Choco-Ice; A Heat Wave Cool Down

For my husband's job we recently spent a wknd in Las Vegas. I have so many sensorial experiences in that city, often wondering - and legitimately feeling - just how the heck they made a destination of that nature out of a natural desert - and while I won't go into detail about what those exact thoughts were...I will say that I have seldom felt so much like the melting Wicked Witch of the West as I do when in Vegas. At one point as we were walking across a bridge conjoining Shake Shake in the New York-New York and our hotel, we were engulfed with incessant waves of hot air. That day temperatures reached 105 degrees Fahrenheit - brutal. I wanted nothing more than an iced chocolate.  

Closely related, but much healthier than the notorious frrrozen hot chocolate from Serendipity 3, WKND Chocolate has developed a recipe for normalizing body temperature and sanity after near meltdown.  

WKND Chocolate's Choco-Ice Serves 1 chocoholic:

  • 4-5 squares of WKND Chocolate 
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of cocoa powder 
  • 2/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup coconut water
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons coconut nectar or maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cordyceps mushroom powder (optional for an adaptogenic boost) 
  • 10-12 ice cubes 
  • cacao nibs 

In a double boiler, melt the chocolate squares (or disks, or chopped chocolate) with coconut milk, water, vanilla, sweetener, and powders. Remove liquid from heat and pour onto ice in the blender of your choice (I use the ice crush/milkshake function on the Blendtec), and top with the coconut water. This ensures that you are not heat-treating the coconut water and shocking out any nutrients. Once blended throughly, the frozen drink can be topped with nibs.