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Easy Iced Hot Chocolate at Home

Updated on December 31, 2012
easy iced hot chocolate, yummy!!
easy iced hot chocolate, yummy!! | Source
5 stars from 2 ratings of iced hot chocolate

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!

my Big Boss blender
my Big Boss blender | Source
everything you need
everything you need | Source
hot chocolate mix, milk, ice and Hershey's syrup
hot chocolate mix, milk, ice and Hershey's syrup | Source
a delicious frozen drink dessert
a delicious frozen drink dessert | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 2 min
Cook time: 1 min
Ready in: 3 min
Yields: makes one 16 oz frozen drink, two 8 oz drinks


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!


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  • moonlake profile image

    moonlake 5 years ago from America

    Looks so good. Even in the morning I could have one of these. Voted UP

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    Amber Dahnke 5 years ago from New Glarus, WI

    Someday I hope to try the original Serendipity recipe, too!

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    Gypsy48 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this easy recipe. I can't wait to make this. I had a frozen hot chocolate at Serendipitys when we were in Las Vegas last year. It was so good!

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    Amber Dahnke 5 years ago from New Glarus, WI

    Thank you for the advice! I do love my colorful kitchen :). Hope you enjoy this recipe, it is super yummy!

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    Virginia Kearney 5 years ago from United States

    This sounds great. I make some sort of coffee/chocolate recipe at my house almost every day. I'm super calorie counting but I'm sure that this could be adapted with some of the sugar substitute chocolates out there. My kids will love this one. Great idea! By the way--try using a white piece of cloth behind your food in photos--brings in better light and looks great. I have a colorful kitchen like you (yellow tile!) and that has helped me get photos that focus more on the food.

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    Amber Dahnke 5 years ago from New Glarus, WI

    I just saw Serendipity's recipe floating around recently and have been making iced coffees all year. I decided I had to try and simplify the recipe with stuff I had around already, and it worked beautifully! Hope you enjoy the recipe!

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    Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    I had never heard of iced hot chocolate until I was researching hot chocolate for an article this year, but I'm intrigued with the idea now. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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    Amber Dahnke 5 years ago from New Glarus, WI

    Oh, I hope you get to try one soon! I am sure I will have another one tomorrow, these are really a treat. Thank you for checking out my recipe!

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    Aga 5 years ago

    This looks absolutely delicious! I could have one right now - extra festive for New Year's Eve! Voted awesome!