frozen mocha hot chocolates

by jenna on September 12, 2011

There’s a famous restaurant in New York City called Serendipity 3, whose signature dessert is nothing other than “Frrrrrrozen Hot Chocolate”.  When I heard about this in high school I became instantly intrigued and made it a life goal of mine to travel to New York and enjoy one of these brilliant concoctions.What can I say? I really love my dessert.

Well, finally the day came. My mom, my aunt, my best friend and I were traveling to the city for a girls weekend when I was a freshman in college. I had just gotten my wisdom teeth removed and had made the near-fatal mistake of enjoying a plate of Velveeta shells and cheese five hours post-surgery, resulting in infamous “dry sockets”.  I know at least some of you know what I’m talking about here.

….someone? anyone?

Anyway, I swear there’s a point to my story and it’s this: I ended up being so drugged up on painkillers from the dry sockets that I couldn’t enjoy the city and forfeited a trip to Serendipity 3 because of it.

To do this day, I’ve never had my official Frrrozen Hot Chocolate experience. So, I decided to take matters in my own hands and create my own.

Those of you that have actually had the pleasure of dining at Serendipity 3 are probably shouting at your computer screen right now that this is, in no way, really representative of the actual dessert. That’s okay. We can still be friends. I made mine into more of a smoothie so I could rationalize drinking a chocolate shake for breakfast.

As if rationalization is even necessary. Let’s be honest.

I know it’s not necessarily “gourmet” of me, but I really do love the instant hot chocolate mix from Whole Foods. That, coupled with some extra strong espresso powder really make this shake.

Never tried espresso in a smoothie before? My dear, there’s a first time for everything.

You’ll thank me in an hour. No, really.

Enjoy these! They’re a yummy way to get your joint chocolate/caffeine fix for the day. I’ve always been one to multitask.

Frozen Mocha Hot Chocolates

serves 1

Print this recipe!

Ingredients:

1 banana, frozen

3/4 cup milk

1 tbsp hot chocolate mix

1 tsp instant espresso powder

chocolate syrup for serving

Directions:

Place all ingredients (except for chocolate syrup) in blender. Process until smooth. Place in a glass and drizzle with chocolate syrup.

Time:

5 minutes

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Erika - The Teenage Taste September 12, 2011 at 4:24 am

Mmmmm….these look fabulous! Bookmarking!

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Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray September 12, 2011 at 4:42 am

Oh yum! Looks fabulous!

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Anna @ Food Fitness and Frolicking September 12, 2011 at 4:43 am

DELICIOUS looking! This recipe gives me no excuse not to make my own mocha at home, as opposed to spending $4 at starbucks!!

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Stacey September 12, 2011 at 4:47 am

in case you’re wanting to try a frrrozen hot chocolate and can’t make it to NYC… williams sonoma sells the mix from serendipity! they usually have regular and malted- and sometimes the mint :)

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Khushboo September 12, 2011 at 4:49 am

Ohhh I think I need to make this for dessert one of these nights! Does peanut butter syrup exist?? If so, this beverage is begging for some!

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B n B September 12, 2011 at 5:30 am

Try blending in a tbsp. of peanut butter with the ingredients.

Jenna I was wondering if coffee/espresso bother your migraines? I know it’s a common irritant but you said you drink coffee regularly I believe.

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jenna September 12, 2011 at 7:43 am

Nope, it doesn’t! Caffeine actually helps my headaches..but I haven’t had a migraine since last July so I’m on a good streak right now. (must be all the coffee)

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Kathryn September 12, 2011 at 4:51 am

Oh, this looks so good, I seriously can’t wait to try it!

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Kelsey September 12, 2011 at 4:52 am

These look delicious!! And I too have had dry-sockets- worst pain of my life!

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Faith @ For the Health of It September 12, 2011 at 4:54 am

I make a really similar shake whenever I’m in the mood for a Wendy’s frosty – I love milkshakes and frozen drinks, but why pay the ridiculous $$$ and calories when you can make something way more nutritious at home?

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laura September 12, 2011 at 4:56 am

wait, hold on … it’s not frozen?

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laura September 12, 2011 at 4:59 am

it’s also not hot so I guess the name makes more sense now

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Molly @ RDexposed September 12, 2011 at 5:00 am

Eek I had dry sockets, too! Luckily my mom is a dental assistant with a key to the office, so anytime that I needed repacking, off we went. All I ate was mashed poatotes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for 7 days. Could I have had this frozen hot chocolate then instead?

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 12, 2011 at 5:03 am

Oooh I love the chocolate drizzle oozing down the glass! I wish someone would have made this for me when I had my wisdoms taken out!!

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Heather (Heather's Dish) September 12, 2011 at 5:04 am

heaven :)

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Cassie September 12, 2011 at 5:22 am

YUM! This looks delicious!
If you ever make it to Canada, Second Cup (the Canadian-founded equivalent to Starbucks) also serves a frozen hot chocolate…and IT. IS. DIVINE. I literally had to sit down on a bench the first time I tried one ;)

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Cait's Plate September 12, 2011 at 5:33 am

Hahaha – and this is multitasking at it’s absolute best if you ask me!

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Emily @ The Finicky Farmer September 12, 2011 at 5:45 am

Bless you! This smoothie looks so amazing! And because it contains fruit and milk, it’d be perfect for a post-workout snack (but I’ll make mine without the espresso because I do *not* need the caffeine).

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Sally Anne @ PaleoRunnerGirl September 12, 2011 at 5:47 am

I WANT ONE! I NEED ONE!!! Oh my gosh! I have been dying to go to Serendipity ever since I saw it in the movie “Serendipity” with John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale. THANK YOU!!!!!

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katie @KatieDid September 12, 2011 at 5:50 am

So would that be instant coffee or just ground espresso? I reaallllly want to try adding some to smoothies! This looks so refreshing!

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jenna September 12, 2011 at 7:43 am

You could really use either. Instant coffee would be ideal but I used espresso and thought it was fabulous.

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Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef September 12, 2011 at 5:57 am

oh yum! makes my morning :)

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Liz September 12, 2011 at 5:58 am

Well, I didn’t get dry socket with my wisdom teeth removal, but it still sucked! I also had to get a baby tooth pulled at the same time (at 25!) and have the roof of my mouth cut open to expose the adult tooth that never came down… Needless to say, I ate mashed potatoes, homemade pudding and Frosties for about 9 days straight!

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Holly @ The Runny Egg September 12, 2011 at 6:01 am

Great idea using the hot cocoa powder in a smoothie!

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Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove September 12, 2011 at 6:01 am

Oh, this is perfect for a Monday morning!

When I got my wisdom teeth out, I was eating mashed potatoes and cut up hotdogs that night. Apparently feeding myself was more important than pain.

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Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance September 12, 2011 at 6:07 am

This looks great, Jenna– and I love that it’s so versatile!

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Gabby (Quest for Delicious) September 12, 2011 at 6:09 am

There’s a Serendipity 3 here in Vegas too! (In conjunction with Caesar’s Palace.) I’ve never tried the frozen hot chocolate, but I’ve heard the oreo sundae is amazing. (:

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Mer @mersworld September 12, 2011 at 6:19 am

That looks amazing-

True confession, I went to Serendipity in Georgetown (new location) and didn’t really like the frozen hot chocolate… maybe because it wasn’t the NYC original?

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Michelle September 12, 2011 at 9:44 am

It may be… I grew up in NY and went to the one there a bazillion times in high school. I recently went to Vegas and tried that location and was not impressed. It tasted very different!

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Ingrid September 12, 2011 at 6:19 am

i’ve always wanted to go there too. we were supposed to go this summer but never got the chance. now i am going to make one ASAP! thanks!

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karla September 12, 2011 at 6:27 am

I know what I’m making later today…looks delicious. I feel your pain with the dry sockets….it was some of the worst pain I have ever been in and I can totally understand your decision to forfeit a trip to Serendipity 3. Glad those days are behind us!

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen September 12, 2011 at 6:41 am

I’ve been to Serendipity and had that frozen hot chocolate. It looks a little different than this but really, how could this not be delicious? Milk, chocolate, bananas…yum all around! Hope you get back to NYC at some point to try it. The wait is ridiculous for the restaurant but the drink is pretty amazing :)

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Bev Weidner September 12, 2011 at 6:49 am

Is there room in that frozen mocha hot chocolate for my ENTIRE HEAD?

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mrsblocko September 12, 2011 at 6:49 am

I had all 4 of my wisdom teeth removed at the same time. I did everything exactly as the dr. said and I still got 2 dry sockets. (Not to mentioned I had bruising on my face that migrated down my neck as the week progressed.) So don’t feel bad about eating the mac n cheese! Sometimes dry sockets are unavoidable.

P.S. The froz mocha hot chocolate looks scrumptious!

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Barbara September 12, 2011 at 6:50 am

I think the frozen hot chocolate at the Serendipities in NYC are extremely overrated. Yours looks just as good, and I can’t wait to try it !

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Sarah Jane MacMillan September 12, 2011 at 6:53 am

I just froze my bananas….. this looks SO delicious!!!!!

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Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray September 12, 2011 at 6:54 am

1) Dry socket is literally like one of the worst things ever. Ow. I’m so sorry you had to endure that too, back in the day.

2) You know this just means you need to come back to NYC and have the *real* Frrrrrozen Hot Chocolate now, right? It’s a life experience that can’t be missed. (And while you’re at it, order one of their ice cream sundaes too. ;) )

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amy walters, aDESIGNdock September 12, 2011 at 7:03 am

Oh this looks amazing. I think I need one, like RIGHT now.

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Annie September 12, 2011 at 7:16 am

Ugh, dry sockets. I went in for my check up after getting all four wisdom teeth out. The doctor looked in and said “your gums are healing very fast.” I assumed this was a good thing until “skrit!” He sliced my gums back open with no warning! Apparently healing quickly is not a good thing…

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Jennifer September 12, 2011 at 7:24 am

There’s a Serendipity location on the Las Vegas strip, too, if that’s a more manageable destination for you!

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Liz @ IHeartVegetables September 12, 2011 at 7:25 am

I have bananas in the freezer already! AHHH I’m so making this when I get home!

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Jil @ Big City, Lil' Kitchen September 12, 2011 at 7:30 am

Yummm – looks so good!!

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Kim Bee September 12, 2011 at 7:39 am

Wow, totally trying this. I love hot chocolate so this is right up my alley. Great recipe.

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Sweet and Savvy September 12, 2011 at 7:41 am

Wow! I’ve always wanted to go To serendipity… guess I don’t need to!

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LizAshlee September 12, 2011 at 7:43 am

Wow, this looks fantastic…delicious and magical! :)

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R. Chandra September 12, 2011 at 7:43 am

mm mmmm!

hey, wasn’t serendipity’s frozen hot chocolate like, the original frappuccino? hah.

yes, nothing better than a joint chocolate/caffeine fix ;)

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The Cilantropist September 12, 2011 at 7:44 am

Oooo I love this idea – anytime I can get a caffeine and chocolate fix at once is a good time for me. :) And those dry sockets are awful!!!! My sister had a trip to london ruined (at least the start of it) by dry sockets.

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Cat @Breakfast to Bed September 12, 2011 at 7:44 am

I’ve had it, and this looks better.

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Samantha September 12, 2011 at 7:44 am

Serendipity’s frozen hot chocolate is pretty good, however I find that I am disappointed by their food every time I eat there. You’re probably better off making your own anyway. Looks great !

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Carissa @ ChoiceSustenance September 12, 2011 at 7:49 am

When you first talked about your wisdom teeth, I thought you drank it in NY with a straw and popped the stitches. I still rememer the doc saying to make sure not to create suction with a straw. Eeek! I ended up getting an infection over a month later, complete with puffy cheeks all over again. Where was this chocolate drink then?? :-)

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Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather September 12, 2011 at 8:00 am

What better way to start the morning?! A double caffeine wammy of the best kind! This looks outstanding! I hope you eventually get to try your new york dreamy dessert.

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shaffy September 12, 2011 at 8:08 am

yep, i’ve copied this recipe onto a piece of paper and stuck it on the fridge door. and the ingredients and my blender are all laid out prettily on the counter top. so i don’t have an excuse not to make it first thing in the morning. maybe i’ll be kind and make one for the hubster too. heheh…

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Maria September 12, 2011 at 8:13 am

Love your photos! What a treat!

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Kristina September 12, 2011 at 8:16 am

I had dry sockets too – no fun :(

Also just FYI Serendipity has a mix for their Frrrrozen Hot Chocolate – I received a sample in the last Foodzie tasing box, but my sister gave me a whole can once so I know they sell it in larger quantities. … although I’m sure it’s not as delish as your amazing from-scratch version :)

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deva (voracious vorilee) September 12, 2011 at 8:20 am

This looks really good – I love blended coffee drinks. I don’t have instant coffee or espresso powder, but I do have some finely ground coffee in my cabinet. I may have to give this a try!

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VeggieGirl September 12, 2011 at 8:21 am

OHHHHH my goodness – amazing drink.

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Leslie Means @ Her View From Home September 12, 2011 at 8:24 am

Wow – those look good!!! I’ll have to share my mom’s fantastic hot chocolate recipe with you. Trust me – you’ll want to try it! Thanks for the idea!

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Kim @ Eat, Live, and Blog September 12, 2011 at 8:28 am

This look delicious!! Thank you for sharing the recipe! :)

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Lauren @ What Lauren Likes September 12, 2011 at 8:34 am

WOW. This is fantastic!!! LOVE :)

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Rachel @ the Avid Appetite September 12, 2011 at 8:45 am

yes x 100 to the frozen hot chocolate! I love being able to recreate restaurant items in the kitchen…that way you can enjoy it whenever you want! Win-win!

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Teri September 12, 2011 at 8:50 am

That looks and sounds so good! (And I don’t even like espresso.)

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Jessica @ Jess Go Bananas September 12, 2011 at 9:01 am

Frozen chocolates are becoming the new cupcakes! I see them popping up everywhere..and yes, I have had the famous one and yes it is like drinking straight up chocolate :) Yours is better though because it includes coffee ;)

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Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning September 12, 2011 at 9:04 am

Wow. I know what I’m having for dessert tonight!! Do you have a specific brand or flavor of hot chocolate that you like the best? I LOVE any kind made by Dagoba http://www.dagobachocolate.com/products.asp)- especially the xocoatl. I only have the chai in my house right now… think that will work?

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Emmy (wineandbutter) September 12, 2011 at 9:09 am

Those are pretty much my favourite ingredients ever! My nutritionist self may need to sub cocoa powder for the hot chco mix (adding some rapadura) but I think I can see this happenning for some weekend breakfast in the very near future!!
Your photos are awesome tooo!!!!!!! EVen my husband likes your site! xox

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Sarah September 12, 2011 at 9:19 am

Wow, can’t wait to try it out. Although, Vermont is getting chilly! Summer is ending and the nights are getting cold. I might need a hot version.

Also, I like to make this post-run smoothie that sounds very similar to this, but I add a tablespoon of peanut butter. It’s delish!

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Katie September 12, 2011 at 9:31 am

I stayed at Cesar’s in Vegas JUST bc of Serendipity 3 – my goal was to have a frozen hot chocolate, but when I got to the restaurant, I HAD to have the “Can’t Say No” sundae – – ‘humble pie’ (basically super soft peanut butter fudge on top of a graham cracker crust) with coffee and vanilla ice cream, bananas, peanuts, hot fudge, and whipped cream.
It was EPIC.

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Brooke @ Tales of A Bride-To-Be September 12, 2011 at 9:33 am

That looks delish! I too had dry sockets, all 4 wisdom teeth were taken out and I was also on major pain killers and thought I could drink a Diet Coke with a straw. Nope, my mom had me back in the office where they packed the sockets with this awful clove flavored pain strip and it was dreadful. So you’re not alone!

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Raya September 12, 2011 at 9:39 am

I’ve been to Serendipity, and had their frozen hot chocolate-twice. But you shouldn’t be jealous-it’s very good, don’t get me wrong-but I had to wait a very long time both times I’ve gone, which seems silly now that I see I can make it at home! And in other news, I’ve also suffered from dry sockets. I believe mine was due to drinking from a straw immediately after the surgery. After that I suffered through those clove-things they stuff in their (ew) and a lot of pain meds! YUCK!

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Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner September 12, 2011 at 9:39 am

I love your photos.. and this look sooo good! Can’t wait to try it.

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Liz @ Southern Charm September 12, 2011 at 9:42 am

Please have one made for me and send it to me at work. I need it. And want it. Now :)

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Jenn September 12, 2011 at 9:51 am

I’ve looked for instant/powdered espresso a million times and can’t find it:( Where do you get yours? Or what is the substitute?

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jenna September 12, 2011 at 9:53 am

I actually just used ground espresso.. but you can find the instant kind in the coffee/tea section of most grocery stores!

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Lindsay @ biking before bed September 12, 2011 at 9:54 am

Apparently serendipity also has a 1000 dollar sundae that has real edible gold:) I’ll stick to ur frozen mocha until I win the lottery.

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Joey September 12, 2011 at 10:17 am

Come to the Serendipity3 in Vegas. I just tried the frozen hot chocolate last Tuesday & it’s pretty delic :)

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape September 12, 2011 at 10:31 am

Great recipe!! Could you sub in cocoa powder for the hot chocolate mix?

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jenna September 12, 2011 at 10:33 am

you can but then you’d want to also add a little sweetener probably since the hot cocoa mix has sugar in it!

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Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine September 12, 2011 at 10:36 am

Haha what a sad story Jenna!! You must go back one day. I spent a semester in NYC and Serendipity was one of the highlights of my stay. I enjoyed a few frozen peanut butter hot chocolates there and they basically rocked my world. :)

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Morgan September 12, 2011 at 10:39 am

Dry sockets are the WORST. I feel for ya. Does the espresso make this taste coffee-y? I don’t care for anything coffee flavored and would have to omit it if it did. Looks heavenly otherwise.

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Sarah @ Sarah's Modern Bites September 12, 2011 at 10:41 am

Did you know that it is National Chocolate Milkshake day today!? hahaha what a weird coincidence :-D

Girl… dry sockets are the WORST. So very painful. I have sympathy pains for your painful memories.

LOVE the addition of espresso powder in this recipe. It really amps up the flavor of chocolate :)

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Lara @ TresLaLa September 12, 2011 at 10:48 am

I got a blood clot (from the IV) when I got my wisdom teeth out… Not really the same (and it wasn’t serious, thank goodness), but it hurt to hold a beer! Ha!
This looks fantastic. Will definitely try this at home!

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Amanda @ AmandaRunsNY September 12, 2011 at 10:48 am

this is so much healthier than the Serendipity version which I’m sure is made with ice cream and topped with whipped cream and that makes this one so much better because you can eat it for breakfast!

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 12, 2011 at 11:21 am

Jenna this looks great! I love mixing bananas + cocoa powder in the blender. Always makes the day get off to a great start.

I think this is one of my fave photo shoots you’ve EVER DONE!

I LOVE IT!!! (The photographer in me loves the creativity but the neat freak in me is secretly glad it was you and not me cleaning up the drippy chocolate syrup and cocoa/coffee crumbs everywhere) <— But seriously made for AMAZING pics!!! :)

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Andrea September 12, 2011 at 11:25 am

Oh my do I know what you’re talking about. Dry sockets are horrible. I had two of them along with a numb tongue and a locked jaw for about 2 weeks post wisdom teeth. I so could have used some of this frozen hot chocolate about then. Looks great!

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Linda September 12, 2011 at 11:31 am

Hi Jenna,
Where do you get instant espresso powder? do you have one you like?

thx,
linda

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jenna September 12, 2011 at 11:37 am

I used ground espresso for this that I got at a local coffee shop. But…you could just use instant coffee powder, which is widely available at pretty much every grocery store around!

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Hilary September 12, 2011 at 11:37 am

Have you ever seen the movie Serendipity? After I saw that, I knew that someday I had to go there. Your version looks delicious! And dry sockets…I can’t even talk about it.

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Victoria @ The Pursuit of Hippieness September 12, 2011 at 11:56 am

This looks SOOO good! I’ve had it at Serendipity 3, and it’s pretty amazing there too… the only problem with Serendipity is that they don’t take reservations so usually there is a HUGE line and like a 2 hour wait. But it’s definitely a bucket list kinda place!

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Katrina September 12, 2011 at 11:58 am

This drink is all I need right now. To the store!

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Andrea @ Andrea Out Loud! September 12, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Wow that drink looks amazzzzing! Not to mention I love your pictures! :)

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Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen September 12, 2011 at 1:47 pm

The coffee addition just means I can have this for breakfast, right?! RIGHT?!

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Sharona September 12, 2011 at 2:14 pm

No joke , I had the EXACT SAME wisdom tooth experience… I ALSO had shells and cheese ~5 hours after my surgery which resulted in dry sockets (one of the MOST painful things I’ve ever experienced!). In any case, I’ll make the frozen hot chocolate in celebration of our shared awful wisdom tooth drama! Thanks, Jenna!

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Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble September 12, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Yummmm! Looks right up my alley and perfect for breakfast!

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Moni'sMeals September 12, 2011 at 3:06 pm

making this asap, seriously!

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Happy When Not Hungry September 12, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Wow this looks amazing! Will def be trying.

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Kait @ One Love Run September 12, 2011 at 4:19 pm

still looks delicious even if it’s not like the orginial!

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Melissa September 12, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Yes! Dry Sockets are the worst pain I’ve ever experienced. Worse than child birth!! On top of that, I couldn’t tolerate any of the pain meds, so I proceeded to get sick for about 24 hours straight! Anyway, just wanted to say I “felt” your pain :)

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Kelsey @ aslolife September 12, 2011 at 5:46 pm

man, that looks so good! I love making banana and chocolate soymilk smoothies as a snack so this is right up my alley!

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Jenny Borck September 12, 2011 at 7:38 pm

I’m sorry about your tradegy since you were so close to getting your awaited desire! But I’m sure there will be more trips to New York in the future. I’m glad you took matters in your own hand and made created your own. I like anything with mocha in it. So this will come in handy. Thanks.

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Lauren September 12, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Ugh I remember dry sockets all too well…I had all four of my wisdom teeth removed, and subsequently experienced four dry sockets. I still don’t know what I did wrong?!

This concoction looks delicious, by the way!

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Jessica September 12, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Dry sockets were the worst! I had to carry a syringe with me and shoot water into the holes after everything I ate. Talk about embarrassing!

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Heidi - Apples Under My Bed September 13, 2011 at 5:49 pm

yeah, I’ll be making this..
:)
Thanks,
Heidi xo

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KatieG@ Just Roll With It September 15, 2011 at 8:30 am

looks amazing!! i’ve never had dry sockets but i heard they are terrible!!!

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Lindsey September 22, 2011 at 7:21 am

I made these last night for a late night treat. I didn’t have a frozen banana so I used a regular one (is that the proper term!?) and added ice. Delicious!

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JenATX September 29, 2011 at 8:30 am

has anyone told you that you take really great pictures? love the ariel shot with the bananas in it

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Dee March 17, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Do you blend with ice? I don’t see that listed as ingredients

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Jan May 5, 2014 at 8:28 am

Where does one find instant espresso powder? I looked at walmart and Meijers and so far no luck.

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