If you've ever visited Serendipity 3 in New York City, you are probably aware of—and hopefully have sampled—their signature dessert, the Frrrozen Hot Chocolate.
If you've never sampled this sweet treat, it's sort of like the richest, most decadent, most tricked-out-with-chocolate Frappuccino-type drink (sans coffee, of course) that you've ever tasted. With the sheer amount of chocolate in this drinkable dessert, it gets into every sip, slurp, or bite (because the consistency is such that it works with a straw or a spoon).
This adaptation, believe it or not, is even more decadent than Serendipity 3's, employing cream instead of milk and even more chocolate than the original--but if you're feeling guilty, simply split it into smaller servings. They won't be huge, but I promise, they will be mighty.
Recipe adapted from Serendipity 3.
- Yield:3-4 servings
- Active time: 15 minutes
- Total time:30 minutes (including cooling time)
- 3.5 ounces good-quality milk or dark chocolate (or a mix), coarsely chopped
- 2 teaspoons commercially prepared hot chocolate mix
- 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 1/2 cups light cream
- 2 1/2 cups ice
- Whipped cream or ice cream, to top (optional)
Place the coarsely chopped chocolate pieces in a double boiler over simmering water, stirring occasionally until melted. Add the cocoa and sugar, stirring constantly until thoroughly blended. Remove from heat and slowly add 1/2 cup of the light cream and stir until smooth. Cool to room temperature.
In a blender place the remaining cup of cream, the room temperature chocolate mixture, and the ice. Blend on high speed until smooth and the consistency of a Slurpee or Frappuccino. Pour into glasses and serve with both spoons and straws. If desired, garnish with whipped cream, or for extra decadence, top it with a scoop of chocolate ice cream.