With this summer’s heat wave, cold drinks are in high demand! One of my husband’s favourites is frozen hot chocolate – an icy cold, chocolatey blended drink topped with whipped cream and chocolate drizzle. Knowing that store bought versions can be expensive sugar bombs, I set out to create a simple, healthier version we could make at home.
Googling “frozen hot chocolate” resulted in recipes that were more elaborate (melt chocolate in a double boiler) or sugary (add hot chocolate powder) than I had hoped. Did it really need to be that complicated? What if I just used up that leftover chocolate milk already in my fridge? Thus, the recipe testing began.
Three things I learned from recipe testing
- Freezing chocolate milk into ice cubes is easy. Getting them out of the trays can be a bit more difficult. If your ice cubes get stuck, flip the tray over and give it a good whack on the counter. Ta-da! Chocolate milk ice cubes. If you are looking for a gentler approach, try running the tray under hot water in the sink to loosen the ice cubes or spraying the tray with non-stick cooking spray before pouring in the chocolate milk.
- Different ratios work for different people. At our house, the ¾ frozen to ¼ fluid chocolate milk was preferred, but you can tailor the amount to suit your tastes.
- Use the ice crush (or equivalent) button on your blender if you have one. It did the best job of all the blender settings.
The final result
Cool, creamy, chocolatey goodness in a cup! Plus, it definitely comes out on top nutrition-wise when you compare it to the versions you can buy because it is made from chocolate milk. For comparison, a small Second Cup’s Frrrozen Hot Chocolate® clocks in at 370 calories while a small Tim Horton’s Creamy Chocolate Chill™ has 380 calories, and both are high in sugar and fat.
But what did my husband think? He told me he still liked the store bought ones best, but this version was a close second. Is that a pass in my books? Definitely, based on these behind-the-scenes. When I said that I needed to make another batch to finish recipe testing, he said “oh no, we need to have another delicious chocolatey drink” with a grin. Then I caught him stealing sips of my drink while I was trying to take the final photo; I think that says it all.