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French Hot Chocolate (Parisian Hot Chocolate)

French Hot Chocolate is a decadently thick and creamy hot chocolate also know as Parisian Hot Chocolate or Chocolate Chaud made with heavy cream and dark chocolate. It's perfect for sipping on a chilly winter day. 
Course Beverages
Cuisine French
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 516kcal


  • 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.


  • You may use any kind of chocolate you like, but dark chocolate lends the most intense flavour to this French Hot chocolate. I used Lindt 70% dark chocolate but Ghiradelli or Godiva are great options too.
  • 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.


Calories: 516kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 75mg | Potassium: 589mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 635IU | Calcium: 199mg | Iron: 7mg