Hot chocolate just got cool—like ice-cold cool. This chilled hot cocoa can be enjoyed on both the warmest or the coldest days of the year. It's a delicious, all-weather treat that will satisfy your chocolate cravings and it's a fun, new take on the traditional winter drink.
An iced hot chocolate boasts all the flavor of the decadent drink, but serves it chilled over ice—think of it as hot chocolate's answer to iced lattes. There are two ways that you can approach the ice. You could simply stick with regular ice cubes or double down on the cocoa flavor with homemade chocolate ice cubes. As the ice melts, your iced cocoa will get diluted with more cocoa instead of water—it's an extra little treat that's worth the time!
- 2 cups milk
- Hot cocoa mix
- 6 to 8 ice cubes (or "chocolate ice cubes")
Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this iced hot cocoa is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and cooking.
Make the Chocolate Ice Cubes
Whisk together one cup of the milk with the portion of hot chocolate recommended for your mix.
Pour the mixture into an ice cube tray.
Freeze overnight, or until the chocolate ice cubes are solid.
Make Iced Hot Cocoa
Put the cocoa or hot chocolate mix in a glass.
Slowly stir in the remaining cup of milk. Because we're making a cold version of cocoa, it may take a little more time to dissolve all of the cocoa mix. Take your time and stir the drink until you see no more chunks of powder. It's best to add the milk in a slow, steady stream while stirring to avoid clumping.
When the mixture is smooth, add the ice cubes of your choice.
Kitchen Tips and Variations
Decide if you'll be using regular ice cubes or chocolate ice cubes. This will determine how much cocoa mix you need. With regular milk, you may want to double the manufacturer's recommended quantity of cocoa or hot chocolate mix. If using chocolate ice, opt for a single serving recommended for your favorite cocoa or hot chocolate mix.
Beyond this iced cocoa recipe, you can use the chocolate cubes in other drinks. Almost any iced latte will take the melting chocolate nicely and you can always store these in a tight container in your freezer to use at a moment's notice. If you like, switch the two around and make latte ice cubes to add a hint of coffee to your cocoa.