Real French Hot Chocolate - European Sipping Chocolate

4 servings
8 min

This French sipping chocolate only needs 4 ingredients and 10 minutes to make! It's rich, intense, creamy, and incredibly decadent. It’s the best hot chocolate you’ll ever taste! Trust me - it tastes like heaven!

It's not a secret that the French seriously know what they're doing when it comes to food and this hot delight is no exception. If you ask the French about the importance of chocolate, they’d say that sipping is the best way to enjoy it - it’s both a dessert and a beverage that way!


Often associated with moments of comfort and softness, one of the most popular winter drinks is hot chocolate (hot cocoa, or chocolate tea as they call it in Nigeria).

However, while this is primarily a cold-weather recipe, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy this luxury in the warmer months too.I mean, you wouldn’t stop drinking tea or coffee just because it’s summer, so why give up a good, proper European hot chocolate?

It warms our body and heart in the cold season, which is why depriving ourselves of it can be a slimming resolution difficult to keep.You are going to be fulfilled because this drink has wonderful benefits. Not only does it keep you warm, but it can also improve your overall health.


The dark chocolate itself is rich in antioxidants that help prevent heart disease and premature aging. It may even lower your risk of cancer as they fight free radicals in your body.

Real French Hot Chocolate - European Sipping Chocolate

Recipe details

  • 4  servings
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 3 Minutes Total time: 8 min
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Ingredients


  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 8 ounces  bittersweet chocolate 60 to 70% cacao
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions


Heat the milk, heavy cream, and vanilla extract in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Do not allow the mixture to boil.
Remove the saucepan from the heat and whisk in the chocolate until melted. If needed, return the saucepan to low heat for the chocolate to melt completely.
Serve warm, in demitasse or espresso cups, topped with whipped cream and with a side of sparkling water if desired.

Tips

  • Unless Ghirardelli or Godiva, I do not recommend chocolate chips as they contain stabilizers and do not melt as well.
  • To benefit from all the benefits of cocoa, prefer organic dark rather than all other chocolates containing many more chemicals and less cocoa content.
  • Leftovers (if you have any) can be cooled to room temperature, then refrigerated in an airtight container or a mason jar. Reheat gently in the microwave or in a saucepan over low heat.
  • I suggest small servings of this French sipping chocolate as it is quite rich. Espresso cups (or demi-tasse) is a suitable option.

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Comments

  • Stc22423762 Stc22423762 on Oct 27, 2020

    With 2 1/2 cups of ingredients, how does this recipe yield 4 1/2 cups?

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    • MCH MCH on Oct 27, 2020

      It yields 4 demitasse servings

  • Betty Bailey Betty Bailey on Oct 27, 2020

    This recipe is delightfully smooth and rich! My family and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Thank you for sharing.

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