Sweet serendipity

It’s the middle of November and it’s 76 degrees today.

How insane.

I usually start my day warming up by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate.

In lieu of this day, I opted for the frozen version instead.  Frozen Hot Chocolate is what I started my day with (my trainer recommends hot chocolate as a post-workout boost).

My first encounter with this frozen concoction was just a glimpse.  On one of Oprah’s Favorite Things show she feature this top seller from Serendipity 3,  a famous restaurant located in Upper East Side of Manhattan. I drooled and pledged that I would one day I shall have my fix.

A few years later I made my way to Serendipity 3, braved the  hot summer day and the 45 minute wait.   As I waited I was transported to an enchanted wonderland.  Vintage Tiffany Lamps hung from the ceiling,  marble topped tables were surrounded by white wooden chairs, the walls were “lined with an arrangement of organized, stylized clutter; antique feather dusters, vintage toys, outrageous hats, movie posters, voodoo kits, old glassware.”  This only increased my excitement.

I ordered my Frozen Hot Chocolate and all my expectations had been met.  It was sweet, creamy, chocolatey with a huge dollop of whipped cream.  It was all the essence of hot chocolate had been captured in this cold version.  It was…serendipitous.

Frozen Hot Chocolate

adapted from Sweet Serendipity

3 oz of chocolate pieces

2 tsp hot chocolate mix

1 1/2 tbsp sugar

3 cups ice

whipped cream

chocolate shavings

Chop chocolate into small pieces and place  in top of a double boiler over simmering water.  Stirring occasionally until melted.  Add hot chocolate mix, sugar and stir to blend.  Remove from heat and add 1/2 cup milk; stir until smooth.  Cool.

Place remaining milk, chocolate mixture and ice in a blender and blend until smooth.  Pour into a mug and top with whipped cream and shaved chocolate. (I sprinkled some of the hot cocoa mix on top)

*Quote taken from Sweet Serendipity by Stephen Bruce.



  1. November 10, 2010 / 10:02 am

    I’m drooling. This is tempting.

  2. November 10, 2010 / 1:57 pm

    That sounds amazing ~ perfect for a hot summer day here in Arizona! Right now, though, it’s 45 degrees, so I’m drinking the hot stuff. I am bookmarking the recipe to try next May.

  3. Pingback: Things I'm Feeling
  4. November 11, 2010 / 8:56 am

    Welcome to climate change — kiss your traditional understanding of the seasons and weather goodbye then adjust as you have with this recipe. Thanks for sharing it.

  5. November 11, 2010 / 3:44 pm

    I wish my trainer would recommend hot choc after a workout, or even a frozen one! Love your blog, it’s so fun =)

  6. November 11, 2010 / 4:23 pm

    Oh my this looks sinful.

  7. November 12, 2010 / 11:02 am


  8. November 13, 2010 / 4:50 am

    OOOOO!! Lip smacking!

  9. November 14, 2010 / 7:33 am

    delicious love the whipped cream

  10. November 15, 2010 / 10:58 am

    I have never had frozen hot chocolate before and this looks decadent!! I have a feeling my teenagers would absolutely love this so am going to have whip some up for them!!

  11. November 16, 2010 / 6:47 pm

    I find myself at loss for words. Sigh! How dreamy is this!

  12. seyani your baby
    November 6, 2013 / 2:41 pm

    I love it I miss you and I love you so much

  13. JehanP
    November 15, 2013 / 8:02 pm

    Love you too!

  14. November 12, 2015 / 9:53 am

    Just and FYI, Serendipity 3 is located in Mid-Town Manhattan, not Little Italy which is about 40 or so blocks south.

  15. JehanP
    November 12, 2015 / 4:41 pm

    Lauren, oops thanks for spotting that! Is 60th street midtown? I believe it’s Upper East Side… either way I was wrong lol.