Frozen hot chocolate is one of my favorite evening treats. I love everyday hot chocolate, but making it into an icy, sweet, slurpy drink is my idea of glorious. I have tried several recipes and recently found this one on (I believe it is originally a Serendipity recipe). I loved it! Of course I added a bit more chocolate than the recipe called for but that is usually what happens in my world when it comes to chocolate – the more the better. It has now replaced my other recipes as my go-to frozen hot chocolate recipe. If you’ve never had frozen hot chocolate, it’s worth trying! Delicious.

Frozen Hot Chocolate

Frozen Hot Chocolate


  • 4 ounces of your favorite chocolate (I used semi-sweet chocolate)
  • 2 teaspoons store-bought hot chocolate powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 3 cups ice cubes
  • lightly sweetened whipped cream
  • chocolate shavings (optional)


  1. Chop chocolate into small pieces and melt in microwave on low heat. Once melted, add hot chocolate mix and sugar, stirring constantly until thoroughly blended. Slowly add 1/2 cup milk, stirring until smooth. Cool to room temperature.
  2. In blender, place the remaining 1 cup milk, room-temperature chocolate mixture and ice.
  3. Blend on high speed until smooth and the consistency of a frozen daiquiri. Enjoy! (This recipe made a large blender full – I believe I got at least 4 8 oz. servings from one batch.)

Recipe Source: adapted from

37 Responses to Frozen Hot Chocolate

  1. ashlyn says:

    You know whats way faster, cheaper and less sugary? Hot chocolate powder, milk and ice. It taste exactly like second cups and its really good.

  2. ashlyn says:

    You know what is way faster, cheaper, less sugary and taste the same as second cups version? Hot chocolate powder, milk, ice and blend it all up. Its delicious .

  3. Amanda says:

    I first tried frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity 3 in NYC three years ago. I have dreamed about it since, so I will gladly be trying this because I know everything from you is amazing.
    Thank you!

  4. Laura says:

    I have made this recipe several times and love it. I was having a bit of a hard time of not getting the milk and chocolate mixture to combine, or combine thoroughly, so instead of microwaving it, I did it over the stove, and it turned out great. You just might have to wait a little longer for the base to cool, but I would suggest doing this step if you have had the same issue as me.

  5. Tiffany says:

    I’ve wanted a blender for some time, but this gives me the best reason EVER to go get one! I’ve had this drink at Serendipity and it was fabulous! Can’t wait to make my own!

  6. Kensi says:

    Hi Mel! Can I substitute Nesquick for the hot chocolate powder?

  7. Alicia says:

    Made this again today and it was so much better than the first time I made it. I don’t think I measured the ice cubes accurately last time and ended up using too much. The flavor was much better this time, even without the cream! I guess practice makes perfect!

  8. Alicia says:

    Oh and I forgot to mention that I used the Swiss Miss dark chocolate variety of hot chocolate and also used 1/2 cup of cream to make it more decadent. Maybe the 1 cup of skim balanced it out, but it was sure yummy!

  9. Alicia says:

    Okay, so the recipe says “remove from heat” but I didn’t have it on heat, it was in the microwave. Is it supposed to be heating when adding the milk? I made two batches and the second was better than the first. But they were both delicious. This will be a delicious summer holiday treat!

    • Mel says:

      Alicia – I’m sure it is a typo in the recipe. I’ll take a look and edit it. I’m glad you liked this – it is one of my favorite drinks and I think your changes/additions sound delicious (especially the dark chocolate and cream!).

  10. Leisel says:

    Ah. . . you’re kidding me! I went to New York last year with a trip to Serendipity in mind, but it was the one, (and only. . . seriously) place we did not get to stop by. I’ve always regretted it. My husband said he’d take me back just so I could have a frozen hot chocolate, but how dumb is that. But now it’s totally not necessary!!! I’m so excited. I think I might have to use this on a date night. Ya know, like a mock trip to NYC! Hmmn, what else could I do????? Thanks for the recipe. By the way, the bars you recommended were killer. My 6 year old son came to me crying, begging for the last little “chunck”. I told him if it would make him happy he could have it. He was later seen walking around with the equivalent of about 4 chuncks!!! Funny stuff! Thanks again for the great recipes!!

    • Mel says:

      Leisel – glad the bars worked out! (And that your 6-year old loved them so much.) I hope you like this frozen hot chocolate – oooh, it is so yummy!

  11. Maris says:

    This sounds too good to be true! I’m such a chocoholic, it’s not even funny!

  12. Frieda says:

    Frozen…Hot…sounds like a tempting oxymoron! I am definitely gonna try this one!

  13. Emily says:

    Oh yum! I LOVE frozen hot chocolate but have never made it at home! I will definately be making this!

  14. Laura says:

    Never had frozen hot chocolate before, but I’m on board for anything with chocolate in it.

  15. Amy and David Ziehl says:

    I think I have died and gone to heaven!

  16. rookie cookie says:

    Both my honey and I love frozen hot chocolate from Dairy Queen. Here’s to hoping this is similar!Great site you have. Good info and recipes!Merry Christmas!

  17. D says:

    Just what we need since we are still roasting here in Southern CA. Can’t wait to try it.

  18. Melanie says:

    Laura – glad you liked this. I guess the one bonus about your kids not liking it is there is more for you and your husband, right??

  19. amisparky says:

    Anyone thinking about trying this definitely needs to try it sooner than later. It is so easy to make and talk about DELICIOUS! Thanks for sharing.

  20. Mariann says:

    Roy just walked in here while I was checking this recipe out, these are his exact words, “How is Brian not fat? or Melanie?”Let us know the secret…

  21. AmyB says:

    oh we got these all the time at the dairy queen when i was in high school! I can’t wait to try it.

  22. Melanie says:

    Jenn – glad you liked the frozen hot chocolate. I’m glad to see your comment about it because it reminds me I need to make it again now that the weather is warming up!

  23. Marisa says:

    Yum, yum, yum! I will for sure be making this tonight for FHE. Thanks!

  24. Laura says:

    K, made this last night and it was fabulous. Th kids didn’t like it, but me and hubby loved it. I’ll definitely bring this recipe out this summer. I’ll also have it on my blog soon.

  25. nicole says:

    Oh my this looks good.

  26. Deborah says:

    I’ve had the frozen hot chocolate from Serendipity, but never thought to make it at home! What a great idea!

  27. Melanie Anne says:

    Hi melanie! Erin and I made this when she was visiting me! It was yummy! I made it again, but tried it with milk chocolate last night for FHE treat. My boys loved it! Thanks for recipe!

  28. grace says:

    this makes me smile for two reasons:1-hello, it’s chocolate!2-it reminds me of that glorious john cusack movie, aptly titled “serendipity.” πŸ™‚

  29. Katie says:

    What a fabulous idea! This looks so good!

  30. Jenn says:

    Made this yesterday for the kids after school yesterday. I sure enjoyed it and the majority of the kids did too. Looking forward to trying your raspberry lime rickey–can’t get enough lime in my diet.

  31. Leigh Anne says:

    Melanie, My girls and I have enjoyed the “real thing” at Serendipity in New York and even ordered the mix from them. Can’t wait to try this version at home!

  32. Sherra says:

    Melanie–So excited to see this on your blog today. I’ve always wanted to try it at home and I know all 4 of my kids will LOVE this. YUM!! Thanks πŸ™‚

  33. Angie says:

    YUMMMM!!!! (And like Frieda said – a great oxymoron – that was the first thing I said when I read the title). This sounds like a great after dinner drink for Thanksgiving. Who needs a second dessert when you can have hot chocolate?

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