Does this ever happen to you? The weather is cold. Even snowing, perhaps, like it is in New York City at this very moment. And all of a sudden, nothing sounds quite as good as a frozen treat of some kind?
This sort of thing definitely happens to me. Maybe it’s the warmth of being indoors. Or not; I’ve had these cravings strike while trudging through a blizzard. No joke.
At times like these, my easy Frozen Hot Chocolate could fit the bill nicely. It’s quick and simple to make, and there are many options as to how you take your chocolate. You could drink it immediately, or let it chill overnight in the fridge so that it takes an almost pudding-like texture. Plus, there are numerous ways to top this treat. I like to keep it simple, so let’s get right down to the base recipe:
Frozen Hot Chocolate w/Optional Goat Yogurt Topping
1 1/2 ounces bittersweet or unsweetened dark chocolate
2 Tablespoons agave nectar or granulated sugar (you can adjust this amount to your taste)
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup and also 1/2 cup milk of choice (I used a combo of rice milk and coconut milk)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/1/2 cups ice (approx 8 standard ice cubes)
Optional: extra thick (strained) goat yogurt for topping
Other optional toppings: ground nutmeg, cocoa powder, cinnamon, chocolate shavings. Feel free to get creative or leave out the toppings entirely.
1. Over a low heat, gently melt chocolate chips or chunks. Stir frequently to prevent burning or sticking. Remove from heat and use a spatula to transfer the chocolate to a medium-sized bowl.
2. Into the chocolate, whisk in the sweetener of choice, adjusting the amount to your taste. Whisk in cocoa powder and vanilla extract and make sure the mixture is well-blended.
3. Let this mixture cool slightly, then stir in 1/4 cup of the milk. (You could stop here and have a very thick, rich, no bake mousse/pudding like scenario. Or you could continue on. . .)
4. Now puree chocolate mixture, the 1/2 cup of milk and the ice in a blender.
5. Divide between 4 shot glasses or espresso cups. Enjoy immediately, or chill overnight and top with toppings of choice. If you chill this mixture overnight, it will have a thicker texture that’s almost pudding-like that you can drink or enjoy with a spoon.