Frozen Hot Chocolate

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.

Frozen Hot Chocolate |

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!

Frozen Hot Chocolate |

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!

Frozen Hot Chocolate |

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:

Hot Chocolate Floats |

Frozen Hot Chocolate
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Frozen hot chocolate is so easy, and so delicious! Use ice cream and chilled hot chocolate to make this soft-serve treat. Vanilla ice cream is always a hit, but you could substitute coffee, chocolate, or hazelnut ice cream instead.
Recipe type: Beverage
Serves: six 8-oz servings
  • 1 quart ice cream, slightly softened
  • 1¼ cups very strong hot chocolate, chilled
  • Whipped cream, chocolate shavings, or any other desired toppings
  1. Place your serving cups and mixing bowl in the freezer for 30 minutes to get really cold.
  2. 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.
  3. Divide the frozen hot chocolate into the chilled serving cups, and garnish with whipped cream, chocolate shavings, or any other desired toppings. Serve immediately.
Note: This recipe works best with a very thick, rich hot chocolate, to give it maximum flavor. I recommend using this hot chocolate recipe if you don’t have your own favorite version already.


26 Responses to Frozen Hot Chocolate
  1. What a gorgeous looking drink!!! My kids would go crazy for it! LOL at the throwing things at you…it is freezing here, so yeah, you better duck :-)

    • Elizabeth says:

      Haha, I know, I’m the most annoying, right? If it makes you feel better, just know that I really miss the rain, and also that I have to shave my legs regularly, which: thumbs down to that. ;)

  2. It was pretty warm yesterday where I live, but it’s really cold today. That wouldn’t stop me from downing a couple of these though, if I had the chance. :)

    • Elizabeth says:

      That’s the beauty of eating them inside! Snowstorm outside? Turn up the heat and enjoy some frozen hot chocolate. :) Thanks Beth!

  3. Medeja says:

    This sounds perfect for the weather that we are having :D

  4. YES PLEASE! It’s so many degrees here I can’t even handle it. I want to bathe in a frozen hot chocolate.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Haha, I saw your double fan picture! You guys are having it rough right now! Stay strong sister, and allow me to send you some frozen hot chocolate…

  5. I will take two please! The weather is crazy over here and it was 80 degrees the other day–this looks perfect!

  6. Heather says:

    This would be the perfect follow up to our pool day today…yep, we’re roasting too! Looks fantastic Elizabeth.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Um, pool day and frozen hot chocolate? That would have been a perfect combo! Guess you need to have another pool day tomorrow. :)

  7. Johlene says:

    These look great :-) Can I put an order in for caramel next time..? Then after posting it, feel free to send it over (the ocean..).. :-)
    Hope you are doing well! Xx

  8. Sara says:

    So… I’m so glad my kids don’t read your blog – or this is all I would be making all week! I’m all for this hot choco love. Truly makes me wish we had a fire place to cozy up in front of for full effect…. Wait a minute! We do! We have a fire pit outside. Hello, Frozen Hot Chocolate. We’ll be spending the weekend together!!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Fire pit outside?! Sounds like you’re spending the weekend with fire, frozen hot chocolate, and ME! Sounds totally dreamy.

  9. Danguole says:

    Frozen hot chocolate was one of those things I kept hearing about but never looked into–I’m not sure why. I think my brain just immediately gets suspicious when confused! Silly brain. This is obviously delicious and genius. You are the master hotchocolatieress.

    It’s been freaky-warm here. I’m glad I decided not to buy season passes for snowboarding (so I can continue sucking at it and probably kill myself), because seriously, what’s snow again?

    • Elizabeth says:

      I’d had frozen hot chocolate before (made from a drink mix from Serendipity) and was a little underwhelmed, so I’ve been ignoring it for years too! Turns out when you use ice cream instead of a packet of dried powder and ice, it’s way better!

      I’ve heard we’re not really going to get much rain the rest of the winter. I think spring has officially begun–freaky indeed!

  10. I just found your blog and am in love! This looks awesome. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks for the recipe :)

  11. Elizabeth, these look incredible! Every hot chocolate recipe this week looks so delicious. And those hot chocolate floats have me swooning! :)

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