Frozen Hot Chocolate

I love hot chocolate as I’m sure a lot of you do. I drink it close to every night in the winter. To my delight my favorite local frozen yogurt shop, Perkits (if you are ever in Cleveland, TN you have got to visit Perkits-they have different flavors every day!) has their own version of frozen hot chocolate. I have also tried the famed Serendipity Frozen Hot Chocolate in New York which was great as well and I decided to try and recreate these at home. This turned out fantastic! So light and refreshing but quenches that sweet tooth at the same time. I actually added a bit more hot chocolate mix and sugar because I thought it needed to be sweeter and added peanut butter as well! This is a great summer snack or dessert!

Frozen Hot Chocolate
Source: Serendipity 3 via epicurious.com, also inspiration via Chocolate Covered Katie
Makes 4 small servings or 2 large servings

Ingredients:
3 oz. semi-sweet or dark chocolate, chopped (I used choc. chips)
3 teaspoons store bought hot chocolate mix
2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 tbsp. peanut butter (optional)
pinch sea salt
1 1/2 cups milk
3 cups ice
Whipped cream
Chocolate shavings

Directions:
Place water in a pot and bring to a simmer. Place chocolate in a heat proof bowl or double boiler and place bowl on top of the simmering water, stirring occasionally until chocolate is completely melted. Once melted, stir in the hot chocolate mix, sugar, salt, and peanut butter (if using), stirring until ingredients are fully incorporated. Remove from heat and add in 1/2 cup of the milk a little at a time. Stir until mixture is smooth. Allow to cool to room temperature.

In a blender add the remaining cup of milk, chocolate mixture and ice. Blend until smooth and consistency is that of a frappuccino. Pour into glasses and top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings if desired.

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    Comments

    1. I remember when Oprah had Serendipity's on her "favorite things" show and I have been wanting to try it ever since. Your version looks excellent!

    2. Oh my gosh, Serendipity is one of my favorite places to go to in Las Vegas! The peanut butter frozen hot chocolate is the perfect treat for a hot afternoon.

    3. Macaroni and Cheesecake says:

      Thanks Cara!

      Didn't know they had one in Vegas too! That's exciting!

    4. Melissa C. says:

      yum! As soon as I get some whipped cream, I am making this!

    5. Macaroni and Cheesecake says:

      Let me know how it turns out!

    6. Christine says:

      This is probably a dumb question, but I only see the ingredients and no recipe. Do you just mix everything in a blender?

    7. Macaroni and Cheesecake says:

      Christine-thanks for letting me know! The directions were showing up this morning and were in my editing box, but dissappeared when I posted somehow. I think I fixed it. Can you see them now?

    8. Inside a British Mum's Kitchen says:

      What a wonderful recipe – this looks SO delicious – my girls are going to LOVE this. I'm your newest follower – so happy to have found your blog!
      Mary

    9. Macaroni and Cheesecake says:

      Mary thanks so much for following! Hope you enjoy!

    10. Candace says:

      This is fantastic! I had a concoction like this at Dunkin Doughnuts this past weekend except mine had the addition of coconut. It was the perfect way to beat the heat. Yum!

    11. Macaroni and Cheesecake says:

      Candace, i'll have to try that at dunkin's! The coconut addition sounds fabulous! Also, we are name twins:) my first name is Candace but I go by my middle name (Stephanie).

    12. Kerstin says:

      I drink it every night in the winter too and in the summer I switch to ice cream, but I need to try this asap because it looks SO good!

    13. Maryanna says:

      I have the Serendipity cookbook, and it has their recipe for frozen hot chocolate. I've been itching to try it for a while, and I definitely need to give it a "go" before the summer ends. My only "beef" with the cookbook is that it says to use your favorite hot chocolate mix. Well, I want to use the one that they use, but I guess they can't give out all their info. They have to keep some things secret, huh!?!

    14. Macaroni and Cheesecake says:

      Maryanna, I did see that they sell the mix on their website and you could probably get it on Amazon too.

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