It’s never a bad time for hot chocolate. That is, unless you’re just really not in the mood for a hot drink – that’s when I whip up a delicious iced hot chocolate. It sounds pretty obvious (that’s basically chocolate milk, right?) but this recipe is unusually delicious and equally suited for adults and kids.
I love this iced hot chocolate recipe in both the summer and winter. Sometimes, for whatever reason, I just want an ice cold drink, but that doesn’t mean I can’t add some chocolate!
This iced hot chocolate recipe can be made with regular milk or vegan. Scroll down to that specific subheading (vegan vs. regular) to read more about how I make the swap for this cold hot chocolate recipe.
If you’re looking for a refreshing yet tasty treat, give this iced hot chocolate a try! It’s a super simple recipe that’s insanely delicious.
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Iced Hot Chocolate vs. Chocolate Milk
Is there any difference at all? Obviously, iced hot chocolate looks super similar to chocolate milk, but I like to think of iced hot chocolate as a nicer version of chocolate milk for adults (although everyone loves it). It’s something that guests will enjoy and is a little more decadent.
In my mind, the two main differences are the quality of ingredients used and the addition of Agave.
I find that Agave is a wonderfully high-end sweetener that you can literally buy on Amazon. It adds a smooth, beautiful flavor that creates an exquisite drink.
I purchase my Agave sweetener here on Amazon.
Iced Hot Chocolate vs. Frozen Hot Chocolate
The difference may be a little clearer here, but I’ve actually had a few questions on this, so I’ll state that this is not a frozen hot chocolate recipe simply because it’s not actually frozen, but it is still super delicious!
If you did want to turn this recipe into a frozen hot chocolate, you could easily throw these exact ingredients in a blender with a few cups of ice. I’ve tried it a few times and it’s an absolutely delicious frozen hot chocolate recipe exactly as-is!
Vegan vs. Regular
I’m a huge fan of all things vegan since I try to eat plant-based during the week.
Because this recipe is so simple, it’s really easy to switch it up. Just swap out the milk for your vegan milk of choice (I prefer coconut or almond: coconut is creamier and sweeter while almond is lighter and closer to skim milk) and pick up a vegan/coconut whipped cream.
Most cocoa powders are vegan, so those are likely the only two substitutions you’ll need to make. Most people won’t even notice the difference!
Iced Hot Chocolate Ingredients
This recipe is super easy. It takes less than 5 minutes to make and requires only 4 ingredients, one of which is whipped cream.
It’s also very similar to the Starbucks iced hot chocolate and Dunkin Donuts iced hot chocolate recipes. While this recipe is very simple, I consider it slightly more upscale than either of those due to the cocoa powder and Agave blend.
All of the ingredients included in this iced hot chocolate recipe typically store really well. I’ll buy a set of ingredients once every four months or so and make it whenever the mood strikes me.
- 6 cups of milk (skim, almond, or coconut)
- 8 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 5 teaspoons agave (I find this to be medium sweet, but add more if you like it super sweet)
- Whipped cream
- Combine all ingredients in a pitcher over ice.
- Stir until the cocoa powder is thoroughly mixed; top with whipped cream and sprinkle with cocoa powder. Serve over ice and enjoy!
Where to Find These Glasses
I get so many questions about the glassware that I use and especially about these specific glasses. They’re very delicate, but are pretty price-friendly and are really really gorgeous!
I’ve used these glasses for many different cocktail and coffee recipes. Guests always love them and I find that they add a really elegant touch to any drink recipe because of how thin they are!
Keep in mind that they do break pretty easily. I recommend hand washing these glasses and buying extra if possible. I’ve already cracked a few and I’m super careful with my glassware.
Here are the glasses that I own from Crate and Barrel. At the time of writing this post, they’re on sale and are only $3.50 a glass!
I also found this set from Kohl’s for a great price. They’ll probably hold up a bit better (they’re slightly thicker) if you’re looking for durability.
These red and white straws are my favorites: they’re super fun and festive but are also environmentally friendly!
I purchase these on Amazon (of course). I’ve used them for so many drinks and find that kids and adults alike love them!
I hope you love this delicious ice cold hot chocolate recipe as much as I do!