Frozen Hot Chocolate – in an ice cream maker

A few years ago, okay 4 1/2 years ago (where does the time go!!)I got to take a girls weekend with my best friend to NYC to celebrate my 30th birthday!  A few weeks later my husband lost his job, so I’m so grateful I went when I did because it’s not going to happen again for a long time!  ANYWAY! While we were there we went to Serendipity to try the Frozen Hot Chocolate!


It was served in a giant bowl just like this one, in a plate overflowing!  It was great and I KNEW I could make my own version.  SO I went home and played around with using ice cream, using ice and a blender and using the ice cream maker.  I found that the Ice cream maker created the BEST texture.  Then I tweaked my homemade hot chocolate recipe to figure out what crystallized best.
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Warm Pumpkin Drink Recipes

I love pumpkin and I love hot chocolate. So when my mom came home from an activity and said they had a creamy warm pumpkin drink I HAD to try it! It’s so so SOOOO good, creamy and warm and just full of deliciousness. AND it’s nice to have a change from my daily hot Chocolate (oh who am I kidding, I’ll have a mug of this AND a mug of hot chocolate – breakfast and lunch)


It’s good warm by itself, but I like to add a small dollop of fresh whipped cream on top, it’s simply prettier I think. It is great to just make yourself on a cold fall day, or a really fun addition to any holiday party!
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Homemade Root beer- Family Time

It’s St. Patricks day this week!  And while we don’t drink beer we do enjoy ROOT beer!!!  And my favorites?  Root beer floats!


Did you know you can make root beer at home?  There are a few variations and recipes out there, one is even on the back of the root beer extract recipe.  BUT we’re scientists at our house, so we went searching for a version made with dry ice!  Fun to make AND fun to drink!
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Pumpkin Pie milkshake or ice cream

I know, I know…  Pumpkin recipes are SOOOO last month.  Honestly I made this 2 weeks ago, Really I did.  But I lost my blogging mojo over the last few weeks and now that I’m back in the game I’m finally getting around to posting it.  So it’s okay, see, since I MADE it before Thanksgiving it still works.

pumpkin milkshake ice cream ingredients

Pumpkin Pie Milkshake or Ice Cream
2 C heavy cream
2 C milk
1/2 C Sugar
1/4 C Brown Sugar
2/3 C canned Pumpkin
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
Pour it all into the blender together!

pumpkin milkshake ice cream blender

Mix it all in the blender…

pumpkin milkshake ice cream maker

And throw it into your ice cream maker!  Here is where you decide, if you want a nice thick milkshake you only blend it for 10-15 mins (depending on HOW thick you like it…)  OR run your machine for 30-40 mins to turn it into ice cream!

pumpkin milkshake ice cream graham cracker topping

This was my little girls favorite part!  Grab some graham crackers (I picked cinnamon ones) and crush em up!  I like using a gallon size freezer bag and rolling over it with a rolling pin.  Easy peasy for the kiddo’s.   For Ice Cream leave the crackers a bit chunky and mix them in when the ice cream cycle is over.

homemade pumpkin milkshake
For the milkshake once your satisfied with the thickness pour it into glasses, top with whipped cream and the crushed graham crackers! Serve (with a spoon, mine was on the super thick side of things.  I wished I had taken it out just 5 mins earlier!   But no one seemed to mind in the least!   Both the milkshakes and the ice cream was a huge hit with everyone in the family!

pumpkin pie milkshake recipe

The worlds BEST Hot Chocolate- this week’s treat

Last week I shared my FAVORITE summer treat, my Lemon Sour Cream Pie. Today it rained, it was MARVELOUS! It was also very cold. The leaves have all changed colors and there was a beautiful mist over the mountains. My husband spent the day turning our shed into a home for George (our pet potbellied pig). Since he’s SO much bigger than we expected he’s become too big to be inside, but pig’s can’t handle cold weather very well. So we had to create a warm outdoor area for him. My husband took everything off the floor level in the shed and filled it with heat lamps, George’s bed, hay and water. George was SO excited to explore his new house.

The kids were also pretty intrigued and enjoyed going outside to see what was going on. BUT they all came in rather cold. SO I make my favorite fall treat! (I enjoy it all winter too, but I start making it weekly in the fall). In fact I actually made my first batch two weeks ago! This has got to be the best hot chocolate EVER!. I make it at LEAST once a week!

The BEST Hot Chocolate EVER
1/4 C cocoa
1/2 C sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 C water
4 C milk
1 tsp vanilla
In a saucepan mix the dry ingredients. Add the water and bring to a boil, keep boiling for one min. Then add the milk. Heat until it’s the temp you like. Take off the heat and add the vanilla. Serve!

I like Whip Cream on mine, but the kid’s like Marshmallows. I also like adding fun things to my hot chocolate, candies, mints, flavors, creamers, etc… This is a really rich Hot chocolate so it’s easy to heat up to my temp and cool it down for the kids by just adding more milk! Its okay that it makes a large batch, it refrigerates and reheats very well. It does settle so if you refrigerate it over night be sure to mix it up good before serving more!

Happy Fall!

This week’s treat- Frozen Hot Chocolate

frozen hot chocolate serendipity
I went to NYC last year (before the whole job loss, moving in with the in law’s thing!). Anyway while I was there, with a wonderful girlfriend, we decided to check out Serendipity! We just HAD to try the frozen hot chocolate! It was good, HUGE and nice. Even better? Totally able to make at home! I just made a batch of my homemade Hot Chocolate and then put it in the fridge. Once it was cool I threw it into my ice cream maker. Since it doesn’t have cream in the hot Chocolate it doesn’t cream up, instead it crystallizes a bit. Anyway, I made a batch tonight! It totally hit the spot. This way I can enjoy my favorite beverage even in the middle of winter! Whatever you don’t finish just put it back in the refrigerator (it get’s too hard in the freezer) and you can either reheat it for hot chocolate, or refreeze another time.

Hot Cocoa
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup hot water
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
4 cups milk
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon vanilla
Mix cocoa, sugar, water and salt in a saucepan. Over medium heat, stir constantly until mixture boils. Cook for one minute, stirring constantly. Stir in the milk and heat, but do not boil. Remove from heat and add vanilla; blend well. Serve immediately.