Grab your blender because your next summer drink is right here with Peanut Butter Frozen Hot Chocolate topped with peanut butter whipped cream.
I’ve been obsessed with cold summer drinks lately, which is unusual because this time last year, I barely touched them. First of all, I don’t like ice in my drinks. I love coffee but hate iced coffee because halfway through, my drink is too watered down. If I’m at a summer party, I need to go for the cans of pop submerged in ice so it is cold enough without needing ice cubes. Even frappuccinos from the coffee shops I didn’t buy frequently. Now I can’t get enough. I’ve been obsessed with cold brew coffee and usually keep a pitcher in my fridge. If I’m out of cold brew and need cold coffee asap, I’ll make Japanese style iced coffee. I’ve made watermelon sangria, cream soda floats, and affogatos. When I order at coffee shops, I either get a s’mores frappuccino or an iced mocha (yes there are the dreaded ice cubes, but if I drink it fast enough, it doesn’t get watered down as quickly). Notice how most of these drinks involve coffee. It’s no secret I love coffee, but I can’t drink it in the evenings; otherwise I’d be up all night. During the winter, this would be no problem as I would just make hot chocolate. However, it’s summer. A hot, humid summer. Who’s thinking about making hot chocolate right now?! Certainly not me. That’s when I got the idea to make a frozen hot chocolate by blending in some ice, just like a frappuccino but without the buzz. However, I wasn’t going to stop at chocolate. Nope, I was going to add chocolate’s best friend – peanut butter. Peanut Butter Frozen Hot Chocolate topped off with peanut butter whipped cream. Now this is a summer drink with ice I can get behind.
I think the blender is both a wonderful yet underestimated appliance. I find myself using it several times a week, whether it’s for drinks, sauces, popsicles, taco dip, or simply crushing ice. I almost thought about not buying one when I first moved out for college. Now I can’t live without it. Here’s a tip to help you measure the ice – most blenders have marks along the side that say 1 cup, 2 cup, etc. When you measure the ice for this recipe, just add enough ice to reach the 2 cup line.
Most frozen hot chocolate recipes use a packet of hot cocoa mix; however that’s not how I roll. All you need is some cocoa powder and powdered sugar to go along with the other ingredients. I decided to amp up my usual whipped cream by making peanut butter whipped cream. That’s definitely not something you can buy in stores. Actually, I’m surprised nobody has capitalized on this yet. Then I drizzled my frozen hot chocolate with some peanut butter fudge sauce and topped it with some chopped peanut butter cups. Seriously, how can you not smile after one sip?
15 minPrep Time
15 minTotal Time
- 2 cups ice
- 1/4 cup finely chopped peanut butter cups + more for garnish
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup hot fudge sauce ( homemade or store bought) + more for garnish
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup cold heavy whipping cream
- 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a blender, add the ice, peanut butter cups, peanut butter, hot fudge sauce, cocoa powder, sugar, milk, and vanilla. Blend on high until completely smooth. Pour into glasses and topped with peanut butter whipped cream. Garnish with additional peanut butter cups and hot fudge sauce.
- In a large mixing bowl on high speed (with whisk attachment if using a stand mixer), beat together the cream and peanut butter until it starts to thicken. Gradually beat in the sugar and vanilla then continue beating on high speed until stiff peaks form (when you pull the beater straight up, peaks will form and not fall over). Serve immediately.
More Summer Drink Recipes