Frozen Hot Chocolate

Go ahead and freeze cubes of this frozen hot chocolate right now so whenever the craving strikes, you're ready to add the chocolate ice cubes to the blender and whip up an easy chocolate dessert.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Freeze Time:
6 hrs
Total Time:
6 hrs 15 mins


  • cup sugar

  • cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 4 cup half-and-half or whole milk

  • 2 teaspoon vanilla


  1. In a medium saucepan combine sugar and cocoa powder. Gradually whisk in 2 cups of the half-and-half. Cook and stir over medium-low heat just until mixture comes to boiling.

  2. Gradually whisk in the remaining 2 cups half-and-half. Heat through but do not boil. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Cool completely and pour into the compartments of two to three ice cube trays. Freeze at least 6 hours or overnight.

  3. For each serving, blend 5 or 6 chocolate ice cubes with 1/2 cup half-and-half or whole milk. Top with whipped cream and/or chocolate syrup, if desired.

    Frozen Hot Chocolate
    Matthew Clark

Mexican Hot Cocoa:

Prepare as directed, except stir 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon and, if desired, 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper into the sugar mixture. Add 1 teaspoon almond extract with the vanilla. Top each serving with whipped cream and a cinnamon stick.

Mocha Hot Cocoa:

Prepare as directed, except stir 1 tablespoon instant espresso coffee powder or 2 tablespoons instant coffee crystals into the sugar mixture. Top each servings with whipped cream and coarsely crushed chocolate-covered espresso beans.

Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa:

Prepare as directed, except whisk in 1/4 cup high-quality caramel sauce and 1/4 teaspoon salt with the vanilla. Top each serving with whipped cream, a caramel drizzle, and a sprinkle of salt.

Minted Hot Cocoa:

Prepare as directed, except add 1/2 cup peppermint schnapps or 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract with the vanilla. Top each serving with whipped cream and crushed peppermint candies.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

460 Calories
31g Fat
42g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 460
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 21g 105%
Cholesterol 99mg 33%
Sodium 174mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Total Sugars 34g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 2.5mg 13%
Calcium 313.2mg 24%
Iron 1.7mg 9%
Potassium 617.3mg 13%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 11.6mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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