There are a few things better than a cup of hot chocolate by the fire for a chilly night. Still, those heartwarming flavors are not reserved for the cold season; you can enjoy them all-year-round, even on the steamiest summer days. How? By making your own copycat Dunkin’ Donuts frozen hot chocolate.
Let’s say it out loud: there’s still lots of room for innovation in the coffee industry, especially when talking about big chains. Cappuccinos and mochas, they all end up tasting the same after a while, so when Dunkin’ announced its frozen hot chocolate, I was more than excited. After trying it a few times, I knew it was time to make my own at home. Here’s all you need to know about it.
Hot chocolate is much more than chocolate milk; it’s spicy, rustic, and very chocolatey; that’s because you need to use authentic chocolate and not just chocolate powder or syrup. Let me tell you, working with chocolate is tons of fun. When melted, the shiny, silken, and smooth chocolate is incredibly sexy, and watching it become a delicious frozen drink is super satisfying.
So, it all starts with baker’s chocolate, which is what chocolatiers use to craft artisan truffles and other treats. You’ll find white, semi-sweet and dark varieties, and although you can’t go wrong with either, for our Dunkin copycat version, I prefer the semi-sweet milk chocolate version. Of course, pick yours.
To give our drink that rustic and homey feel, we’re adding some extra sweetness with brown, raw sugar. Together with a pinch of cinnamon powder, you really get that hot chocolate feel. Other than that, you only need your preferred milk, ice, and whipped cream because, why not?
Sprinkle cinnamon powder over your frozen chocolate and enjoy that comfy feeling; this one is basically a hug in a cup!
Crush the chocolate into small chunks in the microwave, melt the chocolate with ten-second pulses until smooth.
Add the chocolate powder, sugar and cinnamon powder to the hot chocolate and mix well.
Slowly add the milk while whisking until fully incorporated.
Let the chocolate mixture cool down.
In a blender, add the ice and the chocolate mixture. Blend until smooth.
Serve and optionally garnish with whipped cream and chocolate bits.