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The Ultimate Frozen Hot Chocolate Recipe

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Frozen Hot Chocolate Recipe – A cool creamy blend of sweet chocolate and milk, topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

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Dessert Cravings

Sometimes we crave things at the wrong time of year… Am I right?

For instance, right now when I should be dreaming about berry desserts and watermelon I have my heart set on pumpkin cheesecake bars. Obviously, I could go ahead and make them, but it just seems wrong to make pumpkin anything until at least September.

However, I have found a way to fudge on these unspoken seasonal rules to some degree. Like serving hot things cold, when it’s best suited to do so.

Say hello to Frozen Hot Chocolate… A normally warm beverage recreated in a frozen state of being.

By this time of summer, you’ve probably had fresh fruit smoothies and milkshakes so much you are ready for a change of pace. Frozen Hot Chocolate is just the thing to dazzle the senses and cool you off on a steamy day!


Frozen Hot Cocoa Ingredients 

  • Dark Chocolate – broken into pieces
  • Granulated Sugar 
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • Instant Coffee Granules – not coffee grinds
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Whole Milk – or a non-dairy substitute
  • Ice
  • Possible garnisheswhipped cream, chocolate sauce, hot fudge, shaved chocolate curls, chopped nuts, caramel sauce, sprinkles
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How To Make Frozen Hot Chocolate

  1. Simply melt dark chocolate in a small pot with cocoa powder, sugar, milk, and a bit of instant coffee granules. The coffee granules are added to enhance the deep chocolatey flavor, but do not overpower the flavor.
  2. Then pour the hot chocolate mixture into a blender and add more cold milk, vanilla extract, and ice. Puree until the mixture is thick and frosty.
  3. Pour the blended dessert cocoa mixture into glasses and serve as-is, or topped with whipped cream and all your favorite sweet garnishes.
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(Cold) Hot Chocolate Toppings and Variations 

The kids love these with whipped cream and sprinkles. For an enticing visual effect, I like to smear hot fudge sauce around the inside of the glasses and let it drip down the side before adding the blended drink.

This recipe can also be “turtled” by adding chocolate sauce and caramel sauce to the insides of the glasses, then topping each glass with whipped cream and chopped pecans!

Surprise your friends and family this week with an unexpected summertime treat. The Frozen Hot Chocolate Recipe is guaranteed to conjure up big smiles!

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Frequently Asked Questions 

Can I Use Different Milk Options? 

You can use other milk options for this recipe. Just make sure to stick to thicker milk alternatives if you want to keep this an ultra-creamy drink. Cashew milk, oat milk, soy milk, and canned coconut milk (regular coconut milk is not as creamy as the canned variety). 

Why Add The Instant Coffee To The Recipe?

Instant coffee intensifies the flavor of the chocolate. You can leave it out if you are not a fan of coffee or don’t want caffeine late in the day. 

Can I Make This Ahead And Keep In The Freezer?

I do not suggest making this ahead of time. You can decorate your glass with the chocolate, as I did beforehand, but if you blend this drink too early and place it in the freezer, it will harden. So prep and freeze the glasses early, then blend the beverage when you are ready to consume it! 

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Frozen Hot Chocolate Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Frozen Hot Chocolate Recipe – A cool creamy blend of sweet chocolate and milk, topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
Servings: 4



  • Place the chocolate, sugar, cocoa powder, instant coffee granules, and 1 cup milk in a small sauce pot. Warm over medium heat and stir until the chocolate has melted into the milk. Once smooth, remove from heat. Do not let the mixture boil.
  • Pour the chocolate mixture into a blender. Add the remaining milk to the blender, along with the vanilla extract and ice. Cover and blend until very smooth.
  • Pour into glasses and add whipped cream and garnishes if desired!



Best if served immediately. 


Serving: 8ounces, Calories: 342kcal, Carbohydrates: 36g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 13mg, Sodium: 60mg, Potassium: 451mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 27g, Vitamin A: 210IU, Calcium: 164mg, Iron: 4.5mg
Course: Drinks, Holiday
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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39 comments on “The Ultimate Frozen Hot Chocolate Recipe”

  1. YUM!! My kids love frozen hot chocolate! Your recipe makes the perfect treat!! No one is ever left disappointed!

  2. I love this chocolate coffee recipe. This is looking so delicious and easy to make at home. I will surely try this. Thank you for this yummy coffee recipe.

  3. This is so delicious! It is the perfect rich and creamy treat for summer. We love it!

  4. This is really fantastic!! Love the idea of adding chocolate shavings on top! So perfect!

  5. Perfect summer dessert! My family loves this!

  6. litereally one of my most favorite dessert drinks i have ever had! way batter than our typical chocolate milkshake!

  7. I tried it with my family, it tastes so good!

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  15. wow this is good for hot summer day. Thanks.

  16. Made this for me and my sister…remembered my sister was on a diet and put the serving originally for her in the freezer…hoping it will keep good if I keep it cool, but I LOVE it. It is not too sweet and not too heavy.

  17. We made this tonight and it is amazing! Thanks for the recipe, it will definitely be on repeat.

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  21. This is the most awesome thing I’ve ever seen. I only need like two things to make this, so it’ll be a day or so before I can, but this is so happening! Thank you for this Sommer!

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  23. Is this a take off or copy of the Serendipity cafe’s famous drink?

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  30. I wonder if it would make a difference to freeze the mason jar before putting the chocolate in the mug. Either way, I frozen love hot chocolate and this looks delicious!

  31. Can I substitute milk for almond milk?

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  33. I always want hot chocolate. The frozen kind has been on my list for a while now. I am definitely making some soon, your glasses are irresistible.

  34. the perfect Summer Treat!!

  35. Love the way you smeared the chocolate inside the glass first, what a perfect effect!

  36. Now I’m really craving chocolate!!

  37. So nice and cool, refreshing and good!

  38. Whats not to love!

  39. This would cool me right down and fill my chocolate craving!