No matter where you live, you can easily make and enjoy this French hot chocolate within minutes. Forget the powders, the mixes, the annoying little clumps, this classic dark hot chocolate contains just 2 ingredients to create the perfect balance of creaminess.
I love chocolate and have always been a big fan of chocolate. If you ever come to my home, I have a section where I keep my chocolate collection from regular chocolate to chocolates with unique flavors, such as dodol, kimchi, rendang, and so much more. And I can proudly say I have quite a collection of chocolate recipes on the blog.
But today, it’s all about hot chocolate. French hot chocolate. One of the best chocolates I had that’s meant to be enjoyed slowly.
What is French hot chocolate
French hot chocolate is a drinking chocolate that is velvety smooth, rich, decadent, and almost the consistency of a molten chocolate bar. It’s literally drinking chocolate and not another hot chocolate recipe. Hence, the beauty of French hot chocolate comes from top-quality chocolate, and not heavy cream.
What is the difference between drinking chocolate and hot chocolate
Drinking chocolate is made with full-fat chocolate or a cup of pure chocolate combined with water or milk. However, hot chocolate is a mix of hot cocoa.
This dark hot chocolate recipe is for true chocolate lovers!
- Chocolate. Good-quality dark or bittersweet chocolate, such as Guittard, Ghirardelli, or Godiva
- Milk. I use whole milk
- Optional: maple syrup or sugar to add more sweetness
- Marshmallow. You can’t go wrong with this classic topping
How to make French hot chocolate
Heat the milk in a saucepan. When the milk is warm, remove from heat and whisk in the chocolate and maple syrup. Keep stirring until the chocolate is melted.
How to thicken hot chocolate
For a thicker hot chocolate consistency, return the chocolate to heat and continue whisking for 3 minutes at low heat…or add more chocolate!
Dairy-free version of hot chocolate
To make it a dairy-free version, I recommend using full-fat coconut milk to substitute the milk.
Can I use water instead of milk?
In a short answer, real chocolate needs milk. So, no!
Milk chocolate vs. dark chocolate
Milk chocolate will be too sweet; hence, I recommend using dark or bittersweet chocolate.
This French hot chocolate is the perfect cozy drink to warm you up on a chilly day! It’s made with just 2 ingredients and makes a cozy drinkable treat.
French Hot Chocolate
- 4 cups whole milk
- ¾ – 1 cup goor quality dark chocolate
- Marshmallows for topping
- In a small saucepan, heat milk over medium heat until bubbles form around the pan. Remove from heat; whisk in dark chocolate until melted. Serve in mugs with marshmallows.