Hot Chocolate Ice Cream Float

Meet the greatest thing to happen to you this winter - the hot chocolate ice cream float!

This hot chocolate ice cream float is the best thing thats happened to you all winter.

My friend Kylie is legit famous.

Okay, so not famous as in gets stopped for autographs famous or has ever been involved in a nanny cheating scandal famous, but blog famous, which is still pretty cool.

Two years ago she posted a recipe for red wine hot chocolate, and this year, it’s gone viral. First, last month they sampled her recipe on Good Morning America and Hoda said her actual name (see, told you she was famous). Then last week, the New York Times wrote a story about red wine hot chocolate and credited her as being the creator, which is true, because she is a food genius. This prompted Food52 to interview her for an article, which was really great because she also got to talk about eating disorder recovery and finding peace with food.

Sidebar: Kylie just launched her online program “How to Eat” which I know is amazing because she is in an intuitive eating mastermind group with me and a few other dietitians, so I totally trust anything she puts out there. It’s the same philosophy as our Joyful Eating, Nourished Life program, but most of the content is video vs. the written and audio content on ours. So if you learn better that way, check it out!

Eggnog ice cream for a hot chocolate ice cream float
Getting a scoop of eggnog ice cream to drop in bittersweet hot chocolate!

Well Kylie, I love you, but today, I’m sharing a hot chocolate recipe that I think might dethrone yours. Just wait, two years from now, Al Roker will be saying my name on air. Hopefully not Carson Daly - he drives me nuts. Get ready guys, cause here comes the hot chocolate recipe that will break the internet.

Hot chocolate ice cream float.

(Sound of the world’s collective jaw dropping)

I tried to do that whole blogger-y pour-shot thing. I failed.

It's like hot cocoa with marshmallows, but better. Because I think we all agree that marshmallows are the fourth grossest food ever, right behind jello, Washington apples and papaya, right? Instead of topping your hot chocolate with weird squishy things, top it off with a creamy delicious scoop of ice cream. As it melts into the hot chocolate the ice cream will infuse your drink with sweet cream. I like to eat it with a spoon to get a bite of cold ice cream and hot chocolatey beverage in each bite.


To be fair, I didn’t come up with the idea for this hot chocolate float. My favorite local ice cream shop, Sweet Cream, posted a picture on instagram of hot chocolate with a scoop of their handmade marshmallow ice cream floating on the top (by the way, I will eat marshmallow flavored ice cream because it's not squishy and jello-like). As soon as I saw their creation, I tried to convince my husband we should skip dinner and get hot chocolate floats instead, but apparently he's more responsible than me because he muttered something about vegetables and balance, so we stayed in and cooked a regular meal. All because of him, I had to wait a whole 24 hours before getting my hot chocolate float. Rude.

This recipe makes an extra chocolatey hot chocolate, almost verging on bittersweet. I like it that way because as the ice cream melts, it sweetens and mellows the flavor a bit without diluting the chocolate too much. If you were to drink the hot chocolate plain, it would be a little less sweet and a little more rich than most people would normally have hot chocolate, so if you prefer yours a little sweeter, add a tablespoon more maple syrup.


When I went to buy ice cream, not only was Talenti on sale at Earth Fare, but I also discovered they make eggnog flavor. My little heart was so happy! If you can't find marshmallow or eggnog ice cream, vanilla is always a winner, or do as my husband did and get a scoop of amaretto. I'm thinking coffee would also be quite tasty. This recipe may be the only time to pick an ice cream with no chunks. 

Hot Chocolate Ice Cream Float

Serves 2


  • 2 cups milk

  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

  • 3-4 tablespoons cocoa powder

  • 1 - 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Pinch of salt

  • 2 scoops of ice cream


  1. In a small pot, whisk together milk, chocolate chips, cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla extract and a pinch of salt on medium heat until very hot and thoroughly combined.

  2. Place a scoop of ice cream in the bottom of a glass or mug. Top with hot cocoa. Enjoy immediately.

More chocoaltey creations: 

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Flourless Sticky Chocolate Plum Cake

Flourless Sticky Chocolate Plum Cake

Chocolate Chia Avocado Mousse

Chocolate Chia Avocado Mousse