Frozen Hot Chocolate is a refreshing icy cold version of hot chocolate! It’s made with real melted chocolate, hot cocoa powder, milk, and ice blended and topped with whipped cream. 

Want more frozen treats? Try my Chocolate Milkshake or Mochi Ice Cream!

A glass filled with thick frozen hot chocolate, topped with whipped cream and shaved chocolate curls, with a second filled cup in the background.

Once the summer heat hits this amazing Frozen Hot Chocolate recipe is a regular favorite at our house and tastes just as good as the one at Serendipity in NYC! It’s made with Real melted chocolate to give it a boost of richness and flavor. Best of all, it’s easy to make with just 5 ingredients and 15 minutes of your time.

Ingredients Needed:

  • Chocolate: use good quality chocolate (milk chocolate or semi-sweet) that melts easily.
  • Hot Chocolate Mix: or make your own, from scratch.
  • Granulated Sugar: use more or less, to taste, depending on how sweet you’d like it.
  • Milk: the higher fat, the creamier the drink will be.
  • Ice
  • Optional Toppings: Whipped Cream and shaved chocolate
The ingredients needs to Frozen Hot Chocolate.

How to make Frozen Hot Chocolate:

  1. Chop and Melt chocolate in microwave on half power, in 20 second increments, stirring until smooth.
  2. Stir in hot chocolate mix and sugar. Add ½ cup milk and allow to cool to room temperature.
  3. Blend with some more milk, a few cups of ice, and the melted chocolate mixture until smooth.
  4. Serve immediately, topped with fresh whipped cream.
Four process photos with instructional text, for making Frozen Hot Chocolate.

Make Ahead and Freezing Instructions:

This treat is best made fresh, but any leftovers could be frozen, and then re-blended when ready to eat.

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Recipe

A glass filled with thick frozen hot chocolate, topped with whipped cream and shaved chocolate curls, with a second filled cup in the background.
Prep 15 mins
Total 15 mins
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Ingredients
 
 

  • 4 ounces high quality semi-sweet chocolate , or milk chocolate
  • 1 Tablespoon store-bought hot chocolate powder*
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 3-4 cups Ice cubes
  • Whipped Cream for topping, optional

Instructions
 

  • Chop the chocolate into small pieces and melt in the microwave on half power, stirring every 20 seconds.
  • Once melted, add hot chocolate powder and sugar, stirring until well blended. Slowly stir in ½ cup milk, stirring until smooth. Cool to room temperature.
  • In a blender, add the remaining 1 cup milk, chocolate mixture and ice. Blend well until smooth. Taste and add more ice if you want it thicker, and another spoonful of hot chocolate mix if you’d like it sweeter.
  • Serve immediately, topped with sweetened whipped cream and chocolate curls, if desired.

Notes

Hot chocolate powder: If you don’t have hot chocolate mix on hand, you can make some from scratch. If using store-bought, use a high quality brand over a generic store brand. 
Flavor Variations: Use any flavor of hot cocoa mix, like mint, caramel, or dark chocolate. 
Freezing Instructions: This treat is best made fresh, but leftovers could be frozen, and then re-blended when ready to eat.

Nutrition

Calories: 258kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 4gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 74mgPotassium: 281mgFiber: 2gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 160IUCalcium: 125mgIron: 1.9mg

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Process photos by Nikole of The Travel Palate.

I originally shared this recipe July 2018. Updated July 2021.

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  1. Thanks for the recipes. I was actually looking for one for frozen hot chocolate! This one is perfect! Have a great week!

  2. His is a delicious way to enjoy hot chocolate when you don’t want it to be super hot or it’s to hot to have it, it’s better than chocolate milk because it’s icy and just tastes better overall.

  3. 5 stars
    This is one of my favorite recipes because it’s quick, easy, and the frozen hot chocolate is delicious. Thanks for sharing it!

  4. I used dark chocolate chips, 1 tbsp of sugar (instead of 2), and vanilla almond milk! Delicious and dairy-free!

    1. 5 stars
      Thanks Megan! This was really helpful for me in making my frozen hot chocolate!❄️🍫My kids really liked this after their soccer game in my mom van!⚽️🚐

  5. 5 stars
    I love this recipe! It’s quick, easy to make, and absolutely delicious. I’ve made it twice in three days and can’t get enough. Thank you so much for sharing it!

  6. 5 stars
    I just made this on a lazy morning and it was delicious! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe with us!

  7. 5 stars
    With this recent heatwave, I’ll try anything frozen or chilled. I made this for my kids and they absolutely loved it! It was the perfect summer treat for a hot summer day. We’ll be making again.

    1. This is a terrible recipe! I followed the recipe EXACTLY and it turned out to taste EXACTLY like pure chocolate syrup. Also the consistency was very watery and chunky please do not make this recipe! I almost puked!
      Thank you

  8. 5 stars
    This was SO GOOD! I have tried frozen hot chocolate before that was just milk, hot chocolate powder and ice. The melted chocolate you call for in this recipe really made the difference. Thank you!

  9. 5 stars
    Just made this with my kids and a few of their friends and it was hit with everyone! I used semi-sweet chocolate chips.