This Frozen Hot Chocolate is an easy chocolate lovers drink. It may sound weird saying Frozen and Hot at the same title but that is literally what it is. When we hear Hot Chocolate we always relate it to a Hot drink, which makes sense. For me hot chocolate makes me think of Fall and Winter season. A hot decadent drink that keeps me warm and cozy on cold rainy or snowy day.
We can make an exception for this one, because this Hot Chocolate is served not hot but frozen cold. Think of it a slushie or smoothie of some sort. This is a hot chocolate drink that was frozen and blended until smooth, creamy and oh so delicious. What’s not to like? I haven’t even mention the whipped cream and shaved chocolate on top 🙂 Now that is a definite yes for me 🙂
About This Recipe
- Ease in Making the Recipe: The process itself is super easy. It is basically just making a chocolate drink, freezing it and blending it. It is as simple as that. The freezing part is what makes the process to take time, but if you make it and freeze it at night then the following day it is ready for you to use. As I mentioned, another alternative way is to add ice if you don’t want it to freeze it or you don’t have time to freeze it. If using ice cubes, add 1 tablespoon more of the cocoa powder to intensify the flavor. Adding ice will dilute the mixture thus reducing the chocolate taste of the drink.
- Ingredients: 4 easy ingredients if not counting the optional cinnamon powder and whipped cream. I highly recommend adding a whipped cream though 🙂 Milk, cocoa powder, chopped chocolate and sugar makes the base ingredients for this drink. Easy!
- Texture, Taste & Flavor: The texture is almost like smoothie. It is still in drinkable state but has an icy texture. Because there was no ice added, the drink taste so decadent. I can actually taste the dark chocolate flavor. It feels like a dessert chocolate drink to me. It is definitely worth making this drink.
- Make-Ahead: Yes, you can make a large batch and freeze it. The day you want to make them, add milk and blend. I freeze at least 3 serving of this and it really comes handy when I want something chocolate cold drinks on spur of the moment.
Ingredients for Frozen Hot Chocolate
- Milk – Dairy or Non-Dairy work. The only exception is do not use homemade oat milk for this recipe as oat milk thickens when heated.
- chopped Chocolate – dark or semi sweet will work but I personally like dark chocolate for a more decadent drink.
- Unsweetened Cocoa Powder – a combination of melted chocolate and cocoa powder produces a decadent drink. You can substitute cocoa powder with ready to use hot chocolate mix. If doing so, add the sugar gradually as ready mix hot chocolate are already sweetened.
- Sugar – I used light brown sugar but white sugar will work too. In fact, any sweetener will work. Make sure to adjust the measurement and add gradually so you can easily adjust.
- Cinnamon Powder – totally optional. You can also substitute instant coffee powder for a Mocha flavored drink.
- Whipping Cream – optional but highly recommended. This takes the drink to a higher level. Whipped cream always does that for me when it comes to hot chocolate.
- Chopped Chocolate – for garnishing. I like adding chopped chocolate on top on the whipped cream, it just makes this drink looks even more heavenly. For this case, looks is not deceiving. What you see is what you get, and that is a truly decadent creamy chocolate drink.
How to Make Frozen Hot Chocolate
Making Frozen Hot Chocolate at home is so easy. We are making the hot chocolate mix from scratch but if you want a shortcut process, you can use ready mix hot chocolate, plain or flavored. For a richer decadent drink, use a combination of good quality chop chocolate and unsweetened cocoa powder. Chop the chocolate into small pieces, this helps melting faster. Use a bar chocolate or wafer but do not use chocolate chips unless that is the only one you have on hand. Chocolate chips have stabilizer which holds its shape, which means it will not melt as fast and smooth as chop chocolate.
Bring the milk to a simmer NOT high boil. Boiling the milk and bringing it to a high temperature can scald the milk making it to separate. This is why when you buy hot chocolate in cafe, you don’t get a really steaming boiling hot chocolate. They have to maintain a certain temperature when heating the milk. Use small amount of the milk to dissolve the cocoa powder. Do not just add the cocoa powder in a cold milk as this will produce lumps. Dissolving the cocoa powder in hot milk is called “blooming”. Blooming intensifies the flavor of the cocoa powder. Once you have that done, you can now mix it with the rest of the milk in the pan along with sweetener and flavoring. For this one, I used cinnamon powder.
Continue simmering and stirring until the chopped chocolate has melted. Let it cool and then transfer in the ice cube tray. Freeze until solid. Freezing produces a creamier smoother texture. If you do not have time to freeze the mixture you can add ice instead but be aware that this will have a milder chocolate flavor because of the addition of ice. It still works, but not as good as when you freeze the actual mixture.
Now, the whipped cream. Should you add some or not? Of course add a LOT of them! They make the drink even more delicious. You can use store-bought whipped cream or make your own at home. I have a 2 ingredients Homemade Whipped Cream recipe. Check it out.
You can serve it as is but if you want to give an extra treat to yourself, add whipped cream on top and a dash of cocoa powder or chopped chocolate (or both). Now that what you call decadent easy delicious way to keep you cool on a hot Summer day.
Success Tips in Making Frozen Hot Chocolate
- Freeze the hot chocolate mixture. Freezing produces a smoother creamier drink rather than using ice.
- Use good quality chocolate, this makes a huge difference.
- 2 cups Milk(Divided: 1 12/ cups for chocolate mix, 1/2 cup when blending)
- 1 ounce chopped Dark or Semi-Sweet Chocolate
- 2 tablespoon unsweetened Cocoa Powder (If not freezing and using ice, make it 3 tablespoon)
- 1/4 cup Light Brown Sugar or granulated sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon Cinnamon Powder or Coffee Powder– optional flavoring
- Whipping Cream – highly recommended
- Pour 1 1/2 cup of milk in a pan. In low heat, bring the milk to a simmer. Scoop 1/4 cup and mix with the cocoa powder. Stir until the cocoa powder is fully dissolved. Pour back into the pan. Add chopped chocolate and sugar (or any preferred sweetener). Continue to simmer in low heat while stirring. Stop as soon as the chocolate has melted. Add cinnamon powder (optional) and stir.
- Pour in an ice cube tray and freeze overnight or until completely solid.
- Pour 1/2 cup of milk in a blender. Add the frozen hot chocolate and blend until smooth.
- Pour in a glass.
- Make the Whipped Cream or you can use store-bought whipped cream.
- Top the frozen hot chocolate with whipped cream, dash of cocoa powder or grated chocolate or both.
Serves 1 – 2
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