In 1954, Serendipity general store and restaurant opened in New York City. Shortly thereafter, they introduced a dessert/beverage called frozen hot chocolate. It became legendary. Without social media or internet or the like, Serendipity’s frozen hot chocolate was famous from coast to coast. Celebrities raved about it, it was featured in Hollywood films, and the recipe stays a closely guarded secret to this day. The restaurant allegedly trademarked the name “frozen hot chocolate”, but that must have backfired, and it became Frrrozen Hot Chocolate.

It’s sort of like a chocolate smoothie – with the flavor of hot chocolate. What a great way to observe Christmas in July!

Most frozen hot chocolate recipes will have you start by melting some chocolate over a double boiler, and then blend with milk and ice. I really don’t care for the process of melting chocolate over a double boiler. So I’m afraid I have to deviate from the famous recipes.

Try this easier version that I made up myself – blend up all of the following for a single serving:

  • 1 cup ice cubes (if your blender isn’t very powerful, try crushing the ice cubes first by themselves, before adding the other ingredients)
  • 2 tablespoons hot chocolate mix, OR 1 tablespoon cocoa powder plus 1 1/2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon chocolate syrup (just eyeball it)

If you don’t have heavy cream, you can substitute 1/2 cup half and half, and reduce the milk to 1/2 cup.

I have a Nutribullet blender so I don’t have pre-crush my ice cubes. And I don’t use hot chocolate mix, so I make the version with pure cocoa powder plus powdered sugar. WOW. The pure cocoa flavor makes this feel like a special occasion for sure. And this actually came together faster than an ice cream milkshake. I see more of these in my future.

(Image credit: Fesenko)

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