With the Grammys behind us, it’s time to focus on another awards show, The Academy Awards. I decided to countdown to the Oscars, which air on February 27th, by nominating some great dishes for all of you to try. So, with twelve days before the big event, I’ve selected twelve recipes either directly from or inspired by, varying films. Nine of the films selected are either Oscar winners or Oscar nominees. The remaining three are selected from foodie films or food on film that I love.
My first recipe is in the “Honorable Mention” category. This film was never nominated for an Oscar, but if Best Frozen Beverage were a category, it would be a sure contender. In the 2001 film Serendipity, Jonathan (John Cusack) and Sarah (Kate Beckinsdale) meet by chance doing some Christmas shopping at Bloomingdale’s. They then go to New York’s famed Serendipity 3 and enjoy a legendary Frrrozen Hot Chocolate where it is discovered that Sarah’s a big fan of fate and signs. It’s also discovered that they both have a significant other. They part ways, only to realize they have both left something behind in the ice cream bar and run into each other again retrieving their belongings. It’s a cute romantic comedy, the kind you could definitely enjoy while snuggling up to someone special, sipping on Frrrozen Hot Chocolate.
So, while Serendipity didn’t get an Oscar nod, it did inspire me to make the Frrrozen Hot Chocolate at home. This recipe, which the owners of Serendipity 3 refused to hand over to Jackie Kennedy herself, who wanted it served at a White House function, is now available in Sweet Serendipity: Delicious Desserts & Devilish Dish. I was lucky enough to find a copy in a used bookstore (serendipity, perhaps?), and have enjoyed making the amazing desserts, along with the “devilish dish.”
Serendipity 3’s Frrrozen Hot Chocolate
6 half-ounce pieces of your favorite chocolate (you can mix chocolates)
2 tsp. hot cocoa mix (store-bought is fine)
1 1/2 Tbs. sugar
1 1/2 cups milk
3 cups ice
Chop the chocolate into small pieces and place it in the top of a double boiler over simmering water. Stir occasionally until melted.
Add the hot chocolate mix and sugar and stir constantly until thoroughly blended.
Remove from the heat and slowly add 1/2 cup of the milk, stir until smooth.
Cool to room temperature.
Place the remaining cup of milk, the chocolate mixture, and the ice into a blender.
Blend on high-speed until it reaches the consistency of a frozen daiquiri.
Pour into a giant goblet and top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
Makes one gargantuan serving (which I split into 3 smaller servings).