How to Make Frozen Hot Chocolate

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Start to Finish: 20 minutes, plus cooling time

Servings: 4

Difficulty: Beginner

When the soaring temperatures of summer make hot chocolate too warm to drink, serve frozen hot chocolate for a sweet, rich-tasting treat. The texture of this blended drink -- frosty and frothy -- makes this otherwise rich drink easy to toss back. Serve the beverage with a swirl of whipped cream to give the drink a festive appearance and extra-luxurious taste. This recipe is adapted from Nestle Very Best Baking.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons icing sugar
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, unsalted
  • 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 12 ounces evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes
  • Whipped cream
  • Ground cinnamon

Directions

Bring a pot of water to a boil on medium high heat, then set a medium-sized mixing bowl over top, creating a double boiler.

Add the sugar, chocolate syrup, 1/8 cup of milk and butter to the bowl. Heat, stirring regularly, until the butter is fully melted. Stir to fully incorporate all the ingredients.

Stir in both types of chocolate chips until they start to melt. Slowly add in the evaporated milk, stirring in no more than a 1/4 cup at a time.

Remove the bowl from the pot when the mix is very smooth and turn off the stove. Allow the chocolate mix to cool to room temperature.

Combine the heated chocolate mix, the remaining milk and the ice cubes in a blender. Blend until smooth, on High speed.

Tip

  • Pulse blend in 5 second increments to help the ice break into evenly small pieces.

Pour the frozen drink into four tall glasses. Garnish with a swirl of whipped cream and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon, and serve straight away.

Variations

Make a white chocolate variation of this drink by substituting all of the chocolate chips with white chocolate chips. Replace the chocolate syrup with white chocolate syrup. For a dark chocolate variation, replace the chocolate syrup with dark chocolate syrup and the semi-sweet chocolate chips with dark chocolate chips.

Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of ground spice to the chocolate blend to give frozen hot chocolate a warm, spicy kick. In addition to ground cinnamon, you can add:

  • Ground ginger
  • Grated nutmeg
  • Apple cider spice

For a lighter version, substitute the evaporated milk with skim milk. Instead of blending the chocolate mix with evaporated milk, substitute with 2 cups of skim milk. Replace the icing sugar with the same amount of agave syrup or honey.

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