French Hot Chocolate Recipe

Luxurious French Hot Chocolate Recipe (Drinking Chocolate) | ASpicyPerspective.comThis simple 5-ingredient French Hot Chocolate Recipe, AKA Drinking Chocolate, is a Parisian favorite and a must-make for the holidays!

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Several months ago I had the opportunity to spend a week in Paris with a few friends. Traveling with a group of sweet-tooths, and noticed that hot chocolate is a thing in Paris.

It’s everywhere.

Cafes. Bakeries. Sandwich shops. Chocolatiers. Tea shops.

If you need a warm luxurious mug of French Hot Chocolate while in Paris, you can find one within a block or two, no doubt.

Chocolat Chaud - French Hot Chocolate Recipe (Drinking Chocolate) |

Luxury is the prominent feeling when experiencing French Hot Chocolate for the first time.

It’s not thin and cocoa powder based, like most American hot chocolates.

The Parisian variation, known as Chocolat Chaud, is most definitely a dense drinking chocolate. Thinner than chocolate fondue or liquid ganache… Yet not by much.

How to Make French Hot Chocolate Recipe (Drinking Chocolate) |

My French Hot Chocolate Recipe requires only five simple ingredients:

  • Good quality semisweet (or bittersweet) chocolate
  • Milk
  • Cream
  • Brown sugar
  • A little vanilla extract

I tried using only milk, only half & half, and then only heavy cream, but found this combination of both whole milk and heavy cream provides just the right consistency to rival any mugful I tasted in Paris.

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The key is to gently simmer and stir the ingredients until not a single unmelted speck of chocolate is present. The mixture must simmer until entirely smooth. Then it will thicken just a touch to the perfect velvety texture.

Amazing French Drinking Chocolate Recipe (Chocolat Chaud) |

This French Hot Chocolate Recipe is the perfect after dinner drink for your holiday feast.

Sip it by the fire for a romantic ending of a day (hopefully) filled with love and laughter.

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Love out drinking chocolate? Also try our decadent Drinking Caramel!

French Hot Chocolate Recipe |
4.88 from 8 votes

French Hot Chocolate Recipe

Prep Time
2 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
12 mins

French Hot Chocolate Recipe (Chocolat Chaud) Rich, dark, and silky, this Parisian style Drinking Chocolate is a thick, gourmet hot chocolate that is hard to put down!

Servings: 6
Nutrition Facts
French Hot Chocolate Recipe
Amount Per Serving (4 ounces)
Calories 346 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 37%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 43mg 2%
Potassium 323mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 27g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 21g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 8.5%
Calcium 12%
Iron 13.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • 8 ounces quality chocolate bars, semisweet or bittersweet
  • 1 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Break the chocolate into pieces and place in a sauce pot. Set the pot over medium-low heat and add the milk, cream, brown sugar, and vanilla extract.
  2. Stir until the chocolate comes to a low simmer and the drinking chocolate is completely smooth and slightly thickened.
  3. The drinking chocolate should be substantially thicker than classic hot chocolate, but not as thick as chocolate fondue. If it is too thin, simmer a little longer. If it is too thick, add another 1/4 cup milk. Ladle into mugs and enjoy immediately.

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  4. Constanceposted October 31, 2018 at 11:23 am Reply

    I just stumbled upon this recipe, I tried it immediately and as a French person… I loved it!
    I rarely had such nice hot chocolate before! I usually make hot chocolate with only chocolate, milk and sugar but the cream definitely adds a little something.
    I’ll make some again, for sure!

  5. mou eskimoposted September 29, 2018 at 1:10 am Reply

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  6. Shirley L Taylorposted August 31, 2018 at 6:03 pm Reply

    Hi, I was just hoping for some clarification as I’m dying to try this. Higher up you say what’s needed and it says ‘good quality semi-sweet chocolate’ and then in the actual recipe you call for ‘bittersweet chocolate’…which is it actually, as they are rather different things. Thanks!

    • Sommer Collierposted September 18, 2018 at 1:05 pm Reply

      Hi Shirley,

      Honestly, you can use either. Go with bittersweet chocolate, if you don’t have a huge sweet tooth, as it will cut down on the sugar. :)

  7. Dianeposted July 11, 2018 at 7:26 pm Reply

    What chocolate do you recommend? I don’t normally buy it fir baking so I’ve no idea what yo buy.

    • Sommer Collierposted July 20, 2018 at 12:03 am Reply

      Hi Diane,

      Just buy good quality bars, whatever brand you prefer. :)

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  9. Sharonposted December 30, 2017 at 12:54 am Reply

    I would only want to be making enough for one serving but I’m not sure I could successfully reduce the ingredient quantities so that it would taste good. If I made the full batch, or maybe even half a batch, could the rest be refrigerated and then heated?

    • Sommerposted January 9, 2018 at 9:45 pm Reply

      Hi Sharon,

      Absolutely! We reheat it all the time. :)

  10. Beverlyposted December 16, 2017 at 11:09 pm Reply

    Delicious….just a bit too sweet for me and I love sweet. Next time, I’ll either cut the amount of sugar or add more chocolate. 

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  13. SEO7Rposted May 10, 2017 at 1:46 am Reply

    Ah this looks so delicious and the mugs are so cute!

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  15. Leslie Sheppardposted February 7, 2017 at 1:13 pm Reply

    This is amazing! I’m wondering…would you suggest some appetizers to go with this super rich treat? I was looking at your Spiced Apple meatballs that looked delish, but wasn’t sure if they would play well together ; )

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  17. ellie jonesposted December 1, 2016 at 7:17 pm Reply

    I have being look for a long time for a hot cocoa that its creamy and amazing like the one of your recipe, so when I founded the pictures at Pinterest, holly cow! I finally made this hot cocoa and it is DI-VI-NE. Thank you SO much!!

    • Sommerposted December 6, 2016 at 8:44 am Reply

      Hi Ellie,

      YAY! I’m so happy you liked it. We make it more than we should this time of year. ;)

  18. Kalaposted November 22, 2016 at 10:52 pm Reply

    This looks amazing! Would it work the same with white chocolate? 

    • Sommerposted November 23, 2016 at 7:00 pm Reply

      Hi Kala,

      The consistency would be slightly different, but I don’t see why not. Let me know how it turns out if you try it!

  19. Siyanposted September 10, 2016 at 7:36 am Reply

    Thank You for this delicious recipe. I also added 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder along with Giant bowl of whipped cream, for serving to it and it was a lip smacking one.

    I have tried your mini banana cream pie and it was too good that my daughter Miya ask me to make it often.

    Last week I tried a chocolate brownie, and everyone loved it. I am sharing the link here if you wish to try the chocolate brownie:

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  22. Kristinposted March 13, 2016 at 8:50 am Reply

    AMAZING! Smooth, silky, delicious! Perfect treat on a cold day by the fireplace. 

  23. Patty Kposted February 20, 2016 at 2:45 pm Reply

    So incredibly silky!

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  25. Nutmeg Nannyposted February 9, 2016 at 10:51 am Reply

    This looks like pure chocolate deliciousness! Pass a glass my way!

  26. Emily @ Life on Foodposted February 9, 2016 at 7:22 am Reply

    Hot chocolate is a must have most days for me in the winter. It keeps me sane. This looks amazing!!

  27. Gaby Dalkinposted February 9, 2016 at 1:35 am Reply

    Melted chocolate is my weakness! This looks SO delicious!

  28. Mariaposted February 8, 2016 at 9:48 pm Reply

    Wow, so decadent!

  29. Marla Meridithposted February 8, 2016 at 10:56 am Reply

    I’m all about everything French! Bring on the hot chocolate!

  30. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted February 8, 2016 at 9:58 am Reply

    That looks so nice and thick and chocolaty and good! I want a cup right now!

  31. Naomiposted February 8, 2016 at 9:54 am Reply

    There is nothing like a good cup of hot chocolate like this one! 

  32. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted February 8, 2016 at 9:31 am Reply

    Sounds like the perfect treat to make for your Valentine! So gorgeous! 

  33. [email protected]posted February 8, 2016 at 6:04 am Reply

    I make this all the time but leave out the vanilla essence and heat cream  for daily use. I do top it with a dollop of cream sometimes. It is absolutely delicious! Be sure to use a very good quality dark chocolate for the most authentic taste.