A few days ago I got a huge chocolate craving but a piece of chocolate just wasn’t going to do it. I wanted something warm, you know?
I usually make tea in the afternoons (this Dutch fresh mint tea is one of my favorites) but I decided to splash out and make French style hot chocolate for one – 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 cold (then it’s like a silky chocolate pudding). Update: scroll all the way to the bottom for my review of this hot chocolate recipe in ice pop form!
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!
How to Make Hot Chocolate For One
For this French style hot chocolate you’ll need the following ingredients: dark chocolate (at least 70% dark) and whole milk. Brown sugar, whipped cream, and chocolate curls are delicious but optional additions .
First, heat the milk over medium low. I use whole milk because that’s what I usually have in my fridge and the hot chocolate comes out rich and creamy.
Then chop the dark chocolate, add to the warmed milk, and stir.
Add the brown sugar, if using. Stir until the sugar is dissolved and the chocolate is melted.
Bring 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.
Ahhh, such a delicious treat!
French Hot Chocolate Recipe for One
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 1 oz chopped dark chocolate , at least 70%
- 1 tsp brown sugar , optional
- whipped cream, optional
- chocolate shavings, optional
- Heat milk in a small saucepan over medium low heat. Chop chocolate into small pieces.
- 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.
- Pour into a small cup and top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Enjoy!
Too Hot for Hot Chocolate?
Make 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!