With only a few ingredients, you can quickly be cooling off with a refreshing Frozen Hot Chocolate. Like a slushy, this chilled chocolatey drink has wee little bits of chopped ice blended together with a mouthwatering cocoa mixture, then loaded with swirls of creamy whipped topping and chocolate shavings for a new summer favorite. Frozen hot chocolate is legit the best.
We just love drinking hot cocoa all winter long. And now we can enjoy this frozen hot chocolate drink all summer long too. Whoop whoop!
This recipe is a combination between your favorite cocoa mix, melted chocolate chips, sugar, and cubed ice. It comes as no surprise this is a summer must.
And definitely pin this now for those Christmas in July celebrations y'all got coming up. This drink will bring back all those nostalgic Christmas vibes too.
How fun is it to read frozen and hot in the same recipe title? There is no doubt this refreshing drink will be your new summer favorite when it's blazing hot outside.
Check out these ingredients below and make a list of anything you need to grab from the store you don't already have on hand.
frozen hot chocolate ingredients
- dairy free chocolate chips-- our go-to is either Enjoy Life mega chunks/mini chips or the Nestle Toll House Allergen Free Chocolate Chips
- granulated sugar
- warm dairy free milk-- heated to about 110 degrees Fahrenheit. We use unsweetened almond milk. For this recipe we prefer the refrigerated kind found in the cooler at the grocery store instead of the shelf-stable products. Use your favorite dairy free milk.
- dairy free hot chocolate mix-- two recommendations are Castle Kitchens Double Dutch Hot Chocolate; their allergen statement is here. And Swiss Miss Non-Dairy Hot Cocoa Mix is available here. Tap here for their allergen statement. We haven't heard back from them regarding the possibility of cross-contamination in the manufacturing process.
- crushed ice-- use ice cubes from your freezer or store-bought ice in the bag.
- dairy free whipped topping-- there are several options; scroll down for suggestion and links
- optional-- dairy free chocolate syrup, chocolate shavings, mini dairy free chocolate chips, sprinkles, or even mini marshmallows
- optional-- add in leftover crushed candy cane bits to the top of the whipped cream or place a candy cane in the drink for decoration and as a beverage stirrer.
kitchen gadgets used in this recipe
If you are a fan of hot chocolate throughout the winter, check out our DIY Hot Chocolate Bombs recipe. It's become another one of our hits on our website-- tap here and you'll see what all the fuss is over this fun recipe.
It is a definite must-pin winter recipe.
And here is our homemade peppermint marshmallow recipe. These are easier than you think to make and so, so good.
frequently asked questions
what hot chocolate mix can I use
We prefer one of two brands. The first is Castle Kitchen's Double Dutch Hot Chocolate Mix. Their website and allergen statement is here. Another option is the Swiss Miss Dairy Free Non-Dairy Hot Cocoa Mix in individually sealed packets. Tap here for their allergen statement. You can purchase here if this isn't available locally.
is Ready Whip dairy free
can this be made ahead of time
This is best fresh from the blender; however it can be blended ahead of time and placed into serving glasses, then frozen up to an hour ahead of time. Allow to soften on the countertop just before serving and adding those yummy toppings.
should I chill the glasses ahead of time
If you have the time, this is a nice touch. Chilling your serving glasses for 10 minutes will help this drink stay fresh and chilled longer. However, it is not necessary.
more summer dessert recipes you'll love
- ice cream sandwich cookies-- these are a must to stock the freezer with all summer long with your favorite ice cream flavors sandwiched between two large chocolate chip cookies
- oreo ice cream cake-- made with crunchy, safe Oreo cookies, layers of vanilla and chocolate ice cream, a fantastic homemade chocolate ganache, and creamy Cocowhip topping
- no bake cookies-- this old-fashioned recipe is made with ingredients you already have on hand. They taste rich, wonderful, and melt in your mouth.
- peanut butter balls-- also known as Buckeye Balls, these are always a good idea year-round. They combine a creamy peanut butter mixture coated in melted chocolate for a delicious treat.
- zucchini bars-- imagine fresh, tender slices of bars with zucchini shreds, a hint of cinnamon, and topped with a creamy cream cheese frosting
- peanut butter swirl brownies-- another great peanut butter and chocolate combination. These fudgy brownie bars are amazing and delicious.
- lemon poppy seed bundt cake-- this moist lemony-tasting cake with poppy seeds is topped with a lemon cream cheese frosting for the ultimate sweet and tart dessert
- strawberry poke cake-- this cake recipe topped with Cocowhip and fresh strawberries is just like Grandma used to make, but with gluten and dairy free ingredients
This fun and refreshing frozen drink recipe will be a huge hit among children and adults too.
Really-- who can resist chilled hot chocolate with wee little bits of chopped ice topped, a fab coco mixture and creamy whipped topping?!
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Frozen Hot Chocolate
- 1 c dairy free chocolate chips suggestions in post
- 2 tbs granulated sugar
- 1 tbs gluten and dairy free hot cocoa mix suggestion in post
- 2 c dairy free milk warmed to 110°F, suggestions in post
- 8 c crushed ice
- top with swirls of dairy free whipped topping suggestions in post
- optional-- dairy free chocolate syrup, chocolate shavings, mini dairy free chocolate chips, sprinkles, or even mini marshmallows. Also use crushed candy cane bits or place a candy cane in the drink for decoration or as a stirrer.
- In a medium saucepan over low heat or in the microwave, melt the chocolate chips. Stir frequently.
- Then add in the sugar, cocoa mix, and warm milk. Whisk until well combined.
- Pour the chocolate mixture and crushed ice into the blender. Blend on high until the mixture is the consistency you like.
- Pour into glasses, top with a swirl of dairy free whipped topping and other optional suggestions.
- Enjoy immediately.
This allergen friendly recipe was adapted from a traditional recipe from the I am Baker website.
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