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Missing hot chocolate when it’s hot outside? Solution: FROZEN hot chocolate! It’s an iced version of the drink that’s out of this world good.

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Oh boy, are we excited to share this one! It’s hot chocolate, but it’s frozen. Wowza, is this a fun summer drink! It’s iced and chocolaty, like a milkshake but lighter and frothier. The smooth chocolate flavor goes down easy, and if you want to top it with homemade whipped cream? It’s a little creamy too. Basically, this frozen hot chocolate is everything you need to beat the heat in these sweltering temps. But we’re planning to eat it all year round, because: I mean, look at it!

Blender with milkshake

How to make frozen hot chocolate

First off, what is frozen hot chocolate? Well, it’s everything the name implies. Take some hot chocolate and blend it with ice until it’s frothy. It’s basically like a caffeine-free frappuccino, without the coffee flavor. This is our new favorite summer drink, and especially is a favorite of our 2 year old, Larson.

Many recipes you’ll find online are very sugar forward, some calling for melted chocolate and boatload of sugar. So instead, we decided to start from our Homemade Hot Chocolate made of whole food ingredients: milk, cocoa powder, and maple syrup. You’ll make a base of this, and then mix it together with ice until a frothy, milkshake-like texture forms.

Here’s how to make frozen hot chocolate:

  • In a small saucepan, heat milk, cocoa powder, maple syrup, and vanilla until it just combines, then remove from the heat.
  • Add the remaining milk to cool the mixture.
  • Place the chocolate mixture in a blender and whiz until a frothy, milkshake-like texture forms.
Frozen hot chocolate

Serve with whipped cream (optional)

Do you drink hot chocolate with whipped cream? I’m one of those people who never does: I find it’s way too sweet for me with a creamy dollop! The main reason we served this frozen hot chocolate with whipped cream was for the photograph: doesn’t it look lovely? (Ha.) We did find whipped cream added a nice creaminess when stirred into the frozen chocolate. Here are a few homemade whipped cream recipes for serving with this frozen hot chocolate:

  • Homemade Whipped Cream: a classic whipped cream made with heavy cream, sweetened with powdered sugar and flavored with vanilla.
  • Dairy Free Whipped Cream: Did you know you can make whipped cream using coconut milk? This version comes out thick and lightly coconut scented.
  • Yogurt Whipped Cream: this version uses equal parts yogurt and heavy cream for a healthy spin. It ends up with a tangy flair! While we typically think of this one with fruit desserts, you could get away with it here for a lower calorie version too!
Frozen hot chocolate

Variation: dairy free frozen hot chocolate

If you’d like a plant based version of this frozen hot chocolate: we’ve got you! Simply use your favorite version of dairy-free milk. We’d recommend a thicker milk like oat milk, coconut milk, or some brands of soy milk. Almond milk can be a bit too watery here. Let us know what your favorite stand in for dairy milk is in the comments below.

Of course, top it with our vegan whipped cream: or omit it altogether! It will still be a magnificent taste treat, we promise.

Summer drinks

More hot chocolate recipes

Love hot chocolate? Here are some more ways to get your chocolate fix:

This frozen hot chocolate recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For dairy-free, vegan, and plant-based, use the vegan variation!

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Frozen hot chocolate

Frozen Hot Chocolate

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Missing hot chocolate when it’s hot outside? Solution: FROZEN hot chocolate! It’s an iced version of the drink that’s out of this world good.




  1. In a saucepan over low heat, gently warm 1 cup milk, the cocoa powder, maple syrup, and vanilla and whisk until just combined: do not boil! Warm it just enough so that it combines, but not so much that it’s hot or boiling. Immediately remove from the heat. Pour the mixture into a liquid measuring cup and add the remaining 1 cup milk. (Here you can refrigerate until serving, or go directly into the next step.)
  2. If serving with whipped cream, prepare the Homemade whipped cream or vegan whipped cream.
  3. Place the chocolate mixture in a blender with the ice cubes. Blend until smooth. Serve in chilled glasses, topped with whipped cream if desired.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: American

Outside of this frozen hot chocolate recipe, here are a few more of our favorite drink recipes — including lots of frozen drinks for summer!

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Gabrielle Elizabeth says:

    I’ve had a sore throat for 5 days and wanted something frothy and icey without a bunch of sugar! I did a quarter of the recipe for myself and enjoyed an episode of Seinfeld on the couch. Thank you for this! Saving this one.

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      Sounds perfect!

  2. SHIRLEY F. says:

    I was all excited about the Frozen Hot Chocolate until I read the recipe. A half cup of maple Syrup?

    1. Sonja Overhiser says:

      This makes 6 servings, so it’s 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon maple syrup per serving, much less than the sugar quantity in most frozen hot chocolate recipes! The flavor doesn’t taste like maple, it’s simply used as a natural sweetener.