Wednesday, July 17, 2013

two hundred and eighty

One of my favorite things in the world is hot chocolate with marshmallows.  Unfortunately, it's been around 100 degrees here in the NYC Metro area for the last week or so which means that any cravings for hot cocoa have been thrown out the window.  I know I can't be alone in my cravings for a chocolatey, marshmallowy treat, so I set out to make a recipe for a summer-friendly frozen "hot" cocoa.

Frozen Hot Cocoa

  • 4 cups real chocolate milk (not the stuff made from water and HFCS)
  • 1-14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream, whipped
  • 2 packets of "marshmallow lover's" hot cocoa mix
  1. In a large bowl, combine the chocolate milk, sweetened condensed milk, and hot cocoa mix without the marshmallows.
  2. Carefully fold the whipped cream into the chocolate milk mixture, making sure not to deflate the whipped cream too much.  (Protip: Whisk in half of the whipped cream, then fold in the second half.  It's easier than folding in the whole batch of whipped cream!)
  3. Assemble your ice cream maker and turn it on.  With the machine running, pour the unfrozen cocoa into the ice cream maker's bowl.  (You may need to do this in two batches if you have a small machine.  If so, just refrigerate the remaining unfrozen cocoa until you're ready to use it.)  Churn for 20-30 minutes, or until the cocoa has frozen and the machine begins to struggle.
  4. Pour or spoon the frozen cocoa into four giant glasses.  Top each glass of frozen cocoa with a sprinkling of the marshmallows from the cocoa mix.  Serve immediately.
Serves 4 hungry grown-up cocoa lovers (or 8-10 kids).


  1. Looks wonderful! I'm going to have to try it this weekend!

    1. It's seriously so, so tasty. Just remember to get real chocolate milk, not the stuff that's mostly water and corn syrup. (I'm going to edit that in now, actually.) I use True Moo, but I'm sure there are other brands--or you could make your own. :-)

    2. Good point about it being real chocolate milk. I don't ever buy it, so I'll have to look for True Moo. I actually unpacked my ice cream maker attachment for the mixer the other day, so I'm super stoked now to try it!

    3. I've got to be honest, I was actually a little bummed out when my mother sent me my Cuisinart ice cream maker (she found it on sale for, like, nothing) because it meant I couldn't get the ice cream maker attachment for my mixer. :-P

      Don't tell anyone, but I sometimes drink a big glass of True Moo for breakfast (my meds kill my appetite for breakfast). Nothing else, just chocolate milk. I rationalize it by saying that it's carbs, protein, and fat, so it's a well balanced meal.