Friday, 20 January 2012

French Food Friday....Chocolat Chaud

One thing that I've noticed, whilst living in France, is that the French adore drinking hot chocolate. Chocolat chaud, as hot chocolate is called in France, is divine. and for some reason or another tastes better when drunk in France as opposed to drinking it in other countries.

It’s thick (but not too thick), creamy, rich, and full of flavour. It touches upon the perfect balance so that you can drink an entire cup and not feel sick to your stomach. Absolutely délicieux.

Hot Chocolate/Chocolat Chaud

Makes 2 servings


1 ½ cups whole milk

2 ½ Tbsp. water

2 ½ Tbsp. granulated sugar

3 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

1. In a medium saucepan, combine the milk, water, and sugar.
2. Place over medium heat and whisk occasionally until the sugar is dissolved.
3. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring the mixture just to a boil.
4. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the chocolate. At this point, blend the mixture. If you have an immersion blender, you can do this directly in the saucepan; if not, you’ll need to transfer it to a traditional blender. Either way, blend for 1 minute (on high speed, if using a traditional blender – and take care as hot liquids expand when blended). The finished mixture should be very smooth and frothy.
5. Serve immediately.

Note: Leftover hot chocolate (should there be any left!) can be stored in the refrigerator for 2 days. Reheat it gently over low heat, stirring occasionally, until hot. Blend for 1 minute and then serve immediately.

Bonne fin de semaine à tous....Leeann x


  1. I agree Leeann - it does taste a whole lot better in France!

    At home I add a little finely grated nutmeg to mine - mmmm sooo yummy!!!

    Have a wonderful weekend!


  2. I cannot believe I don't have any bittersweet chocolate in the house....I don't have ANY chocolate. and the shops are shut!!!
    I am going to have to wait until tomorrow to try will be a long night!!!

  3. Absolutely true - hot chocolate is always so much more delicious when drunk in France especially in a traditional bowl.

  4. I could just do with this right now, perfect I always remember drinking hot chocolate in Paris nothing like it.

  5. I LOVE chocolat chaud, fondue au chocolat, anything with chocolat. Can't wait to taste your recipe.

  6. I believe that why hot chocolate tastes so good to Americans visiting France is because they are used to the poor quality supermarket chocolate. It tastes gritty and sour as compared to even ordinary French or Swiss.
    I love the way they make it only slightly sweet and always include a sugar with the cup. The choice of sweetener is good for those of us who don't use sugar.
    I have to use Splenda to make mine since I have diabetes, but it is still delicious.
    Using 70% Swiss chocolate is my choice.

  7. I love your recipes, thanks for sharing!

  8. Trying this today! Love hot chocolate, and this looks divine.

  9. Oh, I agree with you about hot chocolate in France. When we were in Paris a few years, I treated myself to a cup. It was wonderful. (I'm treating myself now with Coldstone Creamery and dreaming of sidewalk cafes.)

  10. Thank you for the recipe. I think I will attempt it this weekend. Sounds fabulous! The hot chocolate will go great with the snowstorm we have rolling in.
    Have a great weekend,

  11. I will try this in our restaurant, I will let you know the response. Thank you so much for sharing. What a beautiful space you have created my very first visit here I will follow on my way out so I know my path back here. Perhaps you will find the time to come visit me soon and do the same. I look forward to engaging more throughout the year and beyond. Take care. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

  12. Dearest Leeann,

    Oh, we drink it daily but for me no sugar, being diabetic II. Still it is enjoyable far better even than the 'sweet' variation as it takes away from the chocolate taste. I therefore also love dark chocolate, like my Dad. Most people however love the milk (sweeter) chocolate.
    Love to you and stay cozy!


  13. Super Yummy! Thank you so much for posting!

  14. I just book-marked this! Going to use the recipe tomorrow night with my boyfriend :)

    XX Kathryn

  15. Water, of course! That must be the secret to great homemade hot chocolate...I usually just use sugar, milk, and chocolate, but it usually ends up way too strong/sweet and or a little bitter. Thanks for sharing, will definitely be trying this.

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