Frozen Chocolatl (with variations for S’mores Ice Cream & S’mores Ice Cream Sammies!)

October 24th, 2011 11:11 am by Kelly Garbato

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Readers of His Dark Materials get their first taste of chocolatl when, in The Golden Compass, Marisa Coulter uses the sweet, hot drink to lure unsuspecting children into the hands of the Gobblers – more commonly known as the General Oblation Board, a research arm of the church which conducts unthinkable experiments on children and their daemons. (See the excerpt below. Yes, I included an excerpt! ALWAYS QUOTE PHILIP PULLMAN.) A favorite of children and adults alike, “chocolatl” is what people in Lyra’s world call hot chocolate or, more generally, chocolate.

Since I experimented with marzipan ice cream earlier this month, I decided that it’d only be fair to give chocolatl the frozen treatment too. (“Chocolatl.” “Chocolatl.” It just rolls off the tongue, no?) Plus, Chicago Soydairy is totally running a veganmofo contest: create “something amazing” with Dandies, enter to win a year’s supply of the white, puffy stuff. How could I resist? (Answer: I could not. I WAS POWERLESS.)

idk if double chocolate marshmallow ice cream, topped with crumbled graham crackers and even more marshmallows counts as “something amazing” – but given this dessert’s backstory, I’d like to think that it’s “something charming,” at the very least. I hope you agree!

(…and then go pick up a copy of His Dark Materials, stat. I need some fellow heathen vegans to geek out with over Lyra & Will and Mary & the mulefa and the witches and Iorek & Lee and Baruch & Balthamos and dust and the deaths and Xaphania SO BAD IT HURTS! ON A PHYSICAL LEVEL, for reals.)

If not, perhaps the variations for S’mores Ice Cream and S’mores Ice Cream Sammies will do the trick? (I know, bury the lede much?) Three desserts in one!
 

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Frozen Chocolatl (i.e., “Chocolate Marshmallow Ice Cream” in Will’s world)

Ingredients

1 cup soy milk (plain or vanilla), divided
2 cups soy creamer (plain or vanilla)
2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 cup vegan chocolate chips
30 Dandies marshmallows, divided
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup vegan chocolate bark or chocolate chips (optional)
Chocolate sprinkles, chocolate chips, Dandies and/or crumbled graham crackers to garnish (optional)

Directions

1. In a small bowl or mug, combine 1/4 cup of the soy milk with the arrowroot powder. Whisk briskly and set aside.

2. In a saucepan, combine the remaining 3/4 cup of the soy milk with all of the soy creamer and sugar. Whisk briskly over medium heat. Add the cocoa powder and whisk until blended. Add the chocolate chips and one half of the marshmallows and stir until they’re melted. Increasing the heat, bring to a slow boil, stirring constantly.

3. Once the mix begins to boil, remove from heat and add the arrowroot “slurry.” This will cause the batter to thicken noticeably. Add the vanilla extract and mix well. Chill in the fridge for four to six hours or more prior to processing in an ice cream machine. (Usually I prefer to let the batter chill overnight.)

4. Process the batter according to your ice cream machine’s directions. Add the remainder of the Dandies to the batter while it’s processing – earlier in the cycle for smaller bits, later for larger chunks. Ditto: the chocolate bark (or chips). (If you’re afraid of gumming up your machine, you can add them after the batter’s done processing, as you’re dispensing the ice cream. In this case, you’ll need to dice the Dandies by hand.) When done processing, transfer to an airtight container.

5. Serve immediately for soft serve or pop in the freezer for an hour+ for a more solid dessert.

6. Along with vegan sprinkles, chocolate chips, and/or graham crackers, use those extra Dandies for topping. Assuming you didn’t scarf them while waiting for the ice cream to freeze, that is!

 

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S’Mores Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ingredients

1 cup soy milk (plain or vanilla), divided
2 cups soy creamer (plain or vanilla)
2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 cup vegan chocolate chips
30 Dandies marshmallows, divided
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup vegan chocolate bark or chocolate chips (optional)
+/- 12 vegan graham crackers, split in half to form squares

Directions

1. In a small bowl or mug, combine 1/4 cup of the soy milk with the arrowroot powder. Whisk briskly and set aside.

2. In a saucepan, combine the remaining 3/4 cup of the soy milk with all of the soy creamer and sugar. Whisk briskly over medium heat. Add the cocoa powder and whisk until blended. Add the chocolate chips and one half of the marshmallows and stir until they’re melted. Increasing the heat, bring to a slow boil, stirring constantly.

3. Once the mix begins to boil, remove from heat and add the arrowroot “slurry.” This will cause the batter to thicken noticeably. Add the vanilla extract and mix well. Chill in the fridge for four to six hours or more prior to processing in an ice cream machine. (Usually I prefer to let the batter chill overnight.)

4. Process the batter according to your ice cream machine’s directions. Add the remainder of the Dandies to the batter while it’s processing – earlier in the cycle for smaller bits, later for larger chunks. Ditto: the chocolate bark (or chips). (If you’re afraid of gumming up your machine, you can add them after the batter’s done processing, as you’re dispensing the ice cream. In this case, you’ll need to dice the Dandies by hand.) When done processing, transfer to an airtight container.

6. A half hour prior to assembling the ice cream sandwiches, transfer the ice cream from the freezer to the fridge, so that it can soften up a bit.

7. Break each graham cracker in half to form two equal squares. Using a spoon or butter knife, spread the ice cream evenly onto one cracker. (Three tablespoons ought to do it, but you might like a thinner or thicker sammie!) Press the other half of the cracker onto the ice cream, gently but firmly. Repeat until all the ice cream’s gone (or you’ve made as many sandwiches as suits your fancy.) Place them in an airtight container and freeze immediately. Serve ice cold – ’cause they sure won’t stay that way!

[Astute observers may have noticed that the graham crackers I used to make the ice cream sammies are, in point o’ facts, covered in chocolate, as with the S’mores Ice Cream recipe below. You get a cookie! (In spirit!) That was my original BIG IDEA for S’mores ice cream sandwiches – but sadly, it backfired. The chocolate was too hard and thick to bite through! The ice cream just squirted everywhere! Oh, the horra! The mess! The stink of failure.

Alas, since the sandwiches were next-to-impossible to eat, I decided to incorporate them back into ice cream batter: AND S’MORES ICE CREAM WAS BORN!

But if you want to make ice cream sandwiches, don’t dip your crackers in chocolate, is the moral of this story.]
 

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S’Mores Ice Cream

Ingredients

1 cup soy milk (plain or vanilla), divided
2 cups soy creamer (plain or vanilla)
2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 cup vegan chocolate chips
30 Dandies marshmallows, divided
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
5 graham crackers, split into squares
12 ounces vegan chocolate chips, melted

Directions

1. In a small bowl or mug, combine 1/4 cup of the soy milk with the arrowroot powder. Whisk briskly and set aside.

2. In a saucepan, combine the remaining 3/4 cup of the soy milk with all of the soy creamer and sugar. Whisk briskly over medium heat. Add the cocoa powder and whisk until blended. Add the chocolate chips and one half of the marshmallows and stir until they’re melted. Increasing the heat, bring to a slow boil, stirring constantly.

3. Once the mix begins to boil, remove from heat and add the arrowroot “slurry.” This will cause the batter to thicken noticeably. Add the vanilla extract and mix well. Chill in the fridge for four to six hours or more prior to processing in an ice cream machine. (Usually I prefer to let the batter chill overnight.)

4. While the batter is chilling, it’s time to make the chocolate-covered graham crackers which will transform your Frozen Chocolatl batter into S’mores Ice Cream! Place the second, 12 ounce batch of chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for one minute; remove and stir. Continue to heat in 15- to 20-second increments, stirring in between cycles, until all the chocolate chips are melted.

5. Using a pair on tongs or two forks, dip the graham crackers into the melted chocolate, making sure to coat each cracker evenly. You can scrape off any excess chocolate with a fork or butter knife. Place each square on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. When done, store in the freezer for a half hour or until solid. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge.

6. Process the ice cream batter according to your ice cream machine’s directions. Add the remainder of the Dandies to the batter while it’s processing – earlier in the cycle for smaller bits, later for larger chunks. (If you’re afraid of gumming up your machine, you can add them after the batter’s done processing, as you’re dispensing the ice cream. In this case, you’ll need to dice the Dandies by hand.) Using your hands or a butter knife, break the graham crackers into smaller pieces (quarters or smaller). Add them to the ice cream as it’s dispensed or scooped out by hand. Mix well. Enjoy immediately as soft serve or freeze for an hour or more for a more solid dessert. Store in the freezer in an airtight container.

 
Bonus eye candy: Iorek Byrnison, Godless Killing Machine

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Svalbard Beauty, be inspirin’ frozen iced creams.

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All ur nomz will be his!

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Sneaking a sammie for later.

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Reproachful Iorek is reproachful. (Though I don’t know where he gets off, what with all those chocolate stains on his facial fur.)

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My HDM book pile. Read ALL the dark materials!

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King Iorek is impressed. Or not, it’s hard to tell. (Armored bears play it close to the vest, what with their lack of human facial expressions and such.)

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David Colbert’s The Magical Worlds of Philip Pullman is his favorite of the bunch, ’cause he’s on the cover. Bear-kings are shockingly vain like that.

 
Three: Lyra’s Jordan

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At the moment Tony is hanging about the market in Pie Street. He’s hungry. It’s early evening, and he won’t get fed at home. He’s got a shilling in his pocket that a soldier gave him for taking a message to his best girl, but Tony’s not going to waste that on food, when you can pick up so much for nothing.

So he wanders through the market, between the old-clothes stalls and the fortune-paper stalls, the fruitmongers and the fried-fish seller, with his little daemon on his shoulder, a sparrow, watching this way and that; and when a stall holder and her daemon are both looking elsewhere, a brisk chirp sounds, and Tony’s hand shoots out and returns to his loose shirt with an apple or a couple of nuts, and finally with a hot pie.

The stall holder sees that, and shouts, and her cat daemon leaps, but Tony’s sparrow is aloft and Tony himself halfway down the street already. Curses and abuse go with him, but not far. He stops running at the steps of St. Catherine’s Oratory, where he sits down and takes out his steaming, battered prize, leaving a trail of gravy on his shirt.

And he’s being watched. A lady in a long yellow-red fox-fur coat, a beautiful young lady whose dark hair falls, shining delicately, under the shadow of her fur-lined hood, is standing in the doorway of the oratory, half a dozen steps above him. It might be that a service is finishing, for light comes from the doorway behind her, an organ is playing inside, and the lady is holding a jeweled breviary.

Tony knows nothing of this. His face contentedly deep in the pie, his toes curled inward and his bare soles together, he sits and chews and swallows while his daemon becomes a mouse and grooms her whiskers.

The young lady’s daemon is moving out from beside the fox-fur coat. He is in the form of a monkey, but no ordinary monkey: his fur is long and silky and of the most deep and lustrous gold. With sinuous movements he inches down the steps toward the boy, and sits a step above him.

Then the mouse senses something, and becomes a sparrow again, cocking her head a fraction sideways, and hops along the stone a step or two.

The monkey watches the sparrow; the sparrow watches the monkey.

The monkey reaches out slowly. His little hand is black, his nails perfect horny claws, his movements gentle and inviting. The sparrow can’t resist. She hops further, and further, and then, with a little flutter, up on to the monkey’s hand.

The monkey lifts her up, and gazes closely at her before standing and swinging back to his human, taking the sparrow daemon with him. The lady bends her scented head to whisper.

And then Tony turns. He can’t help it.

“Ratter!” he says, half in alarm, his mouth full.

The sparrow chirps. It must be safe. Tony swallows his mouthful and stares.

“Hello,” says the beautiful lady. “What’s your name?”

“Tony.”

“Where do you live, Tony?”

“Clarice Walk.”

“What’s in that pie?”

“Beefsteak.”

“Do you like chocolatl?”

“Yeah!”

“As it happens, I’ve got more chocolatl than I can drink myself. Will you come and help me drink it?”

He’s lost already. He was lost the moment his slow-witted daemon hopped onto the monkey’s hand. He follows the beautiful young lady and the golden monkey down Denmark Street and along to Hangman’s Wharf, and down King George’s Steps to a little green door in the side of a tall warehouse. She knocks, the door is opened, they go in, the door is closed. Tony will never come out-at least, by that entrance; and he’ll never see his mother again. She, poor drunken thing, will think he’s run away, and when she remembers him, she’ll think it was her fault, and sob her sorry heart out.

– Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials (The Golden Compass)

* Philip Pullman wrote the character of Marisa Coulter with actor Nicole Kidman in mind. Serendipitous then that Kidman portrayed her in the film adaptation of The Golden Compass (the casting of which was the best part of an awful movie). HDM trivia, I’m full of it.
 
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3 Responses to “Frozen Chocolatl (with variations for S’mores Ice Cream & S’mores Ice Cream Sammies!)”

  1. Jeni Treehugger Says:

    Holy Schmoley this is the longest MoFo post EVER!!!
    From one big HDM fan to another.
    *high fives*
    <:-)

  2. Kelly Garbato Says:

    Yay! We should totally start a club for vegan sraffies!

  3. Vegan Burnout Says:

    Iorek FTW! He will always speak in Ian McKellen’s voice for me now (even though I have major. issues. with the movie). Also, you keep rekindling my longing for a daemon. It’s a cruel world. Must soothe with chocolatl!

    Also, OMG GIVE ME ALL THE S’MORES.

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