Cocoa Nib Frappe

Total Time:
4 hr 55 min
20 min
Inactive Prep:
4 hr 30 min
5 min
Four 7-ounce servings (28 ounces)


  • 1 ounce cocoa nibs
  • 16 ounces whole milk
  • 6 ounces 65-percent to 70-percent bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 3 ounces sugar
  • 2 ounces water
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 ounces whole milk, half-and-half or brewed coffee, for serving


Pulse the cocoa nibs in a spice grinder 3 to 4 times until the nibs are coarsely chopped. Place the nibs in a 1-quart microwave-safe measuring cup and add the 16 ounces of milk. Microwave on high for 3 to 4 minutes or until the milk reaches 160 degrees F. Steep at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine the chocolate, sugar, water and salt in the carafe of a 1-liter French press. Set aside.

After steeping, return the nib-milk mixture to the microwave and heat on high for 2 minutes until it simmers or reaches 185 degrees F. Strain the hot nib-milk mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into the French press carafe. Set aside for 1 minute, and then stir to combine the chocolate and milk. Pump the plunger of the French press 10 to 15 times to froth and aerate. Pour the mixture into a standard ice cube tray and freeze until solid, 3 to 4 hours or overnight.

Combine the frozen hot chocolate cubes with the 4 ounces of