Adapted from EatingWell: July/August 2009 -- An afternoon pick-me-up with mocha-flavored frozen treats. A little of the cocoa may settle at the bottom as they freeze, making a special chocolaty surprise on the top, once the pop is un-molded.
Whisk HOT coffee, sugar or artificial sweetener, cocoa, and salt in a large microwavable bowl or measuring cup ~ microwave for 1 minute 30 seconds ~ stir until the mixture has dissolved.
Whisk in half-and-half and vanilla until combined.
Divide the mixture among 3-ounce freezer-pop molds. Insert the handles and freeze until completely firm, about 6 hours. (If using 3-ounce paper cups, freeze mixture for about an hour before inserting wooden popsicle sticks).
Dip the molds briefly in hot water before un-molding.