Pretzel Frozen Hot Chocolate

Pretzel Frozen Hot Chocolate |

I have dreams. Big dreams of going to New York City at Christmas time with John, getting all bundled up in winter coats and hats and scarves, standing in awe before the Rockefeller Christmas tree in Times Square. Of going out for an overpriced steak dinner. Of visiting vegan bakery after Greek yogurt bar after New York style pizza shop. Of gawking at strangers and taking in a new city.

This dream also includes frozen hot chocolate. I’ve heard Serendipity has the best, but in the meantime this salty, sexier version will have to do. I think I’m (more than) OK with that.

Chocolate Coconut Milk Ice Cubes

The base is mocha coconut ice cubes. Full fat coconut milk stirred with cocoa powder and frozen into ice cubes. Then add almond milk, chocolate syrup, a little sweetener to taste, and a big handful of crushed pretzels. The icing on the proverbial cake is homemade coconut (or dairy) whipped cream, more chocolate sauce and salty pretzel sticks.

Serendipity who?

Pretzel Frozen Hot Chocolate!Pretzel Frozen Hot Chocolate | via minimalist baker

This is kind of the frozen hot chocolate of my dreams, and it’s vegan! Coconut and almond milk keep it so, and chocolate syrup makes it sappy, chocolatey sweet. I love salty-sweet combinations so pretzels were a natural fit. I think I’m in love, and the feeling isn’t going away any time soon. Wanna make it mutual? I really think you do…

Vegan Pretzel Frozen Hot Chocolate

This hot chocolate is thick, creamy, chocolatey and milky. Perfectly sweet with a kick of salt from the pretzels. Lick it slurp it gulp it. Do what you will. I did all three, shamelessly and I think you should, too. It’s hot outside; let’s all cool down with some pretzel frozen hot chocolate shall we?

Yeah, let’s do that.

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Pretzel Frozen Hot Chocolate! minimalist baker

Pretzel Frozen Hot Chocolate
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Coconut milk frozen hot chocolate with a salty kick from crushed pretzels. Chocolatey, dreamy - everything you want in a frozen hot chocolate. Secretly vegan, so delicious.
Recipe type: Dessert, Beverage
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 2
  • 2 cups (about 10) chocolate coconut ice cubes* (1 can full fat coconut milk + 3 Tbsp cocoa powder, frozen into cubes)
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes
  • 4-6 Tbsp light chocolate syrup/sauce (I used Hershey's, which is vegan), amount based on preferred sweetness
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or other milk)
  • 2 Tbsp crushed pretzels + more for topping (use a gluten free variety to keep this recipe G-Free)
  • Non-bitter stevia, agave or honey (if not vegan) for extra sweetening
  • TOPPINGS: Dairy or coconut whipped cream, pretzels, chocolate sauce, vegan hot fudge, cherry
  1. Add coconut mocha ice cubes, ice cubes, almond milk and 4 Tbsp chocolate syrup to start to blender and blend until smooth, adding more almond milk as needed.
  2. Taste and add more chocolate syrup OR sweetener if needed. I added one half packet of non-bitter stevia, but agave or additional chocolate syrup will do just fine.
  3. Pour into two serving glasses and top with desired toppings. I went with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, crushed pretzels and two pretzel sticks.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 beverage Calories: 395 Fat: 33 g Carbohydrates: 22.7 g Sugar: 12 g Sodium: 310 mg Fiber: 3.5 g Protein: 4 g

Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 beverage (half of the recipe) with toppings. 

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  1. says

    This came at the perfect time! I just got done with an assignment involving pretzels, which I never keep on-hand, and I was just thinking: What to do with all these leftover pretzels? Everyone in my household would love this.

  2. Barbara says

    After making this, you are going to be seriously disappointed with serendipity. Its not all that its made out to be, so you should save your $20 and keep making these! Looks amazing!

  3. Amy says

    Oh man, I just went to Serendipity when I was in Vegas and it was AMAZE. Can’t wait to make the vegan version!

  4. says

    Girlfriend, you are blowing my mind with your recipes these days. Seriously, I want all the things! I have been lucky enough to enjoy a Serendipity frozen hot chocolate in New York City, and it really is a must. NYC is a dazzling place. It is also a dream of mine to return at Christmas time and go skating in Central Park. In the meantime though, this little diddy looks like a darn good option. I’m totes making some mocha coconut ice cubes immediately!

  5. Sarah says

    If you use homemade chocolate syrup instead of Hershey’s you can avoid the high fructose corn syrup. I am a big promoter of whole foods vegetarian or vegan living.

  6. iza says

    The tree is in Rockefeller plaza, not times square. this page gets a lot of hits so thought you might want to correct that.

  7. Kahley says

    My mouth is watering! I am going to try these as the weather gets warmer, show off to my friends… :)

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