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Hot Chocolate Floats Are a Spin on a Classic Drink

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Floats were always a big thing in my childhood - when my dad pulled out the ice cream and some cream soda, I knew it was going to be a good night! You just can't go wrong when it comes to combining some favorite sweet tooth treats.

This recipe for Hot Chocolate Floats has the same concept as the classic, just substitute soda for hot chocolate and you're on the right track! This version has an adults'-only kick with some Bailey's - feel to free to take this out if you're making these for the little ones.

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For the hot chocolate float

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 ounces chocolate chips

For the Bailey's whipped cream

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon icing sugar
  • 1 ounce Bailey's

For topping

  • 2 tablespoons chocolate sauce, for serving
  • Vanilla ice cream, for serving
  • Chocolate shavings, for serving


Bring milk to a simmer in small saucepan over medium heat.

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Whisk in cocoa powder and sugar and stir until no lumps remain.

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Stir in chocolate chips and vanilla and cook, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate is completely melted. Turn off heat.

To make the Bailey's whipped cream, whisk ingredients together until fluffy soft peaks form.

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Pour chocolate sauce in a small dish. Dip cups in the chocolate to rim the cup.

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Pour hot chocolate into each glass, then top with a scoop of ice cream, Bailey's whipped cream, and some chocolate shavings.

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