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.”
Authentic French Hot Chocolate
|Prep time||10 minutes|
|Cook time||5 minutes|
|Total time||15 minutes|
|Meal type||Beverage, Breakfast, 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.