Frozen Hot Chocolate

Frozen Hot Chocolate from Big Girls, Small Kitchen2

Happy Monday! I’m really happy to introduce Natalie of Good Girl Style, who will be joining us to share incredible desserts with Big Girls, Small Kitchen readers. I should mention that these desserts will all be gluten-free, but not like obviously gluten-free. That means no specialty flours or hard-to-find ingredients, just good old-fashioned butter, sugar, fruit, cream, and, most importantly for today’s dessert, chocolate.

Have you ever been to Serendipity? I used to go as a kid, and though I most looked forward to the foot-long hot dogs, I think everyone else was really there for the famous frozen hot chocolate, a decadent slushie-like drink that can now be yours at home. Thanks, Natalie! 

Frozen hot chocolate may seem like an oxymoron, but the frozen chocolate-y treat is both refreshing and somehow warming after a savory winter meal. Cozy up by the fireplace, wrap a blanket tight, and enjoy this unique and fun dessert-slash-drink.

Best of all, frozen hot chocolate comes together quickly and easily, and the base can be made ahead so you’re ready at a moment’s notice to blend together a frozen treat. You can definitely use chocolate chips in the recipe, just make sure you stir the base mixture constantly, as the chips will take longer to melt and you don’t want to scorch the milk in the meantime.

You can also add mint flavoring or a mint teabag to the hot chocolate base for a subtle peppermint flavor. If you’ll be serving these at a special occasion, I think Hammond’s peppermint sticks would be an amazing addition, and they are especially pretty mimicking the effect of a “straw” in the frozen hot chocolate. At a holiday party, try serving these up in tiny shot glasses for a one-sip dessert.

And, eight more subtly gluten-free desserts.


Frozen Hot Chocolate
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Serves: 4
Technically, this serves one person drinking from an enormous goblet. But you might want to share amongst 4 smaller cups, especially at a party.
  • 3 ounces milk chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1½ cups milk, divided
  • Dash salt
  • 3 cups ice
  • Whipped cream, peppermint sticks, hot fudge, chocolate squares or shavings, or mashmallow syrup for garnish, if you're in the mood
  1. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the chocolate, cocoa powder, powdered sugar, salt, and ½ cup of the milk, stirring as the chocolate melts so that the whole thing becomes a smooth chocolate base.
  2. Cool this completely to room temperature, or go ahead and put it in an airtight container in the refrigerator to use later.
  3. When ready to drink, put the chocolate base in a blender, and add the remaining 1 cup of milk and the ice. Blend until thoroughly combined and slushy. Spoon the frozen hot chocolate into cups, mugs, or bowls, and garnish as desired.


  • caitlyn

    I love frozen hot chocolate!!

  • Bev @ Bev Cooks

    Oh good heavens, yes.

  • Emily

    Wow, this looks amazing! Whenever we have a fire it gets to hot to be able to enjoy hot chocolate so this is what I will be making next time we start a fire… genius!

    • BGSK

      I never thought of it that way – it’s like a cool-down when it gets TOO cozy.

  • Katie @ A Place to Dwell

    These look incredible! Can’t wait to try this recipe. ‘Tis the season for hot chocolate! :-)

  • Joy

    This looks great! I’m always looking for good gluten-free recipes that don’t require some new special flour, so I’m SO GLAD you’ve joined to give us just that!

    • BGSK

      Yay! So glad you’re into the frozen cocoa!

  • Amy

    I want to try this and I’m not even gluten free!

    • BGSK

      That’s the idea!

  • Quyen Nguyen

    The quintessential NY dessert (sorry NY cheesecake!). :) Yum!

    • BGSK

      Hey, what about the Egg Cream??

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

    Good gravy I need one of these in my life. Or five. That sister in law of mine sure knows how to make hot chocolate even more amazing 😉

    • BGSK

      Your sis-in-law is a gem! I want frozen hot chocolate three times a day from now til new year’s.

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