If you’re living on the northern half of the globe, like me, you probably wonder why I am posting a recipe for ‘Frozen’ Hot Chocolate in the middle of winter. With freezing temperatures (for me, that’s basically anything below 20°C/68F), I’d rather curl up in a cozy blanket and warm up with a nice cup of tea. But, I’ll gladly make an exception for this! And I can still curl up in a cozy blanket, right?
So, what made me think of this Frozen Hot Chocolate? Well, let me first tell you about this fun new challenge, that invites bloggers and non-bloggers to participate in a weekly link-party and connect with people from all over the world. It’s called Crea-Cross 2017 and the master mind behind this challenge is Ilse, the owner of the personal and creative blog Kreanimo. Ilse has been following many creative bloggers, like herself, and noticed that all were ‘operating’ mainly within their own niche.
With her naturally inquisitive mind and fondness of anything creative, she came up with the idea to ‘connect’ all sorts of crafts and the creative souls behind them, in a fun and challenging way. Ilse explains everything in detail on her blog (in both English and Dutch). But in short, the challenge consists of 52 prompts. Every week, there is a new prompt and Ilse, and at least one or two other bloggers assigned to that week’s challenge, will share a post that involves that prompt in one way or the other. There will be a link-up in Ilse’s post and in the post of the assisting bloggers, where other bloggers and non-bloggers can share their interpretation of that week’s prompt. Last week was the kick-off and already several bloggers shared their own take on that week’s challenge. It’s so funny to see that everyone interprets the prompt in their own way.
Now what is a food blogger doing there? Well, creativeness comes in many shapes and sizes. At first, I also thought about crafts, like scrapping, crocheting, painting etc. But cooking and baking is a creative craft as well. Think about it: ‘kitchen crafts’, ‘the art of cooking’… So, I accepted the challenge. My ‘official’ turn where I’ll be Ilse’s side kick, is in week 23, but I decided that I want to try to participate other weeks as well. As it turned out, Ilse needed another blogger to assist in this week’s challenge, so you will also find the link-up at the bottom of the page. So please feel free to share your creations!
And this week’s prompt is: ‘Frozen’.
Yep, an Elsa-cake was actually the first thing that popped into my mind. Obviously. Uhm, maybe not. Not sure my boys would be very impressed if I baked them a very girly cake.
Then we got hit by a cold weather front last weekend, turning the streets into a skating rink. It was actually quite dangerous to go outside. Even walking the dog was a hazardous venture. And as freezing temperatures call for warm comfort food, that was the course I was taking. The obvious first choice for the challenge: a comforting dish when the world outside is literally ’frozen’.
But… when I was searching through my notebook (not the laptop, but an actual book where I write down recipes, make notes, scribble down brainstorm bits and pieces), I came across this recipe from last year: Frozen Hot Chocolate. That’s when the craving hit. And I thought: the hell with the cold, I’ll go for this recipe. And here it is:
Frozen Hot Chocolate
- 250 ml milk*
- 50-60 g dark chocolate (85%)**
- sugar or sweetener to taste
- 12 ice cubes***
- whipped cream and chocolate shavings for garnish
Heat the milk with the chocolate on medium high heat until chocolate has melted.
Add sugar or sweetener to taste.
Let cool completely.
Pour cooled chocolate milk into a blender and add ice cubes.
Blend until all ice cubes have broken down.
Pour into a tall glass, top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings and... ENJOY!
*I used regular full-fat milk, but you can sub with any other type of milk. Consistency might change though.
**You can use other types of chocolate, but the higher the cocoa %, the deeper the flavor and the lower the sugar content.
***I used my NutriBullet, which is a high power blender. If you use a blender with less power, you might need to crush the ice cubes first.
TIP: try adding different flavorings like vanilla, cinnamon etc.