Who says hot chocolate is only for the wintertime? With this Frozen Hot Chocolate recipe you can enjoy the beloved drink on even the hottest days! Milk, hot cocoa mix, sugar, and ice are blended up to make an ice-cold hot chocolate smoothie that’s ready in less than 10 minutes.

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Frozen Hot Chocolate Smoothie

I get so excited for summertime. Are you the same way? I am not a big winter fan, I am always so ready for the warmer months when they come around (I guess I live in the wrong part of the county!)

But, one thing that I do love about winter is hot cocoa. It’s one of my favorite things about the cold months of the year. Especially when I make my specialty Hot Chocolate Bombs.

I was thinking about this and had an idea… what if I just turned hot chocolate into a cold drink?! Wahlah! This Frozen Hot Chocolate recipe was born. It’s super easy to make and is quickly put together in less than 10 minutes. It’s absolutely delicious and makes for the perfect way to enjoy hot cocoa on a hot, sunny, summer day!

Why We Love This Recipe

  • Ready in less than 10 minutes
  • Only 5 ingredients 
  • Can be frozen and saved for later
  • Refreshing, cool summertime snack
  • Perfect way to enjoy hot chocolate on a hot day
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Ingredients/Shopping List

  • 3½ cups ice cubes
  • 3 cups sweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2½ (0.71 ounce) packets hot cocoa mix
  • ¼ cup chocolate syrup plus more for decorating
  • 2 tbsp granulated white sugar
  • Optional garnishes: Whipped topping, chocolate shavings, additional chocolate syrup


How to Make This Frozen Hot Chocolate Recipe

This simple chocolatey treat has only two steps in the instructions. You will be enjoying this delicious drink in less than 10 minutes time!

Place ice, milk, hot cocoa mix, chocolate syrup, and sugar into the blender.

Place ice, milk, hot cocoa mix, chocolate syrup, and sugar into the blender.

Blend until smooth.

blend until smooth

Pour into a glass and garnish with your favorite toppings!

pouring frozen hot chocolate into a glass

Variations / Options / Add-ins

  • SWEETENED VANILLA ALMOND MILK: You can also use sweetened coconut milk too. Any sort of milk with some extra sweetener makes this drink extra delicious. Regular whole or 2% milk also works. 
  • HOT COCOA MIX: I would advise getting the hot cocoa mix that doesn’t have any marshmallows or anything extra inside them, as those won’t dissolve in a cold drink. Although I used a plain hot chocolate mix, feel free to use your favorite type of hot chocolate flavorings for this. 
  • GRANULATED WHITE SUGAR: You can use brown sugar or another type of sweetener instead. 
  • CHOCOLATE SYRUP: Use your favorite type of chocolate syrup. Or, you can try this with some caramel syrup instead. I love caramel with chocolate. 
  • COOL WHIP: This is totally optional as a garnish and any whipped topping will do. If you want to make homemade whipped cream, check out our homemade recipe!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I store this Frozen Hot Chocolate?

You can store this in the refrigerator for a few hours before needing to drink it, otherwise the consistency will change too much. You can also freeze this and use it for a yummy popsicle cold treat later. This is best when fresh. 

How do I make chocolate shavings?

Chocolate shavings can be a bit tricky. You will need a potato peeler and a long, cold piece of chocolate bar. Using the potato peeler, and with a decent amount of pressure, peel alongside the long side of the bar, pushing away from you. It might take a littler practice, but eventually you should be able to get little swirls of chocolate shavings. 
You can use a baking bar, or even just a Hershey’s chocolate bar

frozen hot chocolate in a glass

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5 from 3 votes
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Frozen Hot Chocolate

Serves — 4
You can enjoy this hot chocolate recipe even the hottest days! Milk, hot cocoa, sugar, and ice are blended up to make an ice cold hot chocolate smoothie that’s ready in less than 10 minutes.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes


  • cups ice cubes
  • 3 cups sweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 0.71 ounce packets hot cocoa mix (a little over ⅓ cup measured)
  • ¼ cup chocolate syrup plus more for decorating
  • 2 tbsp granulated white sugar
  • Optional garnishes: Whipped topping, chocolate shavings, additional chocolate syrup


  • Place the ice cubes, sweetened vanilla almond milk, hot cocoa mix, chocolate syrup, and granulated white sugar into a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Pour into a glass cup and top with a whipped topping (optional).
  • Use the chocolate bar and a peeler to create chocolate shavings to top the whipped cream. Serve cold.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 273mg | Potassium: 42mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 235mg | Iron: 1mg

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