French Hot Chocolate is a decadently thick and creamy hot chocolate also known as Parisian Hot Chocolate or Chocolat Chaud. It’s made with heavy cream and dark chocolate, so it’s a perfect treat for special treats!
My hot chocolate recipe collection is growing fast and furiously thanks to the awesome Hot Chocolate Extravaganza that I’m running on my blog these days. Whether it’s this Three-Ingredient Creamy Homemade White Hot Chocolate, or pretty Purple Velvet Hot Chocolate or this citrusy Orange Hot Chocolate that you first choose to make, I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed!
Welcome to the first hot chocolate recipe in I Knead to Eat’s Hot Chocolate Extravaganza!
This French Hot Chocolate is the ultimate hot chocolate recipe for all you die hard chocolate fans out there. French Hot Chocolate or Chocolat Chaud is basically drinking hot chocolate. I mean have you ever dreamt of having a fountain of chocolate? Well, this is kind of better, because this is like drinking a thick river of dark chocolate. Okay, that sounds weird. Weird but totally awesome! 😀
And it’s also like a chocolate hug. It seeps through you enveloping you into a warm hug that totally tastes and smells like chocolate. I’m just so weird right? Please keep being friends with me. Lol.
What is I Knead to Eat’s Hot Chocolate Extravaganza?
This year, I decided to finally give in to my chocolate obsession, and not make one, not two but TEN HOT CHOCOLATE RECIPES for you guys. Winter is my favorite time of the year, and that’s mainly because of hot chocolate. So take out your cocoa powder and heavy cream, because for the next 10 days I’m going to be posting hot chocolate recipes everyday! And it’s going to be lots of fun. 🙂
What is French Hot Chocolate?
French Hot Chocolate (Parisian Hot Chocolate) is unlike any hot chocolate you’ll have ever tried. It’s not made from cocoa powder. Instead it’s made from real chocolate and heavy cream is also used to give it a thick consistency. It also has a very intense, rich chocolate flavor, unlike drinking chocolate.
About this French Hot Chocolate aka Parisian Hot Chocolate
This French Hot Chocolate is a very indulgent drink, with a few ingredients. Since we’re only using a handful of ingredients in this recipe, it’s essential to use good quality ingredients. We want the chocolate to shine here, so I would strongly recommend using a high quality dark chocolate. I used Lindt Dark Chocolate (70%).
To bring out the flavor of the chocolate even more, add a teaspoon of instant coffee or espresso powder. It won’t taste of coffee I promise. The coffee will intensify the flavor of chocolate.
How do you make French Hot Chocolate / Parisian Hot Chocolate?
- Start by chopping the dark chocolate into chunks. We don’t need to go too fine because it’s just going to melt anyway.
- Then in a medium saucepan, combine the milk and heavy cream, and gently heat. Add the coffee and whisk well.
- Finally add the chopped dark chocolate and continuously whisk until the chocolate has completely melted and the hot chocolate is a thick mixture.
Notes & Tips for making French Hot Chocolate
- Use good quality dark chocolate. I used Lindt, but any high quality brand such as Godiva or Ghirardelli should work great too. You may go for milk chocolate if that’s your liking, but dark chocolate brings out the most intense flavor.
- Always keep the heat medium low while making hot chocolate. We don’t want the milk and cream to boil, just simmering is good.
- You may skip the coffee if you want, but it does intensify the chocolate flavor in this French Hot Chocolate.
French Hot Chocolate (Parisian Hot Chocolate)
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon instant coffee or espresso powder
- 4 ounces dark chocolate I used Lindt 70% - See notes
- Gently heat the milk and heavy cream in a medium sized saucepan, and then add the coffee and dark chocolate.
- Continuously whisk until the dark chocolate completely melts and the French Hot chocolate thickens. We don’t want to boil this mixture, so keep the heat medium low.
- Remove from heat, and pour into mugs and serve immediately.
- Leftover French Hot Chocolate can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.