Dairy-Free Iced Cocoa to Beat the Heat


This dairy-free iced cocoa recipe, with vegan frozen hot chocolate option, was originally shared with us by Cate O’Malley during her days running Sugar Savvy.

I’m not afraid to admit it.  I hate the heat.  Really, I can’t stand it.  My favorite seasons are Spring and Fall, with Summer a very distant fourth.  In New Jersey, unfortunately, weather-wise we tend to bypass Spring and hurtle top-speed for Summer, so when I saw an article on Iced Cocoa in the May/June issue of Midwest Living, I knew it was going to go into heavy rotation around here. Using a cocoa concentrate, ice, flavorings and whipped toppings, it’s the perfect treat to cool you down as the temperature starts climbing.

Dairy-Free Iced Cocoa Recipe with Vegan Frozen Hot Chocolate Option

Dairy-Free Iced Cocoa to Beat the Heat

This frozen hot chocolate recipe is very simple, but you do have to source your ingredients properly. Not all hot cocoa mixes are dairy-free, but many are. See my Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate Guide for loads of options. Or you can make your own to have on hand for iced cocoa emergencies. This Homemade Vegan Hot Cocoa Mix is easy, affordable, and shelf-stable.

Most syrups are dairy-free, but believe it or not, some do contain dairy! Consult my Guide to Dairy-Free Syrups & Sauces for all of your beverage needs.

And finally, the toppings. These are totally optional, but you can buy dairy-free whipped cream or make your own. Or top it with a scoop of dairy-free ice cream for a cocoa float!

Dairy-Free Iced Cocoa Recipe - also vegan and allergy-friendly

Special Diet Notes: Dairy-Free Iced Cocoa

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian. Just make sure you source ingredients that suit your dietary needs.

Dairy-Free Iced Cocoa (Frozen Hot Chocolate Option)
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For a special treat, serve this cool drink topped with dairy-free whipped topping or frozen dessert and dairy-free chocolate syrup.
Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1 serving
  • 1 single serving dairy-free instant hot cocoa mix (see post above)
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • Dairy-free milk beverage, as needed
  • 1 tablespoon amaretto, Kahlua, or vanilla flavored syrup (optional; can sub ½ teaspoon of your favorite flavor extract)
  1. Put the hot cocoa mix in a glass measuring cup. Add the hot water and whisk until smooth. Add enough milk beverage to reach ½ cup. Add the liqueur or syrup and whisk to combine.
  2. Serve over ice cubes.
Vegan Frozen Hot Chocolate: Place the iced cocoa in your blender and puree into a slushy.

Helpful Dairy-Free Guides

Hot Cocoa Mixes

Dairy-Free Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe with quick Vanilla Sugar plus Spice, Mocha, and Mint Variations!

Syrups & Sauces

Guide to Dairy-Free Syrups & Sauces for Coffee, Cocktails & More (includes Vegan Options) - with Torani, DaVinci, Big Train, Monin, and More

Whipped Cream

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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