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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.
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:
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Frozen Hot Chocolate
- 1 quart ice cream, slightly softened
- 1 1/4 cups very strong hot chocolate, chilled
- Whipped cream, optional
- Chocolate shavings, optional
- Decorative toppings, optional
- 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.
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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 🙂
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. 😉
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. 🙂
That’s the beauty of eating them inside! Snowstorm outside? Turn up the heat and enjoy some frozen hot chocolate. 🙂 Thanks Beth!
This sounds perfect for the weather that we are having 😀
I’m totally gobbling it down while dreaming of some nice overcast winter days!
YES PLEASE! It’s so many degrees here I can’t even handle it. I want to bathe in a frozen hot chocolate.
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…
I will take two please! The weather is crazy over here and it was 80 degrees the other day–this looks perfect!
What’s up with this heat in January?! I’m bummed to think we may have missed our winter entirely. Thanks Ari!
This would be the perfect follow up to our pool day today…yep, we’re roasting too! Looks fantastic Elizabeth.
Um, pool day and frozen hot chocolate? That would have been a perfect combo! Guess you need to have another pool day tomorrow. 🙂
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
Yes, I totally take custom orders, and do overnight international shipping. For you, anything!
Still waiting.. hahaha 😉
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!!
Fire pit outside?! Sounds like you’re spending the weekend with fire, frozen hot chocolate, and ME! Sounds totally dreamy.
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?
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!
I just found your blog and am in love! This looks awesome. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks for the recipe 🙂
Thanks so much! I hope you love it–let me know what you think when you give it a try!
Elizabeth, these look incredible! Every hot chocolate recipe this week looks so delicious. And those hot chocolate floats have me swooning! 🙂
Thanks so much, Annie! You are so sweet. I keep waiting to get tired of hot chocolate but it hasn’t happened yet!
What cookies did you use?