Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Cleo Coyle's Frozen Hot Chocolate for a Cool Summer Drink or Dessert

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This is a an easy and tasty idea for the start of summer, especially for chocolate lovers. 

Whether you call it a Chocolate Slushy or a Frozen Hot Chocolate, the drink is a refreshing chocolate beverage that can also double as a chilly dessert. You can even splash in a little alcohol for an adult version. Need ideas? Here you go:

* Kahlua is a great addition for a chilly after-dinner chocolate-coffee refresher. 

* Creme de cacao will boost the drink's chocolate flavor, and creme de menthe will thrill chocolate-mint lovers.

* Or simply splash in some Baileys for a creamy Irish whiskey kick. 

As for the basic recipe, I like my quick and easy version, which is what I'm sharing with you today, and here's why. Some recipes for Frozen Hot Chocolate make no sense to me. Heat up milk and cool it again? Use 3 cups of ice, which dilutes the chocolate flavor? There is a better way. 

This version of the icy chocolate drink is much simpler yet still quite tasty. It's cooled me off for years during our long, hot New York City summers, and I don't even have to stand over a hot stove, a very good thing indeed.

This recipe is also a great way to use up your hot cocoa before winter rolls back around. You don’t want all that hot chocolate mix to go stale on you, do you? Put it to great use this summer and get your chocolaty chill on!

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Frozen Hot Chocolate
by Cleo Coyle 

Serves 2


2 one-ounce packets of your favorite hot chocolate or cocoa mix* 

2 cups milk (skim or whole)*

1 ounce semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped or grated (optional)

Whipped cream or ice cream (optional) 

See ideas below for optional adult versions**

* If using loose hot chocolate powder instead of packets, see my directions below on how to proceed. If your brand of hot cocoa mix requires water instead of milk, then use water instead.

** For optional adult versions, here are some ideas: Try splashing in Kahlua for a chocolate-coffee refresher. Creme de cacao will boost the chocolate flavor, use creme de menthe if you're a chocolate-mint lover, or try Baileys for a creamy Irish whiskey kick.


Step 1 – Make "Hot" Chocolate Milk: Whisk one packet of hot chocolate mix into one cup of cold milk (or water if your brand of hot cocoa requires water instead of milk). If using loose powder instead of packets, then measure out enough powder to make the equivalent of one six- to eight-ounce serving. 

Note: No need to heat the milk as some recipes direct. Simply whisk the milk and hot chocolate mix for 30 to 60 seconds until the powder is dissolved. Be sure to use a real whisk, not a spoon or fork. You’re finished when the liquid resembles smooth chocolate milk with no sign of powder or granules.

Step 2 – Make "Hot Chocolate" Ice Cubes: Pour the chocolate milk mixture into an ice cube tray. Chill in your freezer until solidly frozen. Note: When ready to use, if the frozen chocolate cubes stick to the ice tray, simply set the bottom of the tray in a warm water bath and use a knife to carefully dislodge the cubes. 

Step 3 – Repeat and Blend: Repeat Step 1, using your second packet of hot chocolate (or enough loose powder) to create another single cup of chocolate milk. Place this milk in your blender with the "hot chocolate" ice cubes. Pulse the blender to chop the frozen cubes into fine particles. You can create a slushy drink with small ice chips (like a frozen margarita) or you can run the blender full speed until the mixture is completely liquefied yet still cold and frothy. If adding a splash of alcohol for an adult version, do so now. And finally, if you like...

Step 4 – Optional Choco-fication: Add most of the finely chopped chocolate into the blender with the hot chocolate slushy (holding back a little for garnish). Pulse once or twice to mix. 

Divide between two cups or mugs. Finish with whipped cream for a drink or ice cream for a dessert. If you like, garnish with a final sprinkling of grated chocolate and...

Enjoy your summer! 

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  1. Sounds lovely and refreshing!
    I agree. Why heat the liquid and then have to cool it and dilute it? Follow Cleo's brilliant alternative.

    1. Cheers, Libby! We're having a heat wave as I type this in NYC, so frozen drinks are on my mind and menu this week. And, honestly, chocolate is on my mind every week, so there you go. Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you have a joyful summer, and that goes for everyone!

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  2. "Hot chocolate" ice cubes? Brilliant! I still have some packets of hot cocoa lying around, so I might have to try this out!

  3. I'm going to make it soon! Thank you for the recipe

  4. This sounds wonderful . I do have some packets left so I am going to try this . Thank you for this cold hot chocolate receipt . 🍮