Monday, August 9, 2010

Frozen Hot Chocolate

How can frozen hot chocolate better than the original?  I've always been a sucker for frozen, blended, icy drinks...even the right texture of plain ol' crushed ice does it for me.  But this goes beyond.  It's so rich and creamy and chocolaty.  Chocolate, blended drink nirvana.

Frozen Hot Chocolate
From Fine Cooking August 2010

Notes:  The author suggests adding a 1/4 cup of chocolate or coffee liqueur to the mix.  I say CHEERS to that!  Without the booze its a great treat for kids too.

1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
kosher salt
2 cups ice cubes
3 tbsp bittersweet or semisweet chocolate shavings
(made with a vegetable peeler)

Blend the milk, cream, cocoa, sugar, vanilla, and a pinch of salt in the blender until well combined and the sugar is dissolved.  Add the ice and bend until slushy.  Transfer to glasses, top with the chocolate shavings, and serve immediately with spoons.

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