Everyone loves chocolate. According to surveys, chocolate is the most popular flavour in the world alongside vanilla for drinks and desserts. This explains why iced chocolate is a crowd – favourite. A lot of restaurants and cafes in Singapore have added iced chocolate to their menus. Even most coffee shops are now serving iced chocolate as part of their growing “non – coffee” options.
However, instead of buying iced chocolate, you can simply make it yourself. Wanna know how you can make this delicate and delicious drink? Keep on scrolling.
What Is Iced Chocolate?
If you look on the internet, there are tons of iced chocolate variations and recipes, so it is a little difficult to properly define what is an iced chocolate. To put it simply, iced chocolate is a cold chocolate flavoured drink which usually also contains milk and other sweeteners. It is rich, velvety, refreshing, and downright delicious.
When Is The Best Time To Drink Iced Chocolate?
You can enjoy iced chocolate anytime and anywhere. It is especially great for drinking on sunny days. People who live in hot – climate countries, such as Singapore, will find iced chocolate as the perfect cold and sweet drink to refresh the body and provide a little extra boost.
Iced Chocolate Ingredients
For our iced chocolate recipe, you will need to prepare 5 main ingredients beforehand:
Milk will serve as the base of this beverage. We recommend you use full cream milk as this helps create a better texture for your drink. However, you can also use plant – based milk alternatives such as soy milk, oat milk, cashew milk, or almond milk. Using a plant – based milk is a great option if you are vegan or have issues with digesting dairy.
Cocoa or Cacao Powder
A lot of people confuse cocoa and cacao powder as the same thing, despite them having some key differences. Cacao powder is a pure powder made from unfermented roasted beans, has a more ‘authentic’ chocolate flavour, and does not contain additional ingredients. On the other hand, cocoa powder is manufactured using much higher temperatures, often has additives such as sugar, and tastes sweeter. Keep in mind these differences when choosing your powder.
You can’t make a cold beverage without ice cubes! They are essential for ensuring a nice and chilly drink. However, make sure you do not add too many ice cubes or your drink will end up diluted, watery, and bland.
The cocoa / cacao powder you use may be a bit bitter, so it is always a wise idea to add a bit of sweetener to balance the flavour. Some popular choices for sweeteners include maple syrup, simple syrup, coconut sugar, etc.
Before making the drink cold, you will first need to mix the powder, milk, and sweetener. This is why you need hot water; to make sure your mixture blends well and does not have ‘clumps’ in them.
Some people like to add other optional ingredients to spice up their iced chocolate. Some popular iced chocolate additives include cinnamon, vanilla, cardamom, salt, and tahini. You can add these ingredients to the hot water mixture. Once the drink is served, you can also add ice cream or whipped cream on top as toppings.
Our Tasty Iced Chocolate Recipe
Quantity of ingredients needed:
- 1 cup of your preferred milk (our pick: full cream milk)
- ⅓ cup of boiled water
- 2 teaspoons of cacao or cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons of your preferred sweetener (our pick: maple syrup)
- 4 ice cubes per serving glass
Quantity of optional ingredients:
- ¼ teaspoon of cardamom
- ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon of vanilla essence
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of tahini
Steps to make a delicious iced chocolate beverage:
- Add your boiled hot water, cocoa / cacao powder, and optional ingredients into a large container (glass, bowl, etc).
- Mix thoroughly using a spoon until all the ingredients blend together without clumps.
- Add your ice cubes into all the serving glass
- Pour the hot chocolate mixture into the serving glass
- Add your preferred milk and sweetener into the serving glass
- Whisk well
- Serve immediately