Craving hot chocolate? You’ll love this super easy, rich, silky French hot chocolate! All you need is 2 ingredients and about 5 minutes to feel like you’re in a Parisian cafe.
A few days ago I got a huge chocolate craving — but a piece of chocolate just wasn’t going to do it. And I wanted something warm and comforting.
I usually make tea in the afternoons (Dutch fresh mint tea, London Fog, and this German lemon, ginger, mint tea are 3 of my favorites) but I decided to splash out and make French style hot chocolate for one instead – the kind made from a real chocolate bar.
That little cup of hot chocolate made an unusually wet and dreary day SO much better!
If you’re looking for an easy yet luxurious chocolate treat, I highly recommend this rich, velvety French Hot Chocolate.
It only takes a few minutes to make and tastes a thousand times better than anything out of a packet.
It even tastes amazing at room temperature or chilled — by then it’s like a silky chocolate pudding. You can even turn it into creamy chocolate ice pops. Scroll all the way down for that recipe.
This recipe is for one serving of hot chocolate (because I usually make it just for myself, as my husband doesn’t like it as much as I do) but you can easily double, triple or quadruple the recipe.
This French Hot Chocolate is best served in a small cup–it’s so thick and rich that you don’t need more than a small amount to satisfy your chocolate craving!
I like to top my hot chocolate with a spoonful of whipped cream and either these chocolate sprinkles or chocolate curls. If I’m serving it to guests I like to add a sprig of mint.
But it’s also delicious on its own without any toppings at all.
What You Need to Make French Hot Chocolate
- Dark chocolate (at least 70% dark)
- Milk (I use 2% or whole milk)
- Brown sugar (optional, sometimes I make it without)
- Whipped cream (optional topping)
- Chocolate curls, chocolate sprinkles, mint (optional)
- Cutting board
- Small saucepan
- Spoon (or whisk)
- Scale or measuring cups/spoons
- Small cup for serving
How to Make Hot Chocolate
Heat the milk over medium low heat. Don’t let it boil.
Chop the dark chocolate, add it to the warmed milk, and stir.
Add the brown sugar, if using. Stir or whisk until the sugar is dissolved and the chocolate is melted and well combined with the milk.
Bring the hot chocolate to a low simmer and stir continuously for 2-3 minutes or until the hot chocolate thickens.
Give your hot chocolate a taste. If you’d like it sweeter, add more brown sugar. If it’s good as-is, pour the hot chocolate into a cup and add a generous dollop of whipped cream. Top with chocolate curls or sprinkles.
Ahhh, such a delicious treat!
French Hot Chocolate Recipe for One
Looking for another easy and delicious French recipe? Try my French Milles Crepes cake!
Too Hot for Hot Chocolate?
Make rich and creamy French Hot Chocolate Paletas!
I’ve been on a paletas (ice pops) kick lately, and after making strawberry cream, lemon curd, and Rote Grütze paletas, I was looking at the French Hot Chocolate I’d just made and I thought, I bet this would make excellent paletas!
So I let it cool a bit and then poured it into my my favorite popsicle molds and stuck them in the freezer for a couple hours.
I was right! So good!
These paletas are creamy and super chocolatey. The perfect dessert on a hot summer night.
My husband and I each had one tonight and I’m exercising extreme restraint right now in not going to the freezer to have another!
To make French Hot Chocolate paletas, make the recipe above and let it cool a bit. Then pour into popsicle molds and freeze until set.
And then try not to eat them all in one night. 🙂
The recipe above is for 1 portion of hot chocolate, which for my popsicle molds equals about 1 ice pop.
Whether you enjoy your French Hot Chocolate hot or cold, enjoy this rich velvety treat!