Serendipity 3's Frozen Hot Chocolate

A Top Secret Recipe

Serendipity 3s Frozen Hot Chocolate
Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min

Oprah named this blended concoction from the New York City-

based Serendipity 3 one of her "favorite things" in 2006, saying

that it made her want to "dance on the chandeliers." Started in a

basement on East 58th Street in 1954, Serendipity 3 has been a

top stop for many celebrities though the years.

Tennessee Williams and Jackie Kennedy were regulars, and Andy Warhol used to pay

for his meals with original drawings. With locations now open in

Boca Raton and Las Vegas, Serendipity 3 is more than just a sweet

shop, it also serves omelets, salads, pizza and ribs. But the joint is

best known for its Frrrozen Hot Chocolate, which is ordered by

about 10,000 customers each month. In the restaurant, each frosty

creation is made by combining a secret dry mix with milk and ice

in a blender on high speed until smooth.

The dessert is poured into a huge goblet, topped with whipped cream and chocolate

shavings, and served with spoons and straws. The chain claims the

secret mix is a blend of many different chocolates, and released a

recipe to the "Oprah Winfrey Show" a while back (posted on the

show's Web site) that supposedly revealed the secret formula. But,

as often seen with secret recipes volunteered by restaurant chains,

this one is an inaccurate clone. The recipe given to Oprah says to

use 6 half-ounce pieces "of your favorite chocolate," but the chocolate

in the restaurant's secret dry mix comes only from cocoa

powders. Also, the recipe doesn't mention anything about nonfat

dry milk, which is a big part of the dry mix. All you have to do is

look at the ingredient list on the $5 package of mix to see ""sugar, nonfat dry milk, dextrose, and cocoas."

That's it. Perhaps the chain doesn't want to surrender a recipe that will compete with

the packaged product it sells online and in stores. That's my job. So

here is an original Top Secret Recipe I've worked up that uses three

popular brands of cocoa, plus dry milk and sugar. Blend this mix

with whole milk and ice and you'll have a delicious (and cheap!)

clone of Oprah's favorite drink that tastes better than any other

recipe out there.


  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • 2 tablespoons Ghirardelli cocoa
  • powder
  • 1 tablespoon Hershey's cocoa
  • powder
  • 1 tablespoon Scharffen Berger
  • cocoa powder (see Tidbits)
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 cups ice
  • On top
  • Whipped cream
  • Shavings from a semisweet chocolate bar
  • Cooking Directions

    Combine the sugar, dry milk powder, cocoas, and salt in a

    small bowl. Pour the milk into a blender. Add the dry mix and ice. Blend until all the ice is crushed and the drink is smooth. Pour

    into a large goblet or two 16-ounce glasses. Top the drink

    with whipped cream and shavings from a semisweet chocolate

    bar (use a carrot peeler), then add a spoon and straw

    and serve.

    Tidbits: Makes one 30-ounce serving or two 15-ounce servings. If you can't locate this brand of cocoa, use 3 tablespoons Ghirardelli cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon Hershey's cocoa powder.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: dry milk powder, cocoa powder, milk

    Course: Drinks, Dessert

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