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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75 Responses
  1. Heather

    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.

  2. 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.

  3. Shelly

    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!

  4. Tara

    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.

  5. Julie

    Whoops!!! Lol now I see servings on the typed recipe. Sorry! Thanks.
    disreguard below….

    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.

  6. Julie

    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.

  7. Natalie

    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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Lindsey

    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.

  11. Lorry

    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!

  12. Deb

    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™‚

  13. 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!

  14. willetjk

    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!

  15. 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™‚

  16. Leah

    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!

  17. Justine

    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!

  18. Megan B

    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…

  19. 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.

  20. 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!

  21. Lea

    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˜€

  22. 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!

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