If you’ve ever heard of the New York institution that is Serendipity III, then this post needs no further explanation. If you haven’t, well, it’s basically one of the greatest things ever created- the flavor of hot chocolate, but FROZEN. That may not sound as exciting as I’m attempting to convey, but have you ever had a milkshake or frozen chocolate drink that really tastes like chocolate? Before anyone says it, do not even think of mentioning the Dunkin Donuts drink they market as one, because while I am a proponent of all things chocolate, it doesn’t come close to the original. People don’t wait three hours to get a table at DD so that they can try one, and drinking one with a friend will not create a 15+ year tradition of going annually. Admittedly, that last one is a personal experience that happened with my best friend when we were 11- I know I promised to not really tell a lot of these kinds of stories, but screw it, it’s a testament to this dessert, and if you’re already bored just scroll on down and skip this adorable memory. Right, so we went, having recently met, because we share a birthday (to two 10 year olds, the same birthday and favorite color = fate) so I chose Serendipity. Alas, she had never been and when I ordered mine, she was reluctant (it’s a huge serving) and asked to try mine before ordering her own. It arrives, she has one sip, gets that wide eyed look you get when you experience something amazing for the first time, and immediately orders her own. I went to have another sip of mine (again, this is within 5 minutes of it being served) and more than half was gone.
Frozen Hot Chocolate
Adapted from Serendipity III
3 ounces of bittersweet chocolate
1 ounce semi sweet chocolate
1 tablespoon cocoa powder (ideally dutch-processed, but natural works as well)
2 teaspoons store bought hot chocolate mix
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 cups milk
3 cups ice
Chocolate shavings or chips
- Chop the chocolate into small pieces and microwave for 1-2 minutes (depending on how hot yours runs) pausing every 30 minutes to stir. Mine usually takes a total of 90 seconds. If melting on the stove, place it in the top of a double boiler over simmering water, stirring occasionally until melted.
- Add the cocoa, hot chocolate mix, and sugar
- Stir until thoroughly blended, or constantly if using a double boiler.
- Remove from heat and slowly add 1/2 cup of the milk and stir until smooth. Cool to room temperature.
- In a blender place the remaining cup of milk, the room temperature chocolate mixture, and the ice, in that order.
- Blend until smooth, pausing occasionally to stir, as some of the chocolate may stick to the sides.
- Pour into a giant goblet (if you’ve got one) or a regular glass and top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Serve with both a spoon and a straw.