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A Real French Hot Chocolate Is A Chocolat Chaud for the Heart

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Real Hot Chocolate is Made With Real Chocolate

Chocolate is so much better when it is real. The authentic taste of true chocolate is a treasure to the palate. The intense smell and taste of good chocolate returns pleasurable memories time and time again, especially if you love chocolate. Give yourself the go ahead to enjoy chocolate in moderation because real dark chocolate can be a healthy addition to your daily eating plan. Chocolate can help with stress and is heart healthy among other benefits. Read my article on it here:  “Loving Chocolate: Give Yourself The Green Light To Move Forward.

The French and their mini-obsession with chocolate

The French adore chocolate. This is a cultural thing, les Français and their mini-obsession for le chocolat. It starts in France when you are a young child for your breakfast. French kids drink chocolat chaud in the morning. The afternoon snack or gouter is often a baguette and chocolate. French adults finish their big meals with a piece of chocolate and a small coffee. This special attachment to chocolate and France (where I live) was a great motivator for participating in this month’s Recipe Redux challenge because the theme is chocolate!

What is real chocolate?

That is my label for a dark chocolate that has a large amount of cacao. The higher the percentage of cacao the stronger the taste and the darker and healthier the chocolate. In France things have evolved. Hot chocolate is often made from a powdered mix although you can find some exceptions. Why not make your hot chocolate like in the “back to basics” former times? Enjoy this recipe for an authentic version. Real chocolate chaud is so easy to make. My only regret is that I didn’t discover this pleasure earlier! If you enjoy real chocolate recipes, you can discover another one here: “French Chocolate Gateau.”

Bon Appetit!

Authentic French Hot Chocolate

Serves 2
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 5 minutes
Total time 15 minutes
Allergy Milk
Meal type Beverage, Breakfast, Snack
Misc Serve Hot
Region French
This is an authentic hot chocolate recipe from France. It uses dark chocolate and added sugar is optional according to the individual's taste. A healthy drink for the morning or just as a satisfying snack.


  • 1 pint low fat milk
  • 3.5oz dark chocolate (minimum 60% to 70% cacao )
  • 2fl oz heavy cream (whipped ahead of time or can use canned whipped cream)
  • sugar (optional ingredient to be added individually to hot chocolate according to person's taste)


The beauty of this recipe is in its simplicity and real taste of chocolate. An authentic version to how hot chocolate was made before we had powdered chocolate. As in France, you serve this beverage with optional added sugar on the side, similar to how you serve a coffee.  Each person adds sugar as per their taste. Personally, this French "chocolate chaud", or hot chocolate is just perfect without adding sugar.



Step 1
Warm half of the milk in a casserole without bringing to a boil.
Step 2
Separate chocolate into small pieces. Save one small piece for grating chocolate on topping at end.
Step 3
Put chocolate pieces into warm milk.
Step 4
Heat slowly over low fire being sure the chocolate melts completely into milk.
Step 5
Once chocolate is melted, add rest of milk and heat slowly, mixing constantly.
Step 6
Either serve immediately with topped whipped heavy cream or add the heavy cream in at this time to warm milk.
Step 7
If adding heavy cream to warm milk before serving, mix cream slowly into chocolate mix and stir gently over low fire.
Step 8
If serving with topped whipped cream, grate slivers of chocolate on top of cream.

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8 Responses to A Real French Hot Chocolate Is A Chocolat Chaud for the Heart

  1. Joseph Chance Watkinsjispe February 17, 2015 at 17:55 #

    Wow, this looks very nice. Thanks for sharing the recipe with us; Jesus Christ Bless you! 🙂

  2. Liz - Meal Makeover Mom February 27, 2012 at 15:53 #

    France! You are so lucky. I think everything tastes better there 🙂 Love your homemade hot chocolate recipe. Yum!!

    • mbrighton February 27, 2012 at 22:07 #

      Hi Liz, Merci! Love your site, mealmakeovermoms! Continued success.

  3. Regan @ The Professional Palate February 22, 2012 at 01:30 #

    Ah… to be in France enjoying a cup of this right now. What a lovely post!

  4. Janel February 21, 2012 at 20:32 #

    I love adding a little spice like chipotle and cinnamon to my hot chocolate too. Yours looks so good! Maybe I’ll try with thick coconut milk.


  1. Mary Brighton - December 26, 2012

    It is cold, windy, snowy, rainy here in Jersey. So easy to make this authentic hot chocolate that warms up your…

  2. JeanieJones-Robinson - February 21, 2012

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  3. Suzanne Saxe-R, Ed.D - February 21, 2012

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