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May 29, 2018

SERENDIPITY3’S FRRROZEN HOT CHOCOLATE

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To die for frozen hot chocolate with a mountain of whipped cream and sprinkled with chocolate shavings—just like Serendipity3's in New York City.

SERENDIPITY3’S FRRROZEN HOT CHOCOLATE
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My project for this summer is to do a little housecleaning on this little blog. I will be updating the photos on some of my old posts. And it starts today with this decadent, delicious, and refreshing copycat of Serendipty3's Frrrozen Hot Chocolate. If you have never had a frozen hot chocolate before, one taste of this is going to get you hooked!

Now that I have a spankin' new tripod that works well (read about my tripod woes here if you missed it), I'm actually looking forward the reshoots of some of my favorite recipes! The old pictures didn't do them a whole lot of justice, so I'm excited to revitalize them.

Below is the original post with the updated photos. I hope you'll try this this one, guys!!


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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 FRRROZEN 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!!

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SERENDIPITY3’S FROZEN HOT CHOCOLATE

SERENDIPITY3’S FRRROZEN HOT CHOCOLATE


INGREDIENTS:

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



INTRUCTIONS:

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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32 comments:

  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

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  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. :)

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    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. :)

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  3. yum!!! i wanted this so bad when i went to nyc a handful of years ago, but didn't get to it. i'll just have to make this at home (:

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    1. You'll get to enjoy all the goodness and save a bit of money too by making it at home! I hope you try it , Heather! πŸ˜ƒ

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  4. High five for blog house cleaning...that needs to be done every now and then. I've been updating some older posts too....just need a balance of updated vs creating new ones, ya know! This frozen hot chocolate sounds amazing, Thao!! Perfect for summer!! And your pics are great! Makes me wanna grab that drink right from my screen...a girl can dream ;)

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    1. And blog cleaning, just like house cleaning, you don't enjoying it, but it sure feels good when it's when it's done! Let's hope after smellovision has been perfected, someone will come up with virtual grab-and-go! How great would that be?πŸ˜‰

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  5. I am trying to blog clean myself, but it is going slowly... at the moment I am more occupied in dealing with this st... gdpr, it is making me crazy. What tripod did you get? I have been meaning to buy one for a while, but I cannot decide which one. The new pictures are beautiful, a mouthwatering recipe.

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    1. My old tripod was a cheap little thing. My new one is inexpensive but is sturdy and works well. It's a BC Master Camera Tripod Dslr, 75-inch Tall. I got it on Amazon. I hope this helps. Good luck with your tripod search! :)

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  6. We have the same plans. I'm doing a little blog housecleaning too. What a scrumptious chocolate treat! Great photos! I don't think I've tried frozen hot chocolate before. I need to try making it at home.

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    1. It's a slow process, but I guess we just have to tackle the blog cleaning process a little at a time. You definitely need to try frozen hot chocolate at least once! :)

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  7. Oh my gosh, this looks sooo yummy Thao. I HAVE had the frozen hot chocolate in Serendipity - so I cannot wait to try this homemade version!!!

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    1. It is such a fun (and delicious) thing to order isn't it? It's really fun at home too!!

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  8. Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe. I’ll definitely try it at home.

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  9. OH YUM, my son loves hot chocolate, and this will make the perfect summertime dessert. It looks so good. Thank you for sharing, I cannot wait to try out this recipe :)

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    1. Thank you Ashika! Please do try it! It's so good ! :)

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  10. I am a chocolate lover and cannot wait to try this super delicious recipe. Chocolate as a frozen dessert tastes amazing. I usually add chocolate ice cream in every chocolate drink. Some people love plain chocolate but my choice is chocolate with lots of dry fruits and nuts. I am surely going to add lots of nuts in it to make the recipe healthier and tastier.

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    1. Adding ice cream only makes things better! I hope will try this, and adding fruits and nuts sounds wonderful!

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  11. Oh sounds so good! We are considering a trip to NYC, so will have to consider stopping for this. Even if we make it at home first :)

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    1. I hope you decide to go! NYC is so much fun! And there are so many places to eat and not enough time to enjoy them all, but definitely go for the frozen hot chocolate! :)

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  12. I'm so glad you redid this post because I missed it the first time around! Frozen hot chocolate is THE BEST!

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    1. I'm glad I redid it too! We need to share our love for frozen hot chocolate ;)

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  13. I'm glad you have a new, shiny tripod! I would be lost without mine - it makes my pictures so much better. And that frozen hot chocolate! How have I never had this before? It looks amazing!

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    1. Once frozen hot chocolate enters your life, you will never want it to leave :)
      I've been holding off on getting a new tripod too long. I should have done it sooner. It makes such a big difference!

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  14. Now this is absolutely perfect for summer! The boyfriend loves hot chocolate, but not in the summer. He would die if I made this :-) maybe for his bday!

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    1. Oh definitely for his birthday, Danielle! He's going to love it!! πŸ˜ƒ

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    1. Thank you Stacey! I can't agree more!!

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  16. This looks perfect and I bet they taste good too! Definitely perfect for the summer. :)

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