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.
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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.
Ingredients you need
- 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.
How to make this
- Place the milk, hot chocolate mix, and ice in a blender.
- Blend until smooth!
Told you it was easy!
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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- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup hot chocolate mix your favorite flavor
- 2 cups crushed ice
- 1/4 cup dairy creamer your favorite, optional
- 3-4 Tbsp Torani syrup optional
- Chocolate syrup
- Whipped cream optional
- 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.