Vegan frozen hot chocolate with mint is perfect for those hot summer days. Cooled hot chocolate poured over shaved ice cubes
Me: Can I get a Hot Chocolate, please?
Coffee Clerk: Its 90° outside?!
Me: I know.
If you don’t care that you get funny looks when you order hot chocolate on hot, summer days, You are my kind of person!!
Tips for making this Frozen Hot Chocolate
- Use shaved ice in this frozen hot chocolate recipe. The best way to get shaved ice is by grinding ice cubes in a smoothie blender until you get a snow consistency
- Be sure to cool the hot chocolate completely before adding to the shaved ice
- Do not shave the ice cubes until the hot chocolate has completely cooled down. Adding warm hot chocolate to shaved ice will end up in a very watery hot chocolate drink
- Use any milk of your choice. I experimented with both regular milk and almond milk. I loved them both, so, choose milk based on your diet preference
- Use fresh mint only. Do not use dried mint for this recipe
- Be sure to keep the lid on while you steep the mint in the milk. If the milk gets cold quickly, the mint will not be able to give all its flavor to the milk
- I prefer using (affiliate link) cane sugar which is vegan friendly. If you can’t find cane sugar, use (affiliate link) vegan powdered sugar because it won’t clump up or give a chalky taste to this frozen hot chocolate
I am from NYC where Serendipity 3 is located. They know their way around a frozen hot chocolate like no one else!
What I miss most about NYC (other than the snow, food, vibrant, easy transportation, hiking, Mexican food, Indian food, Noodle restaurants, Little Italy, tall TALL buildings, Museums, musicals, food trucks, huge pretzels, Christmas, bagels……) drinking a tall glass of frozen hot chocolate on a hot day!
P/S: Yes, I do miss the NYC’s Snow! Crazy, I know, but, it is the truth. 🙂
So, I thought I would try making my own frozen hot chocolate recipe to enjoy on a very hot Florida Summer afternoon!
It paid off because this frozen hot chocolate is delicious! The mint is the star of this recipe because it adds a wonderful flavor to the hot chocolate
Don’t skimp on the mint because you will be doing a huge injustice to this frozen yogurt.
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Frozen Hot Chocolate FAQs
I used the same chocolate powder I used in my chocolate smoothie bowl. Its the Juice Plus Dutch Chocolate.
You can also use Dark Chocolates. There are several vegan dark chocolates. I get mine from Amazon. Be sure to use the plain dark chocolates
Absolutely! There are several vegan whipping creams found on Amazon. See my Amazon picks below. Reddi-Wip® also makes a vegan version of their whipped cream. Top with chocolate shavings for a fun presentation
You sure can! The best alcohol for this recipe is probably a shot of bourbon, vodka or even Kahlua.
Yes, use regular Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate packets. Heat milk, steep the mint, discard mint and then add the hot chocolate packet. Mix well and let it cool. Then, add to shaved ice cubes and serve
Yes, you can freeze this hot chocolate. It sounds like an oxymoron type of question, am I right? Make sure all the ice has melted first. Then, transfer to ice cube tray and freeze it. Put it into coffee, smoothies or chocolate slushies
Yes, you can find vegan chocolate on the market. There are several companies that don’t use any dairy in their chocolate recipes. For a complete guide on what is vegan friendly, check out my handy-dandy guide, “What Vegans Don’t Eat“
What can I add to frozen hot chocolate
- Chocolate Syrup
- Chocolate shavings
- Vegan Ice Cream
- Chocolate chips
- Vegan Marshmallows
- Chocolate Sprinkles
- Oreos (Use if you are using vegan whipped cream)
How to make frozen hot chocolate
Time needed: 40 minutes.
How to make frozen hot chocolate (vegan)
- Boil the milk
In a medium sauce pan, add the milk and let it boil
- Add Mint Leaves
Add the mint leaves to the hot milk
- Steep the Mint Leaves
Leave the mint leaves in the milk and let them steep for about 10 minutes. Make sure you keep the pan covered
- Strain the mint leaves
Strain the mint leaves and save the them for composting
- Add Chocolate Powder
Place the milk back on low heat. Add cocoa powder of choice. I used Juice+ Plus’s Dutch Chocolate Powder
- Add the nuts
Add nuts of your choice. I went with Hazelnuts and pistachios
- Let it cool
Turn off the heat and let it cool. This is a crucial step. Be sure to cool it completely. I place the hot chocolate in the refrigerator to cool it faster
- Shaved Ice cubes
Take about 12 ice cubes and grind them up in your smoothie maker. When it has the snow consistency, transfer to 2 drinking mugs
- Add the cooled down hot chocolate
Transfer the hot chocolate to the shaved ice and serve immediately
If you mint remaining, check out my post on everything you can make with mint. There is also information on how to store it and some best practices when working with fresh mint.
What is your favorite thing about NYC?
Vegan Frozen Hot Chocolate
- In a medium sauce pan, add the milk
- Heat until it comes to a boil
- Add the mint leaves and cover for 10 minutes
- Strain out the mint leaves and save them for compost
- Place the milk back on the stove at low heat
- Add the pistachios, hazelnut and dutch chocolate powder
- Let it cool down completely. See notes
- When the hot chocolate has cooled completely, crush the ice cubes in a smoothie blender
- Transfer the ice to mugs
- Add the frozen hot chocolate and serve
- If you don’t have hazelnuts, use almonds or pecans.
- To speed up the cooling process, place the hot chocolate in the refrigerator for about 8 minutes.