French Hot Chocolate Recipe

Several months ago I had the opportunity to spend a week in Paris with a few friends. Traveling with a group of sweet-tooths, and noticed that hot chocolate is a thing in Paris.

It’s everywhere.

Cafes. Bakeries. Sandwich shops. Chocolatiers. Tea shops.

If you need a warm luxurious mug of French Hot Chocolate while in Paris, you can find one within a block or two, no doubt.

Luxury is the prominent feeling when experiencing French Hot Chocolate for the first time.

It’s not thin and cocoa powder based, like most American hot chocolates.

The Parisian variation, known as Chocolat Chaud, is most definitely a dense drinking chocolate. Thinner than chocolate fondue or liquid ganache… Yet not by much.

French Hot Chocolate Recipe
Ah this looks so delicious and the mugs are so cute!

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes


  •     1/2 cup whole milk
  •     whipped cream, optional
  •     1 tsp brown sugar , optional
  •     1 oz chopped dark chocolate , at least 70%
  •     chocolate shavings, optional


  1. Heat milk in a small saucepan over medium low heat. Chop chocolate into small pieces.
  2. When the milk is warm, add chocolate and brown sugar. Stir until melted. Then bring the hot chocolate to a low simmer for 2-3 minutes or until thickened. Stir constantly.
  3. Pour into a small cup and top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Enjoy!