Back in 2001 when Chad and I saw the movie Serendipity, I wished for two things-to see New York City at Christmastime and to have a frozen hot chocolate from the Serendipity III restaurant there. I have now seen the Big Apple aglow with holiday lights, but in all my trips to the City I’ve never made it to Serendipity III.
Serendipity’s frozen hot chocolate was made famous the world over when the movie came out as it not only shared the title, but the hero and heroine indulged in the sweet drink themselves in the movie’s most loved scene. Since then it’s recipe has been made and re-made so that everyone could enjoy the delicious irony of a frozen hot chocolate in the comfort of their very own home.
I have to admit that I’ve wondered why it’s “frozen hot chocolate”, I mean, doesn’t the very fact that it’s frozen mean it isn’t hot, therefore making it not hot chocolate at all? I quickly stifled that thought though because the pure whimsy of this treat makes it virtually irresistible and tends to give you enough brain freeze that you don’t philosophize too much anyway.
I’ve seen many versions of this drink around, and I felt it would be next to impossible to create a version that is much like the original considering I haven’t tried it myself, so I set out to make a quick and easy version that utilizes mostly pantry ingredients.
Most versions of this you will see contains powdered hot chocolate. The Nutella spread I use in my version will give it a hazelnut flavor and I do find it to be pretty strong. If you don’t like Nutella or you are turned off by the nutty aftertaste, you can certainly sub 2 packets of your favorite hot chocolate mix. I just thought since Nutella seems to be all the rage these days, that I’ve give it a try to see how it worked. If you think Nutella is the bomb, you will love this.
I used homemade chantilly cream (flavored whipped cream), and swapped out the typical chocolate shavings for rainbow sprinkles. I thought that would give the drink a summery flare. You can certainly break out a can of whipped cream and use whatever topping you like on this.
I hope you find this icy treat to be just the bit of serendipity you need this summer. Enjoy!