Welcome to hot chocolate week! I’m into hot chocolate in a major way right now. Like, I sometimes find myself refusing other desserts in favor of an after-dinner mug of chocolate. I know. I never thought I would see the day I’d say no thanks to cookies, but the siren song of hot chocolate is a tempting mistress indeed.
So I thought I would try and justify my obsession by devoting a whole week to some fun homemade hot chocolate recipes! Because, frankly, we all deserve better than those sad little packets of dry cocoa mix. Do you know what goes into those things? Corn syrup, hydrogenated oil, artificial flavorings, pencil shavings, and tears. We can do better.
I’m kicking off hot chocolate week with a recipe for Frozen Hot Chocolate because—and here’s the part where you throw things at me—it is pretty warm here right now. Apologies to those suffering through the endless polar vortex, but it is solidly shorts and t-shirt weather where I live, which means it is also solidly ice cream and popsicle weather.
So what do you get when you combine hot chocolate yearnings and ice cream weather? Frozen Hot Chocolate, of course!
Because I am painfully literally, this Frozen Hot Chocolate is made from–you guessed it–hot chocolate and ice cream. I love it because it’s endlessly customizable—you can make it with your favorite (chilled!) hot chocolate recipe, and your favorite ice cream flavor. I used vanilla ice cream, but I think coffee, chocolate, or hazelnut would also be amazing. Add a shot of espresso to make it a Frozen Mocha, or a spoonful of flavoring extract like orange, almond, or mint. After a quick mix, you’re left with a rich, creamy concoction with the texture of soft-serve ice cream and the flavor of hot chocolate. Top it with whipped cream, chocolate, cookies, sprinkles, or all of the above, and dig in!
And if you can’t get enough of the cold-hot chocolate combination, please do feast your eyes on the Hot Chocolate Floats I shared last year:
- 1 quart ice cream, slightly softened
- 1¼ cups very strong hot chocolate, chilled
- Whipped cream, chocolate shavings, or any other desired toppings
- Place your serving cups and mixing bowl in the freezer for 30 minutes to get really cold.
- Scoop the softened ice cream into the chilled mixing bowl, and mix on low speed with a paddle attachment for a few seconds to break down any lumps. Add the chilled hot chocolate and mix just until you have a homogeneous texture—it should look like soft-serve ice cream.
- Divide the frozen hot chocolate into the chilled serving cups, and garnish with whipped cream, chocolate shavings, or any other desired toppings. Serve immediately.