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Frozen Hot Chocolate

While hot chocolate is a beloved classic, why not mix things up with a chilly and delicious twist? Enter frozen hot chocolate – a delightful beverage that’s perfect for those who crave the flavors of traditional hot chocolate but with a refreshing, icy spin. Best of all, it’s a versatile drink that can be enjoyed year-round, bringing a touch of festive cheer no matter the season.


  • 2 cups of milk whole or plant-based
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups ice
  • Whipped cream and chocolate shavings for topping optional


  • Place milk, cocoa powder and sugar in a small saucepan.
  • Heat over medium-low heat, until steaming but not boiling.
  • Add chocolate chips and stir constantly until melted and fully combined.
  • Remove from heat, stir in vanilla extract.
  • Allow the chocolate mixture to cool slightly, then transfer it to a blender. Add the ice cubes and blend on high speed until thick and frosty.
  • Pour the frozen hot chocolate into glasses and garnish with whipped cream, chocolate shavings, or any other desired toppings.
  • *You can adjust the amount of ice cubes based on your desired thickness and frozen texture. Start with 1 cup of ice and add more if you want it thicker and more frozen.
woman holding a gold cup of frozen hot chocolate with green straws

Flavored Variations

There are several tasty variations you could make to the frozen hot chocolate recipe.

  • Peppermint- Add 1/4 tsp peppermint extract or crushed peppermint candies. 
  • Mocha- Add 1-2 tbsp coffee or espresso powder.
  • Orange- Add 1 tbsp orange zest and 2 tbsp orange juice.
  • Peanut Butter- Add 2-3 tbsp peanut butter.
  • Mexican Chocolate- Add 1/4 tsp cinnamon and a pinch of cayenne.

Boozy Variations

This frozen recipe drink would work well with several types of alcohol added. Be sure to blend well to incorporate the alcohol fully. These adult frozen treats would be perfect for a cocktail party or fun night in!

  • Baileys Frozen Hot Chocolate- Add a shot of Baileys Irish Cream for a creamy, boozy delight.
  • Kahlúa Frozen Hot Chocolate- A shot of Kahlúa will give your drink a coffee-flavored kick.
  • Peppermint Schnapps Frozen Hot Chocolate– Add a shot of peppermint schnapps for a festive, minty flavor.

For the alcohol versions, you may want to go lighter on the added sugar since the liquors provide some sweetness.

Frozen hot chocolate with red and white striped straw.

Tips and Hints

  • For an extra-rich and creamy frozen hot chocolate, consider using a higher-quality chocolate or even adding a touch of melted chocolate to the blender before blending.
  • If your frozen hot chocolate becomes too thick or icy, simply add a splash of milk or cream and blend again until the desired consistency is achieved.
  • Experiment with different toppings and mix-ins, like crushed candy canes, marshmallows, or even a drizzle of your favorite liqueur for an adult twist.
  • For a fun presentation, serve in chilled mugs or glasses rimmed with chocolate syrup or crushed cookies.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use instant hot chocolate mix instead of cocoa powder?

Yes, you can use instant hot chocolate mix. Simply replace the cocoa powder and sugar with an equivalent amount of hot chocolate mix. Keep in mind that instant mixes may already contain sugar and other additives, so you may need to adjust the sweetness accordingly. 

Can I use milk alternatives like almond or oat milk?

Absolutely! While the traditional recipe calls for dairy milk and cream, you can easily substitute your preferred non-dairy milk alternative for a vegan or lactose-free version.

How long does frozen hot chocolate keep?

Due to its frozen nature it can typically be stored in the freezer for up to a week. Just be sure to give it a good stir or blend before serving to re-incorporate any separated ingredients.

Whether you’re a lifelong fan of hot chocolate or a newcomer to this chilled version, frozen hot chocolate is sure to become a beloved addition to your winter indulgences. So cozy up, grab a spoon, and prepare to savor the rich, velvety flavors of this decadent treat.

woman holding cup of frozen hot chocolate

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