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Frozen Hot Chocolate

    A healthy version of the drink made famous by Serendipity in New York City, my Frozen Hot Chocolate is made without any store-bought hot cocoa mix and is completely guilt-free!

    Frozen Hot Chocolate - The Lemon Bowl

    I have an embarrassing confession: I just watched the movie Frozen for the first time a couple weeks ago. Yes friends, that’s correct, I have a 1 and 3 year old and somehow went all this time without watching the movie!! Can I be honest? It was a little depressing. Am I a sap? Don’t answer.

    Asher in Snow

    In addition to watching Frozen, my oldest is also obsessed with drinking hot cocoa. With temperatures below freezing and wind chills of -20, I can’t say I blame him.


    We typically whip up a quick batch of my Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa but when my friends at UDIM asked me to create a dairy-inspired recipe for January, I decided to create a Frozen Hot Chocolate – a healthy knock-off of the drink made famous by NYC’s Serendipity.

    Frozen Hot Cocoa - The Lemon Bowl

    Just like the other versions of hot chocolate found on my website, there is no need for the overpriced, store-bought hot cocoa packets. A little milk, cocoa powder, and honey and you are well on your way to a rich, creamy, and decadent frozen hot chocolate. In fact, this combination of low-fat dairy and antioxidant-rich chocolate is not only a delicious treat but it makes an excellent recovery drink after a workout.

    Frozen Hot Chocolate - The Lemon Bowl

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    Frozen Hot Chocolate - The Lemon Bowl

    Frozen Hot Chocolate

    4.34 stars average
    A healthy version of the drink my Frozen Hot Chocolate is made without any store-bought hot cocoa mix and is completely guilt-free!
    PREP: 5 mins
    TOTAL: 5 mins
    Servings: 4


    • 4 cups low fat milk
    • ¼ cup cocoa powder
    • 2 tablespoons honey
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • 2 cups of ice – more or less to taste
    • whipped cream and chocolate shavings (optional garnish)


    • Place first 5 ingredient in a high speed blender (milk through salt) and puree until smooth. Add ice and continue blending until you’ve reached desired consistency.
    • Pour into four glasses and garnish with whipped cream and chocolate shavings to serve.


    Calories: 166kcalCarbohydrates: 23.7gProtein: 9.1gFat: 5.8gSaturated Fat: 3.5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2.3gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 268mgFiber: 1.8gSugar: 20.9g
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    Liz DellaCroce

    Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:


    1. is it awkward that I’ve lived in NYC FOREVER and have never been to Serendipity? Or had their frozen hot chocolate? But…I think I’ll make yours instead. Sounds like a better life choice!

    2. This looks absolutely amazing, Liz! I’ve been to Serendipity once but haven’t tried their frozen hot chocolate but now I wont have to because this healthy version sounds even better! I have a 3 year old and almost 1 year old and haven’t watched Frozen yet either — although I do know the entire theme song since my three nieces are obsessed with Elsa haha.

    3. I still haven’t seen Frozen Liz! My parents and my brother have, but somehow I’m the oddball that’s missing out. But if I get to watch it while drinking this gorgeous healthy frozen hot chocolate, I’m definitely up for it! :) Pinned!

    4. I love that the calories for this work for my snacks. This is definitely something I’ll be making (although without the whipped cream). And enjoying greatly.

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