When I think of frozen hot chocolate I immediately think of a restaurant in New York City called Serendipity. Funny thing is, I’ve only been to New York City once and didn’t even go to Serendipity. I wanted to, we even tried to go. But there was no way I was waiting 3 hours to pay for, well, anything. So, we didn’t. Next time I’m in NYC, yes, I will make it a point to go. I’ll even wait and I’ll even pay. I need to know what all the fuss is about! And yes, we will go to NYC again, we WILL!
See, New York holds a special place in our hearts. It’s where we came up with our first daughter’s name, Waverly. Right before we left for the trip we decided we wanted to start trying to have kids. While we were in NYC we kept our eyes peeled for any names that stuck out to us. How cool would it have been if we got pregnant in NYC and named our kid after something in NYC? At least that was our silly thinking. We were staying with a friend in Greenwich Village and his apartment actually overlooked the Waverly Inn, which is on the corner of Bank St. and Waverly Place. Also, since we were staying with a friend the whole ‘getting pregnant’ probably wasn’t happening. But that’s a side note. Anyway. After staring at the Waverly Place street sign every day for 7 days, that name grew on us, more and more. We very loosely determined it would be our first daughter’s name. Long story short, we didn’t get pregnant in NYC, but a couple years later when we did have our first daughter, we still loved the name! It will be fun to take our little Waverly to NYC one day and tell her the story. And while we’re there, maybe we’ll get a frozen hot chocolate. The girl looooves hot chocolate and ice cream. A child after my own heart. Hopefully she’ll love NYC as much as we do.
I’m constantly reminded of NYC, because I’m CONSTANTLY saying my child’s name. These reminders are almost always good ones, because my daughter obviously has an important place in my heart. But today my thoughts about NYC are different. All those who were killed on 9/11, they had a family, of some kind. Someone named them, and gave that name a lot of thought. Someone loved them, deeply. It breaks my heart to think about how many people were killed, but also about how many people were left to deal with the loss of those killed. Today I will hold my daughters and husband closer. Today I will pray for all of those who can’t hold their loved one closer.
I feel like I have to say that this recipe is in NO WAY A COPYCAT recipe of Serendipity’s frozen hot chocolate (since I have zero idea what theirs tastes like.) What I do know is I made a ice cream, with hot chocolate and it really tastes like frozen hot chocolate. Which REMINDS me of the very popular dessert, at a popular NYC restaurant. That is all.
Milk: use any fat content you want. The higher the fat, the creamier it will be. I used 1% because that’s what we had. And, I always use at least a little bit of heavy cream in ice cream.
Hot chocolate: use any mix you like. I have a ton of the ‘bulk store’ packets left from a camping trip, so I used those. If you can find a more ‘natural’ variety, use that one!
No Ice cream maker needed: You can absolutely churn your chilled ice cream in a maker. But, I wanted to make a super easy treat (and my ice cream bowl wasn’t frozen), so I just frozen the mixture in a loaf pan and sliced it. It’s a little too firm to scoop, which is another reason I sliced it. But next time I’ll try churning it and see what that does to it’s ‘scoopableness.’