Frozen Hot Chocolate with Cacao Nib Cream

Frozen Hot Chocolate with Cacao Nib Cream
Steep toasty and fragrant cacao nibs into the cream for topping this frozen chocolate drink.Eva Kolenko

San Francisco’s Dandelion Chocolate, which buys from Kokoa Kamili, uses a mix of very dark chocolates to keep this frozen dessert intense. The recipe is adapted from the Dandelion cookbook, Making Chocolate.

Equipment

Frozen Hot Chocolate with Cacao Nib Cream
A chocolately winter favorite gets the hot weather treatment in this icy frozen drink from San Francisco's Dandelion Chocolate.
Yield: serves 4
Time: 7 hours

For the cocoa nib cream

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • ¼ cup cocoa nibs

For the frozen hot chocolate

  • 1¼ cups whole milk
  • ½ cup plus 1 tsp. sugar
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • 5¼ oz. bittersweet (60–70 percent) chocolate, coarsely chopped (2 cups)
  • 1½ oz. unsweetened (100 percent) chocolate, coarsely chopped (2/3 cup)
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. Make the cocoa nib cream: In a small pot over medium-high heat, add the cream and sugar, and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat, stir in the nibs, and set aside to steep for exactly 30 minutes. (Steeping too long will bring out excess bitterness.)
  2. Set a fine strainer over a heatproof medium bowl, strain the cream, and discard the nibs. Chill the infused cream for at least 6 hours or up to overnight. (It must be well-chilled to whip properly.)
  3. Meanwhile, make the chocolate syrup: In a large pot over medium heat, add the milk, sugar, corn syrup, and ⅓ cup water. Bring to a boil, whisking occasionally to dissolve the sugar. Add the chocolates, and lower the heat to medium. Cook, whisking continuously, until the chocolate is melted, then lower the heat to low, and continue cooking and whisking continuously until smooth and glossy, 2–3 minutes. Remove from the heat, and let cool to room temperature. At this point, the syrup can be refrigerated for up to 1 week.
  4. Five minutes before serving, whip the cocoa nib cream: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, or using a hand mixer, add the chilled cream, and whip on medium-high speed until medium peaks form. Refrigerate while you blend the drink.
  5. Prepare the drinks one serving at a time: In a blender, blend 1 cup of ice with 12 cup of the prepared chocolate syrup until the mixture is thick like a milkshake and no icy lumps remain, 30–45 seconds. Pour into a glass, and spoon or pipe some cocoa nib cream on top. Top with grated chocolate. Repeat for the remaining drinks, serving each immediately.