakes are just better together. These wacky and colorful milkshakes have been making some serious headlines around the US! Bonus, this food is totally ‘gram-worthy. Snap those buns before they’re gone.

AEO FESTIVAL FASHION 2016: What To Wear To Governors Ball

Photo credit: @blacktapnyc

Milk: End your weekend on a sweet note with Milk desserts. Our personal fave? B’day truffles.

AEO FESTIVAL FASHION 2016: What To Wear To Governors Ball

Photo credit: @milkbarstore

Are you heading to Governors Ball this weekend? Share your photos with #AEOSFESTIVALSTYLE for a chance to be featured on our Instagram!

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How to Style a Jumpsuit

One & only! Caitlyn from How Do You Wear That goes black to the white in our Print Jumpsuit and matching Half United Wrap Bracelet. How to Style a Jumpsuit“It officially feels like summer! Absolutely love it. Summer style means super light fabrics that you can throw on right out of the shower, ocean or pool and look put together with little-to-no maintenance, accessories and layers. Which is kind of funny because I am usually all about the layering. This easiest way to achieve this super casual & low maintenance look is with jumpsuits, rompers & dresses in light breezy fabrics like gauze, chiffon, cotton.  Ah, I could honestly eat, sleep, work, beach it and everything in between in this jumpsuit I am currently wearing. SO comfy + the print is fun, but not too overwhelming. & the best part – it is so light!”

How to Style a Jumpsuit“In this look, I was coming from a long weekend down at the beach and just finished up my jammed packed work day so I wanted to throw on something comfy I could relax in for dinner. I paired it with my reversible American Eagle tote bag (literally been living out of this! Perfect color combo of black or tan!) and a delicate necklace (that can ALSO be worn as a bracelet. Oh, also –  if you purchase one it feeds 7 meals to children in need. You really cannot beat that…) So awesome. Aerie + American Eagle are so practical and carry relatable (and wearable!) pieces for everyone. I  l o v e  it!

How to Style a JumpsuitShop Caitlyn’s Look: Print Jumpsuit | Half United Wrap Bracelet | Street Level Reversible Tote

How to Style a JumpsuitHow to Style a JumpsuitShow us what makes you #AerieREAL on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to be featured on our Style Gallery! xo

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Black to the White

Keep it simple this summer! Our fave new trend is as easy as black and white. Think soft and breezy tops and bottoms, flirty black lace bralettes peeking out underneath, and new crochet and strappy swim. All made to mix and match!

Black to the WhiteShop the look: Elastic Triangle Bralette | Vintage Lace Thong | Wide Leg Pant | Cropped Mesh Tank | Hand Crochet Triangle Bikini Top | Hand Crochet Teeny Bikini Bottom | Photoreal Tank | Soft Short | Multi-Braid Sandal | Square Sunglasses

Go wild, Aerie girls! xo

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