I blame Survivor.
It is all your fault, Survivor!
It is your fault every channel I surf to has shows about a club that only bad girls can join, women trying to win the heart of a man living in his mother’s basement, & teenagers with big egos, big drama, and even bigger bank accounts.
I’m not sure if this should be termed Reality. Maybe Surreality? Or Oddiality?
What happened to normal TV?
Luckily, my family recorded every episode of The Cosby Show on our handy dandy VHS recorder. Strange? Maybe. Awesome? Totally.
I watch the Huxtables, and think to myself – how totally normal they were & how that to me is my reality TV. Reality that includes a family laughing and learning together.
No one gets voted out. No one wins a million dollars.
Everyone gets to stay! And everyone wins dessert!
My Frozen Hot Chocolate may be even better than a million dollars.
Well, maybe not. But close!
The restaurant Serendipity 3 has made frozen hot chocolate an art.
They are famous for it. A New York City institution. So famous- they now have a location at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.
This was my first visit to Serendipity 3. This was my first frozen hot chocolate.
I have to admit… I am not extremely fond of chocolate.
Revoke my woman card, now!
I like tastes of chocolate… but ask me to finish off a big piece of chocolate cake (or even a small piece)- and I may run away. Fast.
Me + Chocolate = Acquaintances
Serendipity’s super chocolaty treat was a little too chocolaty for me.
My version has a secret… a secret that makes a BIG difference.
Here’s what we need:
- Semi-Sweet Chocolate
- White Chocolate
- Evaporated Milk
- Homemade Whipped Cream (or store bought… you choose)
AND your favorite instant hot chocolate mix. I used good ol’ Swiss Miss because it is what I had.
Bring a saucepan of boiling water to a low boil. I improvised a double boiler by placing a stainless steel bowl over the top of my saucepan.
Into the double boiler- add your butter, sugar, & cocoa mix. Melt, mixing often.
Next add in the chocolate chips. Stir until the mixture turns into a melty, chocolaty paste.
Last add in ½ cup of the evaporated milk. Reserve the rest of the can for later. Combine.
This is your finished chocolate base syrup.
Resist the temptation to stop making frozen hot chocolates and eat this right out of the bowl. I know it is hard. You can do it!
Set aside and let cool to room temperature.
Get out the blender your aunt got you for your wedding.
Dust off the cobwebs.
Toss in some ice.
Add the chocolate base syrup & the reserved evaporated milk.
I divided mine into 2 batches. Blenders just work better with smaller quantities.
In my house, the noise of a blender has a way of attracting small children.
I thought ahead and put 2 glasses in my freezer earlier.
Frosty glasses make me feel extra special.
Chop up some of your leftover chocolate chips if you are feeling fancy.
Spoon the frozen hot chocolate into the glass… top with whipped cream… shower with chocolate chip bits.
Frozen Hot Chocolate definitely calls for a bendy straw. And a spoon.
An afternoon treat. 2 happy boys. Could it get any better?
Recipe: Click here for printable recipe
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons (1 packet) hot cocoa mix
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup white chocolate chips
- 1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk, divided
- 4½ cups ice cubes
- whipped cream
- mini marshmallows, optional
Combine sugar, cocoa mix, and butter in top of double boiler that is set over gently boiling water. Stir often until melted and smooth paste forms. Add semi-sweet & white chocolate chips; stir. When chips begin to melt, slowly stir in 1/2 cup evaporated milk. Stir until smooth and velvety. Cool to room temperature.
Combine chocolate base mixture, remaining evaporated milk and ice in blender (in batches, if necessary); cover. Blend until smooth. Pour into individual glasses. Top each with whipped cream. Sprinkle with additional chopped chocolate chips & mini marshmallows, if desired. Serve with a straw and spoon.