Easy Iced Hot Chocolate at Home
I will admit, I am addicted to Pinterest! I have seen a "frozen hot chocolate" drink recipe floating around for a while now, and my curiosity finally got the best of me. I clicked on the pin to find out the recipe belonged to Serendipity, a restaurant in New York City that I have seen in a couple of movies before. It looked like a very yummy recipe. However, it had four different types of chocolate in it and was a very time consuming recipe. I also rarely have four different types of baking chocolate in my house. The different chocolates had to be melted together in a double boiler, and that makes it a bit too labor intensive for my taste. I am sure their frozen hot chocolate is much richer than mine, but mine is delicious and easy in a pinch when you are looking for a chocolaty treat. I also love shakes, but find them a bit too calorie rich and expensive to enjoy very often. This frozen dessert drink really hits the spot.
The hot chocolate that I have at my house only has 110 calories per serving. You could always use sugar free/fat free cocoa instead if you like. A glass of 1% milk also has only 110 calories. The whipped cream and Hershey's syrup add about 100 calories. So, for a little over 300 calories, you get a super filling, delicious frozen drink dessert. As a comparison for you, the McCafe Chocolate Shake at McDonald's has 570 calories in it. My "make at home" version is much "healthier" for you!
There are many different variations of iced or frozen hot chocolate out there, I do believe my blend is one of the easiest to make. One other thing I like to add sometimes is malt powder. If you like your shakes more like malts, this would be a great variation for you. All you need to add to the recipe is about 1 Tbsp of malt powder and you get a great, old-fashioned drug store malt. I hope you enjoy my iced hot chocolate frozen dessert if you get a chance to make one!
- 1 package hot cocoa mix
- 8 oz (I cup) milk
- 8 oz (1 cup) ice
- 2 Tbsp Hershey's chocolate syrup
- 2 Tbsp whipped cream
- Open a package of hot chocolate mix (or place 2 heaping Tbsp of hot cocoa mix in the blender cup), use sugar free hot cocoa for less calories. I use a Big Boss blender for making my frozen drinks and smoothies, but any blender with a good blade for chopping ice will work.
- Fill the blender cup halfway with milk, use one cup (8 oz) of milk. Fill the blender cup the rest of the way with ice. This should be equal to about one cup of ice.
- Squirt 2 Tbsp of Hershey's chocolate syrup on top of the ice in the blender cup. I have tried adding a Tbsp or two of baking cocoa for additional chocolate flavor, but I prefer the drink be made with chocolate syrup for better blending and a smoother texture.
- Blend for about one minute to crush the ice. You will end up with an almost shake-like texture in your cup. Pour into a serving cup and top with whipped cream. You can always make it really fancy by adding an additional squirt of chocolate syrup on top and a maraschino cherry. Enjoy!