Dairy Queen's Frozen Hot Chocolate Has Officially Returned For 2021

A popular holiday treat at Dairy Queen is back on the official menu. The ice cream and burger chain announced the return of the Frozen Hot Chocolate, November 5 on Twitter. If you're the kind of person who scoffs at the over-the-top custom cold-drink orders that drive the baristas crazy at Starbucks, Dairy Queen's Frozen Hot Chocolate is a breath of fresh simplicity: DQ's vanilla soft serve blended with cocoa fudge and topped with whipped cream and a little chocolate drizzle (via Taste of Home).

Now that Dairy Queen's Frozen Hot Chocolate is back on the big menu board in an official capacity, you can be sure you're getting the real deal. It turns out the Frozen Hot Chocolate is a popular Dairy Queen secret menu item all year round, per HackTheMenu. This makes sense. While hot chocolate goes perfectly with the winter holidays — something to keep Jack Frost from nipping at your nose, after all — the "frozen" enables people to enjoy hot chocolate flavor in the hot summer months, too.

You can order Dairy Queen's Frozen Hot Chocolate all year, off the secret menu

Some Dairy Queen menu hacks create a watered-down version of the Frozen Hot Chocolate that might not live up to the full, creamy richness of the real deal. HackTheMenu says to order your secret menu Frozen Hot Chocolate as a hot chocolate with chopped ice. But it's not a true DQ Frozen Hot Chocolate without the soft serve. Here's a better way to hack the menu and get your Frozen Hot Chocolate any time of year (via Instagram): Just order a Moo Latte with no coffee. For now, though, just put a pin in that idea. As we already mentioned, the Frozen Hot Chocolate is officially on Dairy Queen's menu for a limited time.

The Frozen Hot Chocolate at Dairy Queen can only be described as an indulgence. In other words, drink responsibly. (Well, it's frozen, so spoon responsibly.) A medium-sized Frozen Hot Chocolate has 750 calories and 88 grams of sugar. The American Heart Association recommends no more than 24 grams of sugar for most women and 36 grams of sugar for most men, in order to reduce the risk of obesity (via Harvard School of Public Health). That caveat aside, everyone deserves an indulgence every once in a while.