Monday, July 19, 2010

Cool off in the Shade with Frozen Hot Chocolate - Tablescape

It is hot and the backyard gets shady by early afternoon.

What better place to have a cool refreshing
Frozen Hot Chocolate
in the shade to cool you off.
This inexpensive bistro set got a new life a few years
ago with a can of purple paint.

I had ordered some cushions from Ballard Designs for
some of the other outdoor furniture in this beautiful
black and white damask, so I ordered the matching
fabric and recovered the round cushions.

Searching through a drawer I found matching purple
napkins that I had forgotten that I had.
A pinkish purple rose or two along with a purple
lidded box with Queen Victoria's monogram that
I picked up in London (just because it was purple)
placed on a heart shaped tray sets the quiet
romantic mood.

Years ago, when there weren't all of these wonderful home stores
and you had to find the latest and greatest in catalogs,
I bought 12 of these adorable sunflower shaped combination
spoons and straws for shakes from Spiegel Catalog

We had to have some cookies to go along with the
cooling drink. 
These are the easy sugar cookies I
shared earlier.  Click here for the recipe based on
a boxed cake mix, one egg and 1/2 C. butter.

We even invited a few guests who prefer
water out of the fountain so we didn't have to share.

The cup of the goblets are a lovely lavendar.
I think purple and chocolate go so well together,
don't you?

We first indulged in frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity in NYC.
I even bought their cookbook just for the recipe, but it
was just a "secret combination"
  "many imported chocolates."

Thanks a lot, that was very helpful!

Cheesecake Factory had one for a while too,
but then that was dropped off their menu.

So I came up with my own version.

Frozen Hot Chocolate

1 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 C. butter
1- 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 C. milk

In microwave melt the chocolate chips, butter
and sweetened condensed milk for 1 minute.
Stir and melt again in 30 second intervals,
stirring between each interval.

Stir in the milk after everything is blended
and blend well.

Let cool to room temperature.

Place 3 C. ice in your blender.
Pour in 2 C. of the chocolate sauce.
Blend until very smooth.

Pour into chilled glasses.
Top with whipped cream and shaved chocolate.

It may not use many imported chocolates, but
it tastes fabulous.

I have been asked if it tastes just like their.
I just visited Serendipity in Las Vegas a while
ago and had a frozen hot chocolate and
I think you will love this.

Serendipity serves theirs on a plate, as they overfill
the sherbet style glass and it spills onto
the plate.

Find a cool shady spot and sit and enjoy!

Purple goblets and heart shaped tray from
Tai Pan.

I will be running off to Between Naps on the Porch
Tablescapes Thursday.

Why don't you come and join Susan for this eye
catching event?
This will be her 100th week of hosting this.

I am also celebrating 100.
I received my 100th follower this week!

I will also be sharing this with
Designs by Gollum

Thanks for supporting me.


Chocolat - French for Chocolate. I adored chocolate from a young age when I had to sneak in the cupboard to find where my mother had hidden the Nestle's Chocolate Chips. Having read about the famous chocolat shoppes in Paris, when I finally got there I was determined to try a chocolate from every Paris shoppe. I invite you to share my adventures in creating, in travel, and in life.


  1. Love the tablesetting...all the purple is fun. I have only had frozen hot chocolates from Dairy Queen and we loved them...but unfortunately, they discontinued them! GRRR! I have seen this in the cookbook, but haven't made them...guess we need to make these. Joni

  2. The colour combo and the beverage/dessert look fantastic! I love purple with chocolate brown and what could be better than mixing the two as tablescape and food! I think I'm going to try making the frozen hot chocolate but I'm sure they would taste better out of the gorgeous goblets you have!


  3. Hi Jacqueline... What a gorgeous patio set in purple! Your tablescape is delicious!! The straw/ spoon combo are a great treasure so unique:-) You have mad my sweet tooth crazy:-)

  4. Very pretty! I am so making those cookies. How easy!


  5. Frozen hot chocolate sounds just perfect right now! This is a tablescape I could do every day. I love that you kept it in your purple home theme. Thanks so much for sharing.

  6. Your frozen hot chocolate looks so good. Pretty outdoor setting, love the colors!...Christine

  7. Make that 101 followers! I can hardly wait to make the frozen hot chocolate...and the tablescape was pretty, too! Love the purple with the chocolate and pink. Quite romantic, actually. Thank you for your kind comments on my post. You're welcome to gather with the Garden Friends. This year we'll be at my house; 10:30ish every Wednesday morning. You're only a guest the first time. Cherry Kay

  8. Lovin' the purple, just looking at it takes 5 degrees off the temperature! Your chocolate treat looks great-enjoy!

  9. Frozen hot chocolate sounds wonderful...I will be right over! I love your little bistro set and all the purple looks so pretty.

  10. Fish tacos last week - delish!!! frozen hot chocolate this week. I have died and gone to heaven for sure. Your sweet setting turned out so beautiful. It even looks cool. I think the purple helps with the illusion. Once again, quite beautiful, I love to visit!

  11. I love the, oh so brilliant purple!! I'll have to take two of those delicious drinks!

    Isn't it fun to play with dishes? I am happy I found your blog!


  12. Thank you for stopping by my blog. It has been great to visit yours! I love all of your purple and living in Texas where it is HOT I will be making your hot chocolate for my grands. They will love it!!

  13. Oooh, what a pretty table! All that lovely purple speaks to me! Thank you for the recipe for the frozen hot chocolate -- it looks and sounds divine!

  14. That frozen hot chocolate sounds so rich and indulgent. What a beautiful setting in which to relax from the heat!

  15. Jacqueline,
    whow, that is a very romantic and colorfull setting on your pretty purple bistro set. The frozen chocolate looks so yummy in this glasses and I love how you combined the setting with this phantastic little china box, napkins and even the wonderful spoons. All looks gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful tablescape.
    Greetings, Johanna

  16. All looks delicious in this purple setting!


  17. I have never even heard of frozen hot chocolate! I think I am in real trouble. It looks delicious! I love all your purple touches. Painting your bistro set that color was a great idea. I love your sunflowers spoon straws.

  18. Congrats on 100, let me make you 101!

    Love the set and that you painted it, it looks fab. Thanks for sharing that recipe, it sounds yummy. I've always wondered what frozen hot chocolate would be like, can't wait to try it!

    -Ann Marie

  19. I love your setting and the lavender is so perfect. I'm dying to try the recipe-it sounds so yummy!

  20. Jacqueline, I love the tablescape, and yes, chocolate does look wonderful with lavender. And that recipe sounds fabulous. And the cookies... YUM! Love your spoons, napkins, and glasses, too. As a matter of fact, I wish I had one of those delicious drinks now.

    Happy Tablescape Thursday!


    Sheila :-)

  21. The fozen hot chocolate sounds yummie! I will have to try this recipe! Thank the purple! What a refreshing place to sit.

  22. Love your purple table set. I've never had frozen hot chocolate, but this sounds like something I would love. Thank you for the recipe. I can't wait to try it. Those spoon/straws are so cute! laurie

  23. Mmmm! I've never had frozen hot chocolate but it looks amazing! I'm going to have to try that one day!

  24. The frozen hot chocolate recipe is going in my recipe file. I have never heard of it, and I'm positive it's right up our alley around here.

    Love this purple table! The colors are beautiful in the setting with the painted bistro set. I would love to sit with a friend in a cozy setting like that.

  25. How very pretty! What guest wouldn't feel special at your table and who could resist chocolate. I'm going to definitely try your recipe. Thank you for sharing it.

  26. Your tablescape is absolutely beautiful! And purple goes great with everything! =o)

    The frozen hot chocolate looks heavenly!

  27. Dropping back by to wish you a Happy Foodie Friday, Jacqueline! I am still in love with that chocolate and the cookies!


    Sheila :-)

  28. Holy Cow 28 comments! Lady you are getting so popular with your blog! I'm so happy for you. Also I love frozen hot chocolate! You should make some and invite us over! Love you so much. The new bed looks so beautiful, thanks for the comforter.

  29. Jacqueline, This is a lovely vignette, and photographed beautifully. The frozen hot chocolate looks and sounds delicious and I'm printing off the recipe right now. Thanks for sharing it!

  30. I am sooooo going to try this recipe. Boy, it sounds fantastic to me right now!!

  31. YUMMY!!! LOVE your table... très FAB!!!

  32. OOO! I love hot chocolate and I live in Arizona so I don't get to have it that often as you can imagine.. what a great way to be able to have this in the hotter months! Thanks!!

  33. I love hot chocolate! Now I can have it in the summer too. Thanks for sharing.

  34. Jacqueline, thank you so so much for your very kind and encouraging comments on my post! I'm slowly getting the hang of it. I'll have a post on making those oh so pesky Ebelskiver soon. It's a sort of "hang out in the kitchen with a cup of coffee and keep the cook company" kind of activity but something fun and different and tasty. Your blog is beautifully inspiring. Like taking a vacation online. Love all you've done and will love seeing what you will do next I am definitely giving your frozen chocolate a whirl soon! By the way, Garden Friends-Yes!

  35. The frozen hot chocolate sounds yummy! Beautiful photos!

  36. The frozen hot chocolate sounds yummy! Beautiful photos!

  37. Thanks for your visiting my blog and leaving such a nice comment! Your blog, pics, food, etc are gorgeous! :)

  38. Your patio set is adorable! I was looking for a cute one to redo before I broke down and bought a chair from HomeDepot. I must try the Frozen Hot Chocolate recipe!

  39. Oh, I must try these! The cookies look divine too...and I love the heart shaped tray. I collect hearts as well as cookbooks and a few other things.

    Thanks so much for stopping by! I really appreciate it. Your blog is beautiful and I'm your newest follower.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  40. I just found your site and I am definitely trying the frozen chocolate. Looks yummy!

  41. What a pretty table, love the lavendar shades...everything is so cool and refreshing! Thanks too for the recipe, looks wonderful!

  42. I believe the first time I saw this chocolaty treat was during the movie Serendipity. I've been dreaming of going to NY to try one there but it will be nice to have a version I can enjoy at home.

    Your tablescape color palette is beautiful and I'm smitten with those sunflower spoon/straws. I've never seen anything like those before. Adding you to my chocolate!!

  43. Love the lavenders, very pretty!

  44. Hi Jacqueline,
    Oh, my...does this all look delish! The beautiful colors, the adorable cookies and my favorite...chocolate! YUM! Happy 100th TT to you!

  45. What a lovely space for indulging in some Frozzzen Hot Chocolate. Can't wait to read more of your blog.

  46. Just the right time of year for a frozen hot chocolate. Can't wait to try this one...worth going off the diet for, I'm sure :)

  47. Personally, I think chocolate and any color go together well...LOL. But I'll agree that your purples show it off wonderfully. Very pretty and delicious looking.

  48. I've never had the pleasure of trying the Serendipity frozen hot chocolate, but have been making Paula Deen's version for a while. It's good, but I'll be trying yours tonight!

  49. Just have an envie!
    Profiter de tout
    Have a nice day
    No way to subcribe...


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