Frozen Hot Chocolate is an easy and delicious soft-serve treat! Blend softened ice cream and chilled hot chocolate to make this endlessly customizable delicacy.

Glass of Frozen Hot Chocolate with star cookies on top.
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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.

Close up of the top of a glass of Frozen Hot Chocolate.

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.

2 glasses of Frozen Hot Chocolate with chocolate shavings on top.

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!

Close up of the top of a glass of 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!

2 glasses of Frozen Hot Chocolate on a grey plate.

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2 glasses of Frozen Hot Chocolate.

Frozen Hot Chocolate

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Frozen Hot Chocolate is an easy and delicious soft-serve treat! Blend softened ice cream and chilled hot chocolate to make this endlessly customizable delicacy.
Prep10 minutes
Total10 minutes


  • 1 quart ice cream, slightly softened
  • 1 1/4 cups very strong hot chocolate, chilled
  • Assorted toppings, whipped cream, chocolate shavings other decorative toppings – optional
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  • 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.

Recipe Notes

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.

Measuring Tips

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Calories: 473kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 415mg | Potassium: 181mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 395IU | Calcium: 151mg | Iron: 0.7mg
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  1. Elizabeth, these look incredible! Every hot chocolate recipe this week looks so delicious. And those hot chocolate floats have me swooning! 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Annie! You are so sweet. I keep waiting to get tired of hot chocolate but it hasn’t happened yet!