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French Hot Chocolate Recipe

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!
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time12 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: French
Servings: 6
Calories: 346kcal
Author: Sommer Collier


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Stir until the chocolate comes to a low simmer and the drinking chocolate is completely smooth and slightly thickened.
  • 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.



Serving: 4ounces | Calories: 346kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 43mg | Potassium: 323mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 425IU | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 2.4mg