Parisian Hot Chocolate

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Parisian Hot Chocolate

Parisian Hot Chocolate

Jan 5, 2018Recipes, Winter

I know, I know, I should be getting on board with the “New Year, New You” movement and put up a healthy vegetable recipe, but its cold!!!!!!  I know that it’s not that bad in the CSRA, but in East Tennessee people, it’s in the single digits…That means I have been mainlining soup and coffee, trying to keep all of my fingers and toes, but hey, a girl’s got to have a treat, even when she is coming off the holiday sugar fest, so voila Parisian hot chocolate.  It is the perfect little pick me up when faced with the bitter cold blah-ness that can be winter.  Au revoir for now from the frozen tundra.


2 cups (0.5L) whole milk
5 ounces (130g) bittersweet chocolate, (best-quality), finely chopped
optional: 2 tablespoons light brown sugar


1. Heat the milk in a medium-sized saucepan.
2. Once the milk is warm, whisk in the chocolate, stirring until melted and steaming hot. For a thick hot chocolate, cook at a very low boil for about 3 minutes, whisking constantly. Be careful and keep an eye on the mixture, as it may boil up a bit during the first moments.
3. Taste, and add brown sugar if desired.
Serve warm in small demitasse or coffee cups.

Note: This hot chocolate improves if made ahead and allowed to sit for a few hours. Rewarm before serving. I also like to add a few flecks of fleur de sel, the very good sea salt from Brittany.  **Taste first before adding salt**

When the winter chill comes to Paris, one of the great pleasures is sipping a cup of rich hot chocolate, le chocolat chaud, in a cozy café. But no matter where you live, you can easily make and enjoy the chocolatey taste of Paris at home.

Contrary to popular belief, Parisian hot chocolate is often made with milk rather than cream, and get its luxurious richness from lots of top-quality chocolate. This cup of chocolat chaud is deeply flavorful, but not over-the-top rich…so there’s no need to feel guilty indulging in a warm cup whenever, and wherever, you feel the need.