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Frozen Hot Chocolate, Serendipity Style!

A few weeks ago I was in NYC for literally less than 24 hours and one of the only things I was able to squeeze in other than what I was there for was a visit to Serendipity for one of my favorite treats…..the Frozen Hot Chocolate. It is massive, chocolaty and perfectly ice-y.

When I got back home I told the boys all about the treat I had and said I would re-create our own version! So…..I got to work ๐Ÿ™‚


Here is your line up. Please add one more hot chocolate to the picture. I ended up using 5 packets. Use your favorite brand of hot chocolate mix. I used the Trader Joe’s brand of cocoa. This literally takes 5 minutes to make, not kidding.


I had my little guy hop on the counter and help whip the cream and sugar. Whip it until perfectly creamy.


Like so ๐Ÿ™‚

Let’s start with the milk. Pour it right into the blender. PS…..LOVE my Blendtec!

Cocoa time!

Give it a good blend!

Add the ice and crush it up!

I found the perfect consistency and was in love ๐Ÿ™‚

See those little ice crystals?! Those are the best part.

Time for the sweet cream and chocolate!

I used mini chocolate chips, but you can used shaved chocolate that looks more authentic to the original ๐Ÿ™‚

Ahhhh, wait until you try this! Love!

A few boys I know enjoyed the treat ๐Ÿ™‚

It was so fun bringing a little bit of NYC to my stinkers ๐Ÿ™‚


Frozen Hot Chocolate, Serendipity Style

2 cups whole milk

Five 1.25 ounce packets of Hot Chocolate mix

4 cups ice

1 cup heavy cream

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1/4 cup mini chocolate chips or grated chocolate

1. Place milk into blender. Add hot chocolate packets and blend until combined. Add ice and blend until ice is blended into tiny chunks. Pour evenly into 4 glasses on top of plates to catch any dripping frozen hot chocolate.

2. Whip cream and sugar until whipped cream. Top each glass with whipped cream and sprinkle with mini chocolate chips.

Makes 4 servings

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  1. 1
    Kathryn says:

    I saw your pictures on instagram and it looked amazing so I’m very glad you’ve shared the recipe! I can’t wait to try it myself.

  2. 2

    Oh. My. Goodness. Jenny, you are my hero. I’ve never been to Serendipity, but now I don’t have to! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for an amazing recipe!!!

  3. 3

    i’ve never been to NYC but have always dreamed of serendipity. LOVE this frozen hot chocolate!

  4. 4

    Wow – just wow.

    Enough said.


  5. 5

    This is seriously my heaven!

  6. 6

    I have lived in NYC for almost 6 years and never been to Serendipity… tragic, I know. However, I have the Serendipity sundae cookbook and love it:-)

  7. 7

    Now that’s a group of happy boys. And who can blame them? This frozen hot chocolate looks to-die-for.

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    Benthe says:

    Your boys are all cute, together like this ๐Ÿ™‚ I HAVE to make this, it looks so good.

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    Sibylle says:

    This surely looks yoummy!!!

  11. 11

    Your hubby probably complains about the same thing mine does, “How am I suppose to stay thin with all of these desserts you are making all the time!?” LoL!! Looks so stinking yummy!

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    kelley says:

    I especially love the pictures of the boys! My husband and I always try to go when we’re in NY. What a fun thing to make and enjoy as a family!

  13. 13

    I was hoping we’d see this! After the photo on Pinterest, you’ve had me wanting one of these!!

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    Cassie says:

    Jenny, these are beautiful. Fun way for the kids to help in the kitchen too. This sounds delicious!

  15. 15

    You did it!!!!! That’s so awesome. Looks just like the real deal. And much cheaper too ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. 16

    I love Serendipity! This looks delicious..and judging by your guys pictures,it IS! Thanks Picky Palate ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. 17

    WE had these when we were at the Vegas location and they were great… not sure why I didn’t think to make them at home… your’s look even better and your boys are adorable!

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    Lea says:

    I could kill for one of those about now – it’s 11.40pm and still about 30C! One of those little chocolatey dreams would hit the spot I reckon.

    thanks for sharing. I’m going to buy the ingredients first thing tomorrow, and hope it makes it easier to get through another scorching day ๐Ÿ˜€

  19. 19

    That drink is heavenly isn’t it? I live not even an hour outside NYC and have only had it once unfortunately. Now I can make my own ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Lynne Laino says:

    I need to make this NOW! Your boys are so adorable! As usual, your photos are terrific!

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    janetha says:

    I was waiting for this ever since you put it on Instagram! WOW, can’t wait to make it ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Julia says:

    The one time I was in NYC I didn’t get to try this b/c the line was so long. Sad ๐Ÿ™ But, glad I can at least make one at home now! LOVE your red blendtec too!

  23. 23
    Kathy says:

    Love the recipe and looks so easy! Will be making for sure. Thanks for sharing.

  24. 24
    Zee says:

    Wow! This is droolicious! I am lovin’ it

  25. 25
    Megan B. says:

    Thanks for the recipe! It looks so good. Do you know how many scoops of hot chocolate powder I would use instead of the packets? I have some Stephens hot cocoa canisters, but no packets.

  26. 26

    I’ve seen other recipes from frozen hot chocolate, both white and dark, and every time I see it..I want it! Just last night I was drinking hot, hot-chocolate…when it gets a little warmer, I need to try your cold version!

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    Thesha says:

    Oh my goodness! This looks so delicious.

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    Megan B says:

    Yum. And thank you for making your own whipped cream. I grew up going to the real Serendipity in NYC and have such vivid memories of the frozen hot chocolate with the homemade whipped cream. I went to the one in Vegas last year hoping to recreate those memories and they used Reddi-Wip from a can. It just wasn’t the same…

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    Janie says:

    Looks good to me! My guys will Love it! Thanks for posting it..

  30. 30

    This frozen treat looks absolutely fantastic. Thank you for re-creating and sharing this yummy recipe.

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    Maria says:

    I will be making this and soon!

  32. 32

    That looks so good. Can’t wait to try it. Love the photos of your boys!

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    Justine says:

    This is the first blog I’ve seen of yours, but I’ll definitely be back–I thought my family was the only that used the term “stinker” ๐Ÿ˜€ anyways, looks delish, love how you write, and happy new year!

  34. 34

    I have not been to NYC (yet) but I know all about Serendipity, thanks partly to the movie. LOVE the movie! It looks like you did an amazing job of recreating it!

  35. 35

    I live in NYC but never seem to make it over to Serendipity. thanks for sharing this. My kids are going to think I am the best mom ever. Does it matter what kind of hot chocolate mix you use?

  36. 36

    Love, love LOVE Serendipty frozen hot chocolate! Thank you for posting a recipe. My family will love this!

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    Leah says:

    I have dreamed about Serendipity’s frozen hot chocolate. I am so happy you posted this. We are eating it right now and it’s heavenly!

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    Memoria says:

    Ooo, the next time I make homemade hot chocolate mix, I’m going to try this out. It looks fantastic!!!

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    Jennifer | Mother Thyme says:

    I will be whipping this up this weekend! Fabulous recipe. Can’t wait to try!

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    Hannah says:

    I’m putting this on my summer to-do list. This will be the ultimate way to enjoy hot chocolate in hot weather!

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    Erin says:

    Funny story…I decided I wanted to try your last recipe with the giant Hershey kiss. Note to self: READ the recipe before buying ingredients. I bought 1 GIANT HERSHEY KISS, meaning the 7 oz because that’s what I thought yours looked like in the picture. I’m considering trying the recipe on one GIANT cookie ๐Ÿ™‚

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    leslie says:

    Mmm. I have never been to Serendipity..heard all about it though. These little frozen Hot Chocolates sound amazing!

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    OLGA LOPEZ says:

    this is amazing I never saw this before looks so so good.

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    willetjk says:

    It’s backward day at our house this weekend – and we started off the morning with this delicious chocolate treat! Hopefully this will get the boys basketball mojo going today! Yum! Need to find this place called Trader Joe’s that I hear so much about – none in our area. Tonight – Mozzarella stuffed meatballs! Thanks again for sharing!

  50. 50
    Marty says:

    This sounds absolutely delicious! I made Kahlua whipped cream yesterday and have a bit left, would be perfect to spoon right on top of this cold hot chocolate treat. Thanks!

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    marylou says:

    I love my Blendtec, too! What setting did u use for this?

  52. 52
    AlisonB says:

    Made these tonight (Monday) for my kids… HUGE HIT!!!! Thank you so much!!!

  53. 53
    Heidi Hawyes says:

    I made this last night for a summer treat. Was totally totally divine. Thanks so much for sharing this. It’s amazing

  54. 54
    Marti says:

    This looks delicious !! I had something similar when the HB and I were in Tucson AZ and it was scrumptions

  55. 55
    betsy says:

    I made these for the kids on a yucky day and they ask everyday if I can make them again!!

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    Deb says:

    Always wanted to try frozen hot cocoa as I saw it once on Oprah… never made until today when I saw your recipe.. I used 1% milk and no choc. chips but it was still DELICIOUS! Kids LOVED it too!! I used my favorite hot cocoa (only kind I like as I grew up on it, SWISS MISS)…. and it was DELICIOUS! (I’m not a chocolate fan, but this was great!)….100 times better than hot cocoa and my new turn to quick dessert! Even good for entertaining friends!! Thank you and I LOVE Your site!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  60. 60
    Breann says:

    I just made this for my family last night and it was yummy and so easy. thanks so much

  61. 61
    Lorry says:

    Haven’t been to Serendipity but this looks amazing! I wondered (being a poor college student with no fancy blender) is it possible to use my small food processor to crush the ice and then blend everything together in the blender? My blender says it can crush ice but I’ve already proven the only thing it can “crush” are ice cream and bananas!

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    Lindsey says:

    Thank you for the wonderful recipe! Made an individual serving for myself today, and I loved it! (and my mom may have stole a few bites) I went a little less on the hot chocolate packets, but added Hershey’s chocolate syrup, and it was delicious.

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    oh Jenny! Frozen hot chocolate?!? I am starting to wonder what else I’m missing out on by not visiting big cities more often! Looks great!

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    I will definitely be trying your version. I also have the Serendipity cookbooks. I say the same thing – a trip to NYC without stopping in at Serendipity for their frozen hot chocolate would just not be a trip to NYC. Also, Levaine Bakery for a chocolate chocolate chip cookie! Great site. Loving the recipes.

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    Adriana says:

    This looks delicious – I can’t wait to try this!

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    Winnie says:

    Gosh, I am a New Yorker, and I can never snag a table during the holiday season. I can’t wait to try your version, as I know that it is so delicious.

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    Natalie says:

    I love Serendipity.It is such a neat place.Everything there is good.They have
    fabulous hamburgers too.I have always wondered how to make frozen hot choclate.Now you have given me the answer.Will be going back on a trip in the Spring.You can be sure I will be making a stop there.Whats so neat is it is so close to Bloomingdales.

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    Julie says:

    Hi. Thank you for sharing this recipe. Looks great! I really want to serve for christmas but I was wondering how many will this recipe serve? It looks like you used some smaller serving cups but again how many will it serve?
    Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing from you.

  78. 78
    Julie says:

    Whoops!!! Lol now I see servings on the typed recipe. Sorry! Thanks.
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    Hi. Thank you for sharing this recipe. Looks great! I really want to serve for christmas but I was wondering how many will this recipe serve? It looks like you used some smaller serving cups but again how many will it serve?
    Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing from you.

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    karlayoung says:

    to die for yum-o

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    Jennifer says:

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    Tara says:

    So yummy. Next time I would save myself the hassle and purchase premade whipped cream, and I would use 1% milk that I always have, I don’t think it would make much of a difference. I also used Tim hortons hot chocolate and just weighed out 5.25 oz, instead of 5 pre packed packages.

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    Shelly says:

    Thanks for the inspiration! It’s yummy! I made a lower cal version with 1/2 and 1/2 (didn’t whip up but that was okay for me) stevia and 2% milk. I used Stevens dark chocolate mint hot cocoa and was delighted with a 361 calorie treat. Since I’m watching my calorie intake it was a great dessert. A little shaved Ikea dark chocolate and yum!

  91. 91

    You know, who says we can’t have hot chocolate in the summertime? Love Serendipity, and so glad to have this recipe. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Eva says:

    Where can I get the little hand mixer you called a guy hop?

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    laura says:

    your recipe sounds delicious but the Frozen Hot chocolate at Serendipity does not have frozen pieces of ice in it. It’s more creamy, smooth & thick.

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    Heather says:

    I would have to add espresso to this!!! Then you would have a frozen mocha,
    Sounds delicious

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    Heather says:

    I was in NYC for 3 days, and although Serendipity was on my list, my family didnโ€™t make it. So glad to find your recipe so I can make it at home.

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