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French Hot Chocolate

Yield: 2 large, intense cups or 4 smaller ones
Prep Time:
3 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
8 mins
The most decadent dark hot chocolate recipe that tastes just like the French hot chocolate found in Paris cafés. Intense, rich, and absolute heaven for any chocolate lover. Recipe based off of the famous Café Angelina in Paris.


  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder — optional, but delicious for intensifying chocolate flavor
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate — at least 70%, chopped*
  • Giant bowl of whipped cream — for serving


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the whole milk, heavy cream, powdered sugar, and espresso powder until small bubbles appear around the edges. Do not allow the mixture to boil.
  2. Remove from saucepan from the heat and stir in the chopped chocolate until melted, returning the sauce to low heat if needed for the chocolate to melt completely. Serve warm, topped with lots of whipped cream.

Recipe Notes

  • *Choose the best quality chocolate you can, as the flavor really carries the drink. I love Guittard for a splurge, Ghirardelli, or Godiva, but the Trader Joe's Pound Plus 72% bar is quite good too. I do not recommend chocolate chips, as they contain stabilizers and do not melt as well.
  • Leftover French hot chocolate can be cooled to room temperature, then refrigerated in an airtight container (empty mason or jam jars work particularly well). Reheat gently the in the microwave or in a saucepan over low heat.
Course: Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: French
Keyword: French Hot Chocolate, Hot Chocolate Recipe

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 (of 4), without additional whipped cream) — Calories: 290, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Cholesterol: 43mg, Sodium: 75mg, Carbohydrates: 22g, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 17g, Protein: 7g

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