My recent posts have had a bit of a Canadian theme to them and these maple mocha fudge pops are 100% inspired by my beautiful country. After all, maple syrup is one of the most Canadian ingredients out there, don’t you think? I feel like maple syrup is to Canadians what coffee is to Italians. Through the month of July, Lavazza (click the link to learn more) has been taking us through their home country of Italy and like any normal person, I’m dying to visit. Any country where coffee plays an integral role (beyond a much-needed caffeine jump start to the day) is a must-visit destination. And don’t even get me started on the food (I shared an authentic Italian pasta dish on here last month). A couple of years ago, my mom brought me home a cookbook from Rome all about pasta and to say it has a few splatters of tomato sauce on it would be an understatement.
As a Lavazza Passionista, this month the challenge was to design the perfect summer escape. Ever since I explored Banff last month, I’ve been dreaming of adventures in different parts Canada. While a city picnic, is a great weekend escape, I’m thinking of somewhere a little further away – a summer escape to Nova Scotia to be exact. While I’ve been fortunate enough to have done a lot of travel throughout Europe, my travel experience in Canada is pretty limited. But I dream of seeing the Northern Lights one day, heading back to the West Coast and seeing more of our national parks. I find that living in the metropolis that is Toronto makes it hard to believe that there are mountains, lakes and beaches all around us. We Torontonians can get pretty wrapped up in the city. The thing is, travel within Canada is quite expensive, so for now, I’ll keep to daydreaming of a summer on the East coast and creating maple-inspired recipes.
While daydreaming of travelling, I developed this recipe with Lavazza’s Perfetto coffee blend in mind. There are a few things I’ve learned for developing recipes, and one, if not the most important thing is to look and balance the flavours of each component. Every ingredient in the recipe should serve a purpose to highlight and heighten flavours. There is no use having an ingredient in the recipe that isn’t enhancing the dish. For these mocha fudge pops, the Perfetto coffee blend is bold with a characteristic Italian dark flavour profile with notes of caramel. With the inspiration of Canadian ingredients in the back of my mind, I knew right away that the bold flavour and the caramel notes would pair perfectly and be heightened by buttery, sweet maple syrup. For this recipe, I’ve used one cup of strong brewed coffee combined with milk, cream, maple syrup and chocolate syrup, it’s such a simple summery cool treat.
Maple mocha fudge recipe breakdown
Sweet fudge pops with hints of coffee, maple and fudge, these maple mocha fudge pops are the perfect easy cold summer treat.
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