Chill Out with Frosty Chocolate Beverages
The Test Kitchen will often have 50 to 100 pounds of chocolate around at any given time. Unsweetened, bittersweet, semisweet, milk, white and occasionally some gianduja. Most is bulk, some are chips and our scale gets a work out. Most of the chocolate gets melted or chunked and incorporated into cookies, bars, cakes, candies, pies and puddings and I realized that we hadn’t created any cold chocolate beverages. Hot chocolate is an obvious chocolate drink, but I grew up in NYC drinking Serendipity’s Frozen Hot Chocolate and I thought, it’s summer! We need some frosty chocolate beverages! So, for your enjoyment, check out this great Chilly Chocolate Beverage Roundup. You will be sipping and slurping these for the next three months at least.
Lisa Menichello Huff has tons of beverage recipes on her SnappyGourmet blog but we were particularly taken with her Adult Strawberry Frozen Hot Chocolate as seen in our main image above.
We love the combination of cherry and chocolate and Becky Gail Hardin from The Cookie Rookie has created Chocolate Covered Cherry Sangria, seen above, with a nice kick of chocolate vodka blended together with black cherry juice and red wine.
Why go to the local coffeehouse and spend your hard earned bucks when you can make a Skinny Mocha Frappe at home? Miriam Pascal of shows us how. Save money and calories while quenching your thirst. We like to make this one with soy milk and good old cane sugar. Use tall glasses as show above and add a nice fat straw.
Cold chocolate beverages can be great for breakfast and lunch, if they have a good nutritional profile. This Chocolate Banana Funky Monkey Smoothie above fits the bill from Brianne Izzo and her Cupcakes & Kale Chips blog. .
Hopefully you checked out The Soda Fountain book, that we love so much, in which case you know all about the classic New York Egg Cream. Here, Amy Kritzer shows us how to make our own chocolate syrup for her take on the classic at whatjewannaeat.com, shown above.
Frozen bananas add body to Lisa Longley’s Skinny Mexican Hot Chocolate. Add as much cayenne as you like.
How about mocha? That combo of chocolate and coffee? All it takes is 4 ingredients to make these Chocolate Kahlua Floats from Joan Hayes’ Chocolate Chocolate And More blog.
Chocolate and peanut butter are a classic combo, here shown above as a frosty, drinkable Frozen Peanut Butter Mocha from Stephanie Brubaker‘s Back for Seconds blog.
If you want to start with a mix we are partial to the tins (seen above) of MarieBelle chocolate, which come in Aztec, Spicy and also a Cardamom flavor.
You melt the chocolate shavings, then blend with ice for a sophisticated cool, frosty drink. Served with a long spoon, you will get every last indulgent drop.
And last but not least Bakepedia’s version of a kid-friendly Frozen Hot Chocolate seen above. This is my version of the Serendipity classic. It was, and still is, served in a giant coupe style glass at the NYC restaurant, for for more than one person, with wide, long straws and a spoon. Look for our vegan version coming soon.