The Hunger Games: Heart of Ice Frozen Hot Chocolate

A review of Heart of Ice Frozen Hot Chocolate from the Unofficial Hunger Games cookbook

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Heart of Ice Frozen Hot Chocolate

“‘They call it hot chocolate,’ says Peeta,’It’s good.'” – The Hunger Games, Chapter 4

This puts a frozen spin on the hot chocolate Peeta drinks on the train to the Capitol.

I’ve only had frozen hot chocolate once before, at Serendipity 3 in New York City.  It was amazing though, so I was looking forward to trying this recipe and seeing how it compares!

20180520_180428The steps were pretty straight forward and simple.

First, I carefully melted the chocolate over the stove.  This is the most tricky part, as it’s very easy to accidentally burn chocolate over the stove, especially without any added liquid.  I recommend doing this with a double boiler if you can, since that will significantly reduce the risk of burning your chocolate.

Once the chocolate is melted, it’s mixed with vanilla, hot chocolate mix, sugar, and a little bit of half-and-half until smooth and thoroughly combined.20180520_180646

In the blender I added ice, more half-and-half, and the cooled chocolate liquid.  And then it was all blended together and poured into cups.  Supposedly this recipe only makes 1 serving, but we had enough for two tall glasses!

The drinks were topped with whipped cream and chocolate chips, and then they were finally ready to enjoy!

And the recipe does indeed compare with the Serendipity Frozen Hot Chocolate!  This is so good!!!

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Taste: 10/10

We have a keeper!  The frozen hot chocolate tastes kind of like a milkshake, but without the creamy consistency.  It’s very rich, and very chocolatey!

20180520_181031Difficulty: Average

The only somewhat-challenging part here is making the chocolate syrup, as you’ll need to stir consistently and heat slowly in order to not burn the chocolate.

Cost: Average

You will likely need to purchase semi-sweet chocolate and half-and-half.  You may need to also add hot chocolate mix and whipped cream to your shopping list.

Suggestion:

I would recommend melting the chocolate using a double boiler if you have it.  Alternatively you can also mix in 1/4 cup of the half-and-half while melting the chocolate to prevent it from clumping together and burning, but remember to stir consistently and to only add 1/4 cup instead of a 1/2 cup of the half-and-half in the next step!

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