Chocolate heaven, insanely delicious, and easy to make, this frozen hot chocolate is perfect to cool you down and warm your heart!
Today (January 31st) is National Hot Chocolate Day! Well, it’s freezing temperatures in Houston, so we’re celebrating with Frozen Hot Chocolate!
I was first introduced to this chocolatey goodness at Serendipity 3 in New York City. Oprah deemed their Frozen Hot Chocolate as one of her “Favorite Things,” so you know I had to make it my mission to try one on my next visit to the city. Let me tell ya…it was love at first sip!
Every visit to the city since has required a visit to this little gem! They go all out for the holidays with their decor and have a lot more yummy goodies other than their Frozen Hot Chocolate. My second favorite is their Strawberry Fields Sundae: Cheesecake, Strawberry Ice Cream, and Strawberry Topping with Whipped Cream!
When we opened our restaurant Thyme on Broadway in 2015, we found at a food show that Ghirardelli sold a Frozen Hot Chocolate mix! It was an instant addition to our drink menu. Serendipity 3 sells one as well, but not in the bulk size we needed for the restaurant. It is the best blend of bittersweet chocolate notes balanced with the right amount of sweetness. The Frozen Hot Chocolate was our #1 seller at the restaurant, and I always make sure there’s a container in my pantry for celebrations or when that sweet craving hits!
Table of Contents
What You’ll Need
- Ghirardelli Frozen Hot Chocolate Mix (This canister will make 15 drinks.)
- Optional: Whipped Cream and Garnishes (noted below)
Tools You’ll Need
How to Make This Recipe
- The brand of blender and type of ice will make the ice amount and time to blend vary. (See tips below) To the blender, add milk, ice (start with 1 cup), then the frozen hot chocolate mix. Blend until the ice is crushed fine and the mixture billows smoothly from the sides through the middle of the blender. If too thin, add more ice and blend again. Too thick, add a little milk.
- Pour in a cup and top with whipped cream and desired garnishes.
Tips and Substitutions
- You can get creative with garnishes:
- Chocolate sauce
- Chocolate Shavings
- Strawberry Syrup
- Mini marshmallows
- Fresh Berries
- There is also a Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix that is sold in some stores. It has directions for a Frozen Hot Chocolate on the back. In a pinch, I’d use this…but the Frozen Hot Chocolate mix is our preference.
- The type of ice makes a difference in the texture and cohesiveness of the blend. I recommend a firmer large chunk of ice rather than a rabbit size, shaved, or crushed ice. They yield a more watery result.
- The type of blender makes a difference in the time to blend and the smoothness of the ice. At the restaurant, we tried a few brands and found that Vitamix hands down made the best blend. While they still yielded a yummy result, we found that the cheaper blenders lent a chunkier ice and a less desirable texture. Of course, you can still use whatever blender you have on hand and it will still taste scrumptious.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! It won't be a Ghirardelli Frozen Hot Chocolate, but try this homemade mix recipe
½ cup milk or milk substitute (almond, soy, oat, or powdered milk works fine)
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder. For a more authentic flavor, use Ghirardelli
¼ teaspoon of salt to make the chocolate flavor pop
¾ cup of a sugar substitute, such as Splenda, stevia, or any other sweetener that measures cup for cup like sugar
You can add some cinnamon to the mix to give it that Mexican Chocolate flare or mint extract to give it a peppermint or Andes chocolate feel. Try a splash of vanilla for a decadent taste!
Recipe Like This
Frozen Hot Chocolate
- 1 cup milk
- 1-1 ¼ cups ice chunks
- ½ cup Ghirardelli Frozen Hot Chocolate Mix (1 of the scoops that comes in the canister)
- Whipped Cream
- Chocolate Drizzle
- Add to the blender milk, ice (start with 1 cup), then the mix. Blend until the ice is crushed fine and the mixture billows smoothly from the sides through the middle in the blender. If too thin, add more ice and blend again. If too thick, add a little milk and blend again
- Pour in a cup and top with whipped cream and garnish as desired. ENJOY!