Serendipity Frozen Hot Chocolate Recipe

Last Fall my two teen girls and I flew to New York city and enjoyed some girl time. While in New York City we had the opportunity to visit the famous Serendipity 3 restaurant. One of the many famous menu items is their frozen hot chocolate. I recently came across the supposed famous recipe on line and thought you might enjoy it as well.

Serendipity Frozen Hot Chocolate Recipe

By: , Guide . Reprinted with permission.

Frozen hot chocolate may sound like a contradiction, but The New York restaurant Serendipity 3 made frozen hot chocolate an institution. This is the original Serendipity frozen hot chocolate recipe, but I’ve tweaked the method a bit to make it easier for kids to make all by themselves.

With my version, you don’t have to melt the chocolate on the stove. And you can even use chocolate chips if you don’t want to chop the chocolate yourself.

Prep Time: 30 minutes


  • 6 oz. chopped semisweet chocolate (or chocolate chips)
  • 3 cups whole milk, divided
  • 1 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. your favorite powdered hot chocolate mix
  • 3 Tbsp. sugar
  • 6 cups ice cubes
  • whipped cream for garnish


  1. Place chopped chocolate and 1/4 cup of the milk in a microwave-safe container. Heat on 50% power for 1 minute. Stir.
  2. Heat on 50% power for 30 seconds. Stir. If necessary, continue heating in 30-second increments until chocolate is melted.
  3. Add hot chocolate mix and sugar. Stir.
  4. Slowly pour in 1/2 cup of the milk. Stir, and let cool to room temperature.
  5. Pour cooled chocolate mixture into blender. Add remaining milk and ice cubes. Puree until smooth.
  6. Top with whipped cream and serve immediately.

Makes 2 giant frozen hot chocolates.

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16 Responses

  1. I made these tonight and they are awesome! I am diabetic so I did use splenda instead of sugar, sugar free hot chocolate mix and sugar free whip topping. I added double the hot chocolate mix and only used 1/2 of the milk chocolate chips. Tastes great with less sugar! Thanks!

  2. I have had the frozen hot chocolate from Serendipity and it’s amazing! So if this recipe is close then it’s amazing! Gonna try it! Thanks for posting!

  3. Jessica has a great idea, maybe with 1/2 dark and 1/2 milk chocolate. I will try it first with the semi sweet then decide after that.

  4. I just made this ——— my goodness it makes a lot. We have an antique blender and it wouldn’t even hold 4 cups of cubes, so I put half the mix in a bowl and added another 2 cups. That filled it again……………It really made a ton, so we put the rest in the freezer and we’ll see what happens. I am thinking that more modern blenders have MUCH bigger containers!!! It is awfully darn good, though.

  5. Omg….I was just looking for a recipe this week…I found 8 packages of Serendipity frozen hot chocolate in the back of my pantry that had expired…I was heart broken and I guess when I moved in my new house some how they got buried. I hope this is the recipe I was looking for, and Thank you in advance….btw your children are precious!

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