This is a fun recipe for a casual summer BBQ and is great for the kids - small or big!
2 cups whole milk
5 large egg yolks, at room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 bars (1.5 ounces each) dark chocolate, finely chopped
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups heavy cream
3 bars (1.5 ounces each) dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 can (16 ½ ounces) cherries, drained and halved
1 cup toasted almonds, chopped
8 small empty juice drink boxes and popsicle sticks
Heat milk in saucepan over medium heat until it comes to a boil. Meanwhile, whisk egg yolks and sugar in mixing bowl until thick and pale-colored. Add one-third of hot milk to yolk mixture, whisking constantly. Pour egg mixture back into saucepan. Continue cooking over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture sticks to the back of a spoon. Do not boil. Remove from heat. Add chopped chocolate and stir until smooth. Pour into metal bowl and cool. Stir in vanilla and heavy cream. Freeze for 4 hours.
Cut off top off 8 small empty juice drink boxes and place on a baking sheet in freezer. Place the chopped chocolate, cherries and almonds on baking sheet in freezer.
When the chocolate custard mixture is semi-frozen, turn into food processor bowl. Cover and process until slushy. Stir in frozen chocolate, cherries and almonds. Divide mixture into 8 juice drink boxes, filling to the top. Place in freezer for 15 minutes. Insert popsicle stick in each and freeze for 3 hours more.