When I went to New York a few years ago it was when I rediscovered cupcakes, but I also took a pilgrimage of sorts to Serendipity 3 Café, the café featured in the movie Serendipity with John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale. This movie is one of my guilty pleasures. I watch it every time it plays on TV and it totally caters to the incurable romantic in me I suppose. But the café itself was quite charming and was supposedly a favourite of Andy Warhol’s. I took a couple of not so great photos while I was there, and tried their famous frozen hot chocolate. I stumbled upon this recipe because I was inspired by a similar drink offered at Second Cup. (Serendipitous perhaps?) It’s perfect for a hot summer day like today – +38 celcius with the humidity here in Ottawa today! That’s 100 farenheit!
Again, you can make this one much lower in calories and fat by using sugar free hot chocolate mix, skim milk and replacing whipped cream with low-fat whipped topping mix like Cool Whip.
Serendipity 3 Frozen Hot Chocolate
3 ounces best-quality chocolate
2 teaspoons store-bought hot chocolate mix
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 cups milk
3 cups ice
1. Chop the chocolate into small pieces. Melt the chocolate. You can do this in a small saucepan, a double boiler or in the microwave. 2. Add the hot chocolate mix and sugar. Stir until well blended. 3. Remove from heat. Slowly add 1/2 of milk. Stir until smooth. Cool to room temperature. In a blender place the remaining cup of milk, the chocolate mixture, and the ice. Blend on high until smooth. It should be similar to the consistency of a frozen daiquiri. 4. Pour into a large goblet. Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Serves 1.
1 cup heavy cream, very cold
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 tablespoons light corn syrup
Combine cream and vanilla. Mix well. Use an electric mixer and whip on medium speed. Slowly ads the corn syrup while beating. Whip until soft peaks form. Makes 2 approximately 2 cups.