If you’re yearning for some yuletide cheer in the middle of your hot summer, check out this frozen hot chocolate! It’s over a hundred degrees here, which is HOT for us, and although we love our hot chocolate, we can’t quite justify adding to the heat with warm drinks, which is where this twist comes in! As much as we love hot chocolate (and chocolate in general, as a matter of fact) we love Christmas even more! Whoever said, “Christmas comes but once a year” hasn’t spent a July in our home!
We are in the process of setting up our smaller “kid’s tree” and decorating the living room for our 2017 Christmas in July party! I adore our December Christmas Traditions, but I have to tell you; I find our Christmas in July version really liberating! It’s the perfect time to invite your friends and just have fun! A potluck meal is perfect for this non-traditional holiday, and will relieve the stress of hosting a get together!
A white elephant gift exchange is also a must! Pro tip: be sure to make your gift value dollar limit very clear when inviting your guests so that no one ends up feeling like they got the short end of the stick when the games begin! In our house, this is just for a good laugh, so we keep the dollar limits low, and gifts like wooden bunnies and questionable metal décor are encouraged! 🙂
And don’t forget about Christmas cookies! I made fun little palm trees the other day, and I think they turned out so cute! Of course, you could make traditional shapes, too, and if you aren’t in the mood for making cookies, these are great items to ask your friends to bring to the party!
Most importantly, help your guests get in the Christmas mood by greeting them with a delicious frozen hot chocolate! Here’s how to make these terrific treats!
Frozen Hot Chocolate
For this recipe, you will need:
3 cups crushed ice
10 ounces milk (we use vanilla soy)
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
½ cup hot chocolate mix
Toppings! Some of my favorite are Andes chips, chocolate chips, and sprinkles!
Lightly warm 3 ounces of milk in the microwave, then mix in the hot chocolate mix and cocoa powder to make a thick syrup.
Pour the remaining milk and chocolate mixture into the blender and add ice. Blend until you have a frappe consistency (add a little more ice if needed).
Pour into glasses and top with whipped cream and your topping(s) of choice!
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