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Frozen Hot Chocolate

Frozen hot chocolate is a delightful chocolate drink recipe for summer that is an easy no bake dessert that can be customized with lots of different flavor combos.

A full glass of frozen hot chocolate with a blue striped straw and chocolate syrup dripping off the whipped cream over the edge of the glass

This is one of my family’s favorite frozen treats for summer. I love the fact that I can make just the base mix and everyone can flavor it the way they want.

Growing up in California it often wasn’t cold enough in the winter for hot chocolate anyways so this was a nice treat for those warm winter days as well.

You can change the flavoring of the frozen hot chocolate in several ways. I’ve also made a frozen white hot chocolate that is another good base mix that is great with additional mix ins.

What is frozen hot chocolate?

Frozen hot chocolate is a bit of an oxymoron. How can something be hot and cold at the same time?

The reason this is called frozen hot chocolate is because it uses hot cocoa mix and ice for a delicious frozen treat. It also is lacking the ice cream that you might traditionally associate with a milk shake.

A glass of the drink with the ingredients you need to make it and a blender in the background
A glass of frozen hot chocolate and a blender, hot chocolate packets, chocolate syrup, and a can of Reddi-Wip.

Ingredients you need

  • milk
  • hot chocolate mix
  • crushed ice
  • dairy creamer
  • Torani Syrup
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate syrup

The base recipe uses just milk, hot chocolate mix, and ice. You can use whatever hot chocolate mix is your favorite.

The whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and Torani syrups are just extras. They are not needed if you don’t have or want to use them. I have never received legitimate complaints from my children for not having them.

What kind of ice works best?

I’ve found that crushed ice blends better than whole ice cubes in most blenders. It also takes less time to blend which is also nice when everyone is dying for a cold drink.

What milk can I use for this?

I’ve made this with Lactose free milk, almond milk and coconut milk and it always turns out great. Use whatever works best for you.

A cup of frozen hot chocolate next to hot chocolate mix and a blender

How to make this

  • Place the milk, hot chocolate mix, and ice in a blender.
  • Blend until smooth!

Told you it was easy!

Variations

One way is to change the hot chocolate mix you are using. For example, use a caramel hot chocolate mix and top with caramel and chocolate syrups at the end. Or use a mint hot chocolate mix and top the whipped cream with finely chopped Andes mints

Another way is to use either a flavored creamer or Torani syrup. There are many awesome flavored creamers out there and if you like cold drinks in the winter you can add some fun fall and winter flavors when those come out. There are so many Torani syrups that really the possibilities are endless. 

If you want to allow everyone to flavor their own frozen hot chocolate, pour the mix into separate glasses and flavor individually, mixing well after adding the flavorings.

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Recipe

A glass full of frozen hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and chocolate syrup,

Frozen Hot Chocolate

Frozen hot chocolate is a delightful chocolate drink recipe for summer that is an easy no bake dessert that is easy to flavor with lots of different combos.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 235kcal
Author: Jade Jones

Ingredients

Basic mix:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup hot chocolate mix your favorite flavor
  • 2 cups crushed ice

Extra flavoring:

  • 1/4 cup dairy creamer your favorite, optional
  • 3-4 Tbsp Torani syrup optional

Topping:

  • Chocolate syrup
  • Whipped cream optional

Instructions

  • Place the first 3 ingredients in a blender.
  • Blend until smooth.  Pour into individual serving glasses.
  • Top each glass with whipped cream, if desired, and a little additional chocolate syrup on top.

Notes

Extra flavorings:
If you are using any extra flavorings for the entire batch, add those in the first step as well.
If you want to allow everyone to flavor their own frozen hot chocolate, pour the mix into separate glasses and flavor individually, mixing well after adding the flavorings.

Nutrition

Calories: 235kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 343mg | Potassium: 218mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Calcium: 175mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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7 Comments

  1. My daughter loves hot chocolate … I am going to try to make this for her … I know she will love it!

  2. Brilliant and simple. This recipe would probably buy me at least 20 minutes of unfettered blog time if I toss it at the kids! I have food cravings too, and I’m not even pregnant.

    Today, I’m here as a direct result of the Something Fabulous Wednesday thing, even though clearly it’s a Friday.

  3. You’re not crazy! I had frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity in Las Vegas. So delicious. I think I may have liked it better than the traditional hot chocolate.

    Thanks for sharing on Hump Day Happenings!

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