Dec 15 2021 - 10:25am

French Hot Chocolate

Original Recipe


A high-quality chocolate bar is best for this recipe. Avoid chocolate chips, which often contain extra ingredients that will make the drink less intense. Also, after chopping the chocolate, save the leftover pieces and shavings to garnish the finished beverage. Want to make this drink dairy-free? Simply swap the whole milk for your favorite (unflavored) plant-based milk and use dairy-free whipped cream.

French Hot Chocolate Recipe


  1. 1 1/4 cups whole milk (or plant-based milk)
    4 ounces bittersweet chocolate (60% or 70%), finely chopped
    1 to 3 tablespoons brown sugar (optional)
    1/8 teaspoon espresso powder (optional)
    Pinch of sea salt
    Whipped cream, for topping
    Chocolate shavings, for topping


  1. In a small skillet over medium-low heat, warm the milk. Avoid bringing it a boil.
  2. Add the chopped chocolate and whisk until melted.
  3. Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, or until thick.
  4. Whisk in the brown sugar, salt, and espresso powder.
  5. If the hot chocolate is too thick for your liking, add a bit of milk.
  6. Pour into small cups and top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
  7. Enjoy!

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