Frozen Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate



Trips to New York City have become scarce over the years.  Maybe non-existent is a better description. 

I don’t have family, friends or business in New York.  All past trips have been purely hedonistic, with food always at the top of my list.

I visit all the tourist traps.  I can’t help it.  I am a tourist when I’m there, a downtown poser in every sense of the word.  Every trip has consisted of visits to the Empire State Building, Tavern on the Green, a carriage ride through Central Park and Serendipity 3.

Serendipity 3 reminds of a place you would celebrate your sweet sixteen.  A glorified malt shop with faux Tiffany lamps, long lines, marginal service and so-so food.  However, they won’t let you make a reservation for just dessert…you have to eat a meal.  So we would eat….just to get dessert.

There is only one reason I patronized Serendipity 3…for the Frozen Hot Chocolate.  It’s out of this world. 

Served in a very large bowl-dish-mug thingy with a straw or two…it’s over the top delicious.  Thoughts of this amazing dessert-drink have crossed my mind over the years so imagine my excitement when I came across Serendipity 3’s recipe for Frozen Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate.
 
Try not to think too hard about how contradictory the words “frozen hot chocolate” sound…just embrace it. 

These pictures almost appear pudding-like but trust me, you can put a straw right in and slurp it up. 

The best part of this recipe remains that the peanut butter is not a wimpy background flavor.  It’s right there, partnering with the chocolate, in full-fledged peanut buttery goodness.  It’s sublime. 

You have to make this…


Here’s what you will need:  Milk chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, semisweet chocolate, granulated sugar, unsweetened cocoa, whole milk, whipping cream and peanut butter.  Ingredients not shown:  Ice


Place 6-1/2 ounces of assorted chocolate in a medium metal bowl.  Set bowl over saucepan of simmering water; stir until melted and smooth.


Add 3 Tablespoons sugar and 1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder to the melted chocolate.  Stir to blend.  Gradually whisk in 1/2 cup milk until a smooth mixture is achieved.  Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.


With an electric mix, beat 1/2 cup chilled whipping cream until peaks form.


Place remaining 1 cup milk, chocolate mixture, 3 Tablespoons peanut butter and 3 cups ice cubes in a blender.  Make sure to add the ice to the blender last so it doesn’t lock up the blades.


Divide between two large glasses and top with whipped cream.  Sprinkle with crushed chocolate espresso beans or chocolate shavings.


You have to try this, you just have to.


Make sure to keep the bowl of extra whipped cream handy.


You never know when you are going to need more!

Frozen Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate
Adapted from Serendipity 3

6-1/2 ounces good quality milk chocolate, bittersweet chocolate and semisweet chocolate
3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1-1/2 cups whole milk, divided
1/2 cup chilled whipping cream
3 Tablespoons peanut butter
3 cups ice cubes
Chocolate shaving or crushed chocolate covered espresso beans for garnish

Place assorted chocolate in a medium metal bowl.  Set bowl over saucepan of simmering water; stir until melted and smooth.

Add sugar and cocoa powder to the melted chocolate.  Stir to blend.  Gradually whisk in milk until a smooth mixture is achieved.  Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

With an electric mix, beat chilled whipping cream until peaks form.

Place remaining 1 cup milk, chocolate mixture, peanut butter and ice cubes in a blender.  Make sure to add the ice to the blender last so it doesn’t lock up the blades.

Divide between two large glasses and top with whipped cream.  Sprinkle with crushed chocolate espresso beans or chocolate shavings.

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82 Comments

  1. Mrs. L 1

    Wow. Just Wow. You’re right, I have to make this!

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  2. Flea 2

    Oh YUM. I’ve just linked to this. It looks FABOO.

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  3. Have I ever told you that waking up and reading your blog first thing in the morning really puts me in the best mood ever!!!

    You went after my heart with this one! Ohhhh, the seredipity of it all.

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  4. Laura 4

    I saw this on Oprah (shhh yes I watch Oprah) and I haven’t been able to remember the name of the place.
    We go to NY about once a year.
    I think I know where I taking my husband for dessert on our next trip.
    I am saving this recipe too!
    Yum.

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  5. Rosa 5

    Oh my! There is nothing better then the combination of peanut butter and chocolate! My mom used to make us peanut butter and Nutella sandwiches. Mmmmm … the memories. :-)

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  6. Amber 6

    I am up for work in a bit. If I were awake enough I could make this, but I would probably forget the lid to the blender or sugar or something. Zzzzzzz. I am so glad you are posting this recipe, there is a bakery here who makes a version, but something is lacking even though I have never been to Serendipity. Now that I read your ingredients it looks like a few things are lacking.

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  7. ellyn 8

    Flea sent me over to check your chocolate dessert. That looks so yummy. I will be trying it very soon.

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  8. You said that “purely hedonistic” statement like it was a bad thing. I’m right there with you. LOL Planning a trip to NYC in November and I’ll be doing all the same things you do and loving every moment of it. Tourism supports the city, you know? :-)

    I remember seeing the frozen hot chocolate on Oprah, too. I wanted it then, but didn’t get to try it. I like the idea of this peanut butter version. Oh my. Serendipity … indeed.

    Shirley

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  9. Barbie with a T 10

    Truly a chocolate lover’s delight! And the peanut butter adds just the right touch. Your photos are fantabulous. How many of those did you eat??

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  10. Oh, you are wonderful. I was ecstatic a few years back when I found a Frozen Hot Chocolate mix from Serendipity, but it sucked!! This on the other hand, looks wrthy of the name. Can’t wait to try it!!!

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  11. Oh chocolate coma, come to Tami……I so have to make this on a day off, so I can sit in private with my pants unbuttoned-or just wear sweat pants and no one will be the wiser!

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  12. dawn 13

    Ohhhhh my goodness Cath, you are simply wonderful. I am so trying this. Everytime we go to nyc we always forget going there and regret it once we’re home.

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  13. Leslie 14

    Looks evil. I ran across some Serendipity Frozen Hot Chocolate mix at Home Goods and ran home and made it…delish!

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  14. yum! i was in the city yesterday…i took my 17-year-old cousin to peanut butter & co, a restaurant in the village that serves up ONLY peanut butter sandwiches (and variations thereof). i had the ‘lunchbox classic’ and she had pb & chocolate chips with reeses pieces.

    then we walked up to ‘abracadabra’, a magic and costume shop because my cousin is an aspiring magician. she spent 2 happy hours getting tips from the pros and i bought her a bunch of tricks for her birthday. :)

    seriously, though…for a foodie like you, you should break out of the ‘tavern on the green’ box. there are so many restaurants better than that. :)

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  15. Steph 16

    Wow, that looks delicious! It reminds me of the movie, which I watched so many times. I would love to try one of these. Yummy!

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  16. YOU are so the best!! This is perfect. Everything you make is just wonderful.

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  17. Donald 18

    Cathy this is pure decadence!

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  18. Wow, I don’t eat a lot of sweets, but this is really tempting. Love the chocolate – peanut butter combo. Guess I better get the blender out of the cupboard.

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  19. So it’s low cal?

    This looks like one of those things where you don’t worry about how many laps on the track to remove it from your behind!

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  20. Erin 21

    My husband saw me checking out your blog and asked if I was checking out a little food porn before church on Sunday morning. LOL. It made me laugh so I thought you might get a kick out of it too. Honestly, the fact that he thought anything with whipped cream on it would qualify as food porn is a testament to how yummy that looks. :)

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  21. Kate 22

    OMG, you have Scharffenberger? Awesome. This looks sublime!

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  22. Melynda 23

    YUM! Chocolate and peanut butter can not be beat.

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  23. Frozen hot chocolate is such a cleaver name! And I really believe you when you say it’s delcious, it really right up my alley!

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  24. Katrina 25

    I was in NYC for the first time ever two times last year and didn’t make it to Serendipity. What was I thinking?!! I knew about the frozen hot chocolate. My mind was on getting to all the chocolate chip cookie places, which I did. I’m SO glad to have this recipe, because like you, I don’t know when I’ll ever got to get to NYC again! Awesome!

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  25. Wow! This is totally on my menu today.

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  26. When were you in NYC? and you didn’t call me?

    Serendipity was the place we all went for our Sweet 16 parties many moons ago!
    Yummy stuff!

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  27. Rindy R 28

    This looks like sin in a glass if ever I saw it! Heaven knows I’m a sinner and I know I would enjoy every last drop of those! How delectable!

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  28. That the one thing we didn’t do while we were in NY that I wish we had. But, thanks to you, I can make myself one of these at home. Thanks!

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  29. Eldest daughter will be home soon for spring break (yayyyyy she decided to NOT go to FL!)and we are going to make this together. I don’t care for peanut butter at all, but peanut butter and chocolate are her two favourite things and I know she’ll love this! Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

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  30. uuuuuuuuu, salivating…not pretty.

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  31. That looks SO delicious!

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  32. This looks amazing, and I don’t even like chocolate!!! All of your recipes look so good. I’m going to have to try a few.

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  33. I’ve made this– wonderful stuff!

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  34. Julie 35

    Sounds just heavenly.

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  35. I’ll just have to make this right now! I have all the ingredients and it sounds absolutely heavenly!

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  36. Elyse 37

    This sounds like pure bliss in a cup. I mean, PB and chocolate, melded together, and slurped through a straw? What isn’t amazing about this? Oh man, I could use one of these right now.

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  37. megan 38

    This one is bookmarked. I’ll make it for the kids on a nice warm day!

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  38. I have heard of this place and their famous frozen hot chocolate! I am going to have to try it, looks divine!

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  39. What a wonderful idea – I LOVE that recipe ! Can’t wait to make it :)

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  40. Alisa 41

    I’m beginning to see through you. You are not opening a winery. You are opening a Jeans Boutique for fat ladies. I have caught on to your evil plot, but I still love you. Can I get mine in a size XL?

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  41. This really looks great – Hubby and I went to NY and the wait to get in to the restaurant was a couple hours so we decided to go someplace else – i am so glad that you recreated this so now I can make this at home!!

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  42. How delish! just touristed out in NYC last week at Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty – there is no other way to go!

    –Marc

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  43. Jordan 44

    Beautiful!!

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  44. Well you have me in Connecticut, and we could take the train in for some treats;)

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  45. pam 46

    Okay, you’ve convinced me.

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  46. That looks delicious!

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  47. Stunning! Beautiful pics.

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  48. Memoria 49

    Ever since I heard about the rodent infestation at Serendipity, I decided not to ever go to that place. I still remained curious about the frozen hot chocolate. I’m so glad you posted this recipe. Now I don’t ever have to go! YUM!

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  49. I don’t blame you for doing the touristy stuff in NY. It’s there to be seen. It’s like when I made my first trip to London a few years ago on business where I spent all of my free time browsing the major sites and museums. I came back and a far-more well-traveled friend heard about it she said, “Why didn’t you tell me you were going? I would have told you all kinds of cool places where the tourists never go.” I said, “But I wanted to go where the toursts go. They go there for a reason!”

    I haven’t had a frozen hot chocolate since high school. It was the night of my senior prom actually where we went to Serendipity for a post-prom snack. You have me missing them now. Maybe I need to make another late night/early morning trip. If I really have a craving, there is a chocolate store down the street from me that does a reasonably good facsimilie.

    Or I could just make my own, as you have instructed here.

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  50. Keep on making this sucker at home, but please don’t venture back to Serendipity! I’ll let this explain it… link to wirednewyork.com. Yuk!

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  51. melissa 52

    Nothing any better than chocolate, peanut butter and whipped cream! I’m in heaven with this one.
    We’re bracing for another Noreaster this sounds like something to make as the flakes come down.

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  52. Biz 53

    Um, I believe this is definitely insulin worthy!!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  53. Noble Pig 54

    Oh geez, thank goodness I haven’t been back!  Ack.  And now with this recipe I never need to.

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  54. HoneyB 55

    um, you come to NYS (I do not live anywhere near the city! lol) near the St. Lawrence Seaway (near Alexandria Bay) and Grumpy and I will feed you a feast!

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  55. dawn 56

    Oh wow, it has been years since I went to Serendipity 3 and had one of these. The lines are so long! But I will make this at home as it is one of the best tasting concoctions I have ever had.

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  56. So many delicious peanut dishes, and too allergic to enjoy them! This sounds so perfect, it makes me sad (but lucky you!!!)

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  57. This looks great. I’ve always wanted to try Serendipity 3, but I tried to go last year and they were shut down by the health department for some pretty serious violations. Haven’t attempted to go again since they’ve reopened.

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  58. Yum – peanut butter and chocolate are two of my most favorite ingredients!

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  59. Linda 60

    I will gladly skip calories all day long just to have this.

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  60. Bob 61

    Uhm, wow. I want that right now. Not later, not soon, NOW.

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  61. Laura 62

    Wow I want someone to make me one of those right now. I could use some pampering and those seriously say pamper to me.

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  62. Laurie 63

    This looks so amazing I could cry! Your photos sure do it justice.

    I’ve never been to NYC, but it’s on my list. Although, now I won’t have to eat at Serendipity just to get dessert because now I can make my own.

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  63. Rebel 64

    This looks sinful! You are a wicked, wicked woman! I am so tryin’ to kick sugar for a while and you’re not makin’ it easy with recipes like this one.LOL

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  64. Louise 65

    New rule: when creating a post like this, have a supply ready to ship straight to my house! This looks amazing!

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  65. Pam 66

    I heard about the hot chocolate on Oprah. Yours looks so rich, creamy and irresistible.

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  66. Pearl 67

    Wow! You are so talented! Do you mind if I add you to my blogroll? I love your blog

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  67. Speechless, my tummy is rumbling! That looks amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  68. These are so yummy looking. I have yet to make this famous drink. Today would be a good day to fix that!

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  69. MsMVNJ 70

    OMG – Yum…no other words will suffice!

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  70. grace 71

    are you kidding me? this is completely enticing and would probably make me weak in the knees. amazing. i only ever heard about this place after watching the movie of the same name–loved the movie, love your recipe. :)

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  71. Wow. Totally amazing to look at and I bet just as awesome to eat.
    link to oneordinaryday.wordpress.com

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  72. Chuck 73

    OMG! How delicious is that. Not only could I eat it, but I think I would bath in it too. It looks that good lol.

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  73. Brian 74

    This looks incredible. It has everything I need in a dessert; chocolate, peanut butter, and whipped cream. Thanks for sharing, I can’t wait to try it.

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  74. imom 75

    My heart is crying out for this, but my head says “no way”. Damn milk allergy!

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  75. vanessa 76

    Serendipity… I should probably go there.. I’ve heard about that Frozen Hot Chocolate quite a few times :) The one you made looks looks delicious!

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  76. Cathy 77

    My hero!! Of course my thighs don’t like my hero!!

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  77. I make my husband go with me to Serendipity when we’re in New York – he’s not quite as into the frozen hot chocolate as I am but he still enjoys the place.

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  78. Brian 79

    I just made this dessert tonight. It is incredible. Thank you for sharing.

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