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August 07, 2014



To die for frozen hot chocolate with a mountain of whipped cream and sprinkled with chocolate shavings--just like Serenidipity3's in New York City.

Serendipity3’s Frozen Hot Chocolate
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I have always believed that bigger, more expensive is not necessarily always better as I rediscovered on my recent trip to New York City. My husband, our friends, and I have dined at a couple of well-known and expensive steakhouses during our occasional NYC visits over the years. We had high expectations for these restaurants, mainly because they were rare treats and because they were extremely expensive. Naturally, we expected the food, especially the steak, to be out of this world. It wasn’t the case in both instances. Don’t get me wrong, the food was very good, but it didn’t WOW our socks off. What took us by surprise (pleasantly) were the little simple things we had elsewhere. One of these serendipitous surprises was the Frrrozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity3. (Pun entirely intended. Sorry!) It is a gloriously chocolaty, rich-but-not-too-rich, thirst-quenching, sweet tooth satisfying, smooth, endorphin stimulating liquid ambrosia in a giant goblet. I knew as soon as I had it that I had to share it on this blog.

Serendipity3’s Frozen Hot Chocolate

I debated over creating a copycat version or searching for the secret recipe. I quickly decided that I had to have the original (or as close as possible). Well, thanks to Todd Wilbur, the author Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 3, here it is…and it tastes just like the one I had at Serendipty3! And it's as close as you can get to the real thing. According to Todd, the recipe that the restaurant gave to Oprah, which was featured on one of her shows and posted on her site, is not THE one. The ingredients don't match the ones on their frozen hot chocolate mix that you can purchase. He deciphered their hidden little secret, and thanks to Todd, I can mix up this special treat (inexpensively) in my own home any time I want. If you have not discovered this elixir of life, now is the time.  Join me. Pull out the blender and start mixing!!

Serendipity3’s Frozen Hot Chocolate



1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup nonfat dry milk powder
2 tablespoons Ghirardelli cocoa powder
1 tablespoon Hershey's cocoa powder
1 tablespoon Scharffen Berger cocoa powder (see note below)
1/8 tsp. salt
1 cup milk
3 cups ice
2 or more cups whipped cream (I prefer homemade)
1/2 ounce shavings from a semi-sweet chocolate bar


Combine the first 6 dry ingredients in a small bowl. Pour milk into a blender. Add the dry ingredients, followed by the ice. Blend until the ice is crushed and the drink is a slush consistency. Pour into one 30-ounce or two 15-ounce goblets. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkling of shaved chocolate. Serve immediately.

Note:If can’t find the Scharfffen Berger cocoa, use 3 tablespoons Ghirardelli cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon Hershey's cocoa powder. Use a vegetable peeler to scrape off chocolate shavings.

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  1. I love chocolate and I love this and can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing your lil secret ;)
    Julie@ Sweet and Spicy Monkey

  2. Oh, I've never had frozen hot chocolate, can you believe it? I love hot cocoa and I love frozen drinks so I think I really need to make sure that changes soon. :)

    1. I tried it for the first time last summer and realized that I had been missing out. Make that change soon...I think you are going to like it. :)