This iced hot chocolate may be the best thing I’ve sipped through a straw in looooong time.
Believe me when I say that I literally drank this ice hot chocolate in record time. The creamy chocolate with a little warmth from a few spices is just what one needs on a warm and sunny day. Then I had a pang of guilt because I should have made these for my girls to try. Oh well (drinks second glass).
Is it warm where you are? Monday it was 73 degrees and I watched my daughter’s softball games in converse, cropped jeans and a tee shirt. Then Tuesday, another double header but it was 44 degrees (felt like 37) and I wore, jeans, boots (american eagle knock off uggs- but I love them!) a tee shirt, hoodie and my winter coat and froze my butt off (ha! I wish.) for the 4 long hours I stood outside watching. I’ll never understand our weather, BUT according to the app on my phone by Mother’s Day we’ll be rocking steady in the low to mid 70’s.
That means it will be perfect weather for this iced hot chocolate recipe!
And speaking of Mother’s day, always this time of year Fair Trade USA rounds up a bunch of us bloggers to talk about the importance of buying and supporting Fair Trade goods and the inspirational women behind it. I’ve been a Fair Trade supporter for quite a few years now and it’s my pleasure to introduce you to a remarkable mother and farmer who works hard and is dedicated to building her community. As a total bonus, the kind souls at Fair Trade USA and the amazing participating brands send us these big boxes generously filled with Fair Trade goodies and I get to create a recipe using a few of those products. OH and you get a chance to win the same box-o-goodies that I received!
To read about other farmers and learn more about Fair Trade, follow the #FairTrade and #FairHer hashtags on your social media accounts. Or read my past Mother’s Day Fair Trade posts: 2013, 2014 (banana chocolate chunk streusel muffins) , 2015 (chocolate fondue).
First I’d like you to meet Rosa Luis Ramirez, an inspirational bell pepper farmer from Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz. She completes her assignments for the open adult elementary school course she is undertaking as a recipient of a Fair Trade-sponsored employee scholarship. The scholarship program provides a stipend for employees who study either open adult elementary or junior high school and maintain a B+ average. Rosa, an employee of Divemex since 2008, lives permanently in the Chula Vista I residential area within Divemex’s La Veinte Agricultural Complex in Culiacán. Rosa’s daughter-in-law Karen Gonzales stands in the doorway of her home as she awaits the arrival of her daughter from school.
Rosa you ARE an inspiration!
Read more about FairHer here.
This Mother’s Day I’ll have my feet up, my ipad in my lap and I’ll be for surely sipping on one of these iced hot chocolates. Technically, this recipe isn’t “hot” or else it would melt the ice cubes into nothing and you’d have a watered down drink. Uhhh, no thanks. BUT that doesn’t mean it doesn’t taste like hot chocolate. Am I totally confusing you yet? Let’s proceed.
Then measure 3 cups of coconut almond milk. I’m using my most favorite in the entire world: (unsweetened) toasted coconut almond milk (by Califia Farms) it’s so so good! BUT feel free to use whatever milk you like to drink; soy, cashew, almond or regular cows milk… just make sure it’s unsweetened.
In a large liquid measuring cup, add 2 tablespoons of agave…
…measure in 6 heaping teaspoons of unsweetened dutch processed cocoa powder…
…and 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon…
Pour in the milk…
I realized at this point, I wanted a little extra somethin-somethin to my iced hot chocolate, so I added 1/8 a teaspoon of cayenne pepper. So good but totally optional.
Then just whisk to combine!
Fill a glass to the tippy top with ice and pour the “hot” chocolate mixture over top.
This iced hot chocolate recipe is so good!
And even better with a dollop of (coconut) whipped cream and a dusting of more cinnamon and cayenne.
Now insert straw. Sip. And swoon.
See! I wasn’t kidding. We’re talking world record timing here.
And don’t forget to enter the Fair Trade giveaway at the end of the post!
My cookbook Simply Scratch : 120 Wholesome Homemade Recipes Made Easy is now available! CLICK HERE for details and THANK YOU in advance!
Iced Hot Chocolate
- 2 tablespoons agave, more or less to personal taste
- 6 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder, treated with alkali or dutch processed
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 4 cups unsweetened coconut almond milk, or milk of choice (I used Califia Farms Toasted Coconut Almond Milk)
- In a large 8-cup liquid measuring cup whisk together the agave, cocoa, cinnamon, cayenne (if using) and milk.
- Fill glasses all the way to the top with ice. Pour "hot" chocolate over top, insert straws and sip!
About the giveaway:
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THANK YOU in advance for your support!
this iced hot chocolate looks amazing!
This looks sooo good. All I need on a hot day!
Great giveaway! The chocolate looks amazing.
THANK YOU FOR THE GIVEAWAY
I need this now!
I love the spices on top! It looks refreshingly delicious!
That looks so good! And healthy?!
This looks so good! What a great giveaway too!
My daughters will love to try this!
That looks incredibly refreshing!
Oh yes! The cinnamon and cayenne put this over the top. Oh please, please, PLEASE! I really want this! I’m already brimming with ideas 🙂
this is worth all kinds of brain freeze!
Looks delicious! Good luck to everyone!
Such an important post! Thank you so much for sharing the message and recipe.
Looks great! I can’t wait to make one!
HOLY freaking YUM! I have been so interested in Fair Trade! This post has pushed me over the edge! I have also heard great things about the Coconut Almond Milk you used! How did it taste on it’s own!? Sounds delightful!
Awesome post and thanks for the chance 🙂
This recipe looks like a good alternative to the non-coffee, chocolate drink I get at Starbucks. Thanks for posting.
I love Fair Trade products.
Holy smokes! What an amazing giveaway! <3
Man, I would love some of that iced hot chocolate right now!
This looks great – thanks!
What an awesome giveaway!! Thank you for the chance!
Looks sooo good. Can’t wait to try this recipe!
Thank you for the giveaway chance.
The Iced Hot Chocolate sounds delicious! I love supporting Fair Trade
This looks good.
There are some really nice things in the prize package! Thank you!
That looks so good !! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.
Thanks for the giveaway-this is such an important issue.
Looks yummy! Thank you for the giveway
This looks delicious! Thank you for the giveaway opportunity
This recipe looks amazing – makes me miss Serendipity!! 🙂
Iced hot chocolate, perfect for a summer day! I love fair trade products.
Would love to make
great giveaway!! thanks for the chance to win!! 🙂
So many delicious looking things in there, thanks for the chance! I would love to make some of this chocolate!
Wow – looks so good.
That hot chocolate looks so delicious! I love that it can be made with fair trade ingredients.
I’ve always wanted to try frozen/iced hot chocolate and this looks so delicious!
That looks sooooo yummy! We are so fortunate to have been born in this country.
Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!
This looks so amazing!!
This looks really good!
What a great cause to support! I’m sort of new learning about Fair Trade, and I’m trying to purchase more things with the label.
This looks SO good!!!
I love anything chocolate, so this recipe looks amazing!
The above recipe sounds delicious!
Fair Trade is a wonderful thing to support all those hard working people!
Lovely looking chocolate drink – looking forward to giving it a try. Thanks for the opportunity to be a part of this!
What a great looking prize pack, I love Fair Trade products and purchase them whenever possible!
Wonderful cause and everything looks tasty!
I know what I’m going to make today….can’t wait to taste this.
this looks amazing!
I wish I could make something that looked that good.
I love chocolate and peppers. I must consume this.
The combination of flavors, especially the cayenne on top, sounds intriguing, a little scary and exotic in a good way. I imagine I will round up the ingredients this weekend and give it a try!
This will be an awesome treat for the summer!!! 🙂
This looks delicious. I think my 4 year old is going to particularly enjoy this!
We love Califia Farms too. It’s chilly here in Columbus today, but as soon as we warm back up, I’d like to try your Iced Hot Chocolate.
Not sure if Canadians may enter your giveaway, but the recipe looks great!
Thanks for the great giveaway. The recipe looks delicious!
Fair trade best idea ever
The iced hot chocolate looks so good! And perfect for this warmer weather we’re having.
I love agave nectar! Everything in this basket looks amazing!
This is a great giveaway and I loved reading the review
First, I love the idea of supporting women who need a hand up. Second, the iced hot chocolate looks really nice for a hot Spring day!
This made me so thirstyv
This is a great assortment of products!
Iced hot chocolate looks yummy! Excited about fair trade giveaway!
What a great giveaway and great selection of items, love fair trade.
Oh my goodness, that looks so delicious!!
Thanks for the giveaway!
This looks AMAZING… I can’t wait to try it! And the gift basket looks fabulous 🙂
Thanks entered and this looks hot chocolate recipe looks like a great treat for the whole family to try!
I’d love to give this recipe a try! I know our whole family would love this, its sounds like the perfect sweet treat!
I could really go for an iced hot chocolate! Looks soo good!
I’ve never tried agave, but this recipe what makes that change. I love it – looks so yummy – and know I want to make it.
Thank you so so much for the giveaway, and for sharing more about the fair trade!
Make it with cold brew ice cubes, for a nice twist to this awesome recipe (individualized).