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Boozy Frozen Hot Chocolate

Serves 4 (makes 4 1/3 cups)

Total Time
40 mins

Dessert, cocktail, or both? However you look at this grown-up drink, the answer is yes. The rich, sweet caramel notes found in rum nicely complement the chocolate, but bourbon, whiskey, or stout make good alternatives.

 4 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped
 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
 1 1/2 cups cold whole milk, divided
 1/2 cup dark rum
 3 cups ice cubes
 1/2 cup cold heavy whipping cream
 2 teaspoons powdered sugar
 1 ounce chocolate, shaved*
Step 1

Set four tall glasses in the freezer to chill.

Step 2

Melt chocolate in a medium saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, just until completely melted. Remove from heat. Stir in cocoa and granulated sugar to blend.

Step 3

Slowly stream in 1/2 cup milk, whisking constantly. If chocolate begins to seize up, return saucepan to low heat, whisking again until melted.

Step 4

Off of heat, stir in remaining 1 cup milk and the rum. If needed, chill mixture in freezer about 15 minutes until cold (this prevents separation when blending with ice).

Step 5

In a bowl with a mixer, beat cream and powdered sugar to medium peaks.

Step 6

Put ice and chocolate mixture in a blender and whirl until smooth but still icy. Pour into chilled glasses and top with whipped cream and shaved chocolate.

Step 7

* To shave, set chocolate on a piece of waxed paper and microwave until slightly warm, 10 to 15 seconds, then shave with a vegetable peeler.

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