I've had a ton of friends and family recently visit Las Vegas, but alas, I've been left behind each time, so I do the next best thing - recreating famous recipes by the ultra fancy Vegas restaurants. While I don't have the gold for Serendipity's extravagant Golden Opulence Sundae (the Guinness record holder for most expensive sundae at $1000!), I couldn't resist making Serendipity's other famous dessert - their Frozen Hot Chocolate!
It's the perfect treat for summer - it's getting hot here in Texas, and alas, my AC has un-serendipitously broken down just now. It's ginormous enough to share, or you can keep it all the delicious chocolate, ice, and cream to yourself - it's that's delicious!
Serendipity /serənˈdipədē/ (noun) - the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy way.
Mom says everyone has their "mia" or fate. You can do what you wish, but some are destined for a hard life and some are destined for a lucky life. I'm not quite sure if I believe in true serendipity; regardless, I like to think I've gotten more of the lucky side (not to jinx myself!).
Now is the time we're preparing for residency applications - as I've looked over my CV, my personal statement, and life, everything was a result of definitely hard work, yes, but also an insane amount of serendipity. If there's one thing I'm good at, it's creating my own luck (which, I suppose, contradicts the very definition of serendipity lol).
My advice for creating luck, whether in medical school or just in life: Find what you love. Find great mentors. Find a support network so you stay sane. Then go forth [insert hard work] and conquer!
Serendipity recipe has been released after 50 years, so here's my adapted version!
Serendipity's Frozen Hot Chocolate
6 oz chocolates (I used Trader Joe's 72% dark), chopped
2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 cups whole milk
3 cups ice
Chocolate shavings and pirouette wafers, to garnish
Combine your chopped chocolate, cocoa, sugar, and milk in a small pot over medium heat, stirring until melted and blended. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
In a blender, blend the chocolate mixture and ice together until smooth (like a frozen daiquiri). Pour into a goblet/bowl and top generously with whipped cream. Garnish with chocolate shavings and pirouettes wafers. Enjoy!