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French Hot Chocolate

  • Author: Rebecca Neidhart, adapted from David Lebovitz
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x


For a richer, less sweet cup of hot chocolate, try the French variety! French hot chocolate is smooth and luxurious, with a depth of flavor and a unique consistency.


  • 1 cup (8 oz.) whole milk
  • 2.5 oz. (65 g) dark chocolate, high-quality, about 70%
  • 24 Tbsp. brown sugar (optional)
  • A pinch of sea salt ( optional)


In a small pot heat the milk over medium-low until steaming and hot. Add the chopped chocolate and whisk it until it’s melted and completely combined with the milk.

If you want thicker hot chocolate, continue to stir and let it simmer for another 3-4 minutes. Taste it and see if you would like it to be sweeter. Add the brown sugar according to taste, making sure to stir it until it has completely dissolved.

Whisk in the vanilla extract and serve immediately.



  • Many people think that the thick, creamy texture of French hot chocolate comes from whipping cream. However, you should actually use whole milk, which makes it a lot less heavy of a drink. Simply simmer it a bit longer for a thicker consistency.
  • I stuck to the original recipe from David Lebovitz pretty closely. However, I did opt to cut the recipe in half to make two servings (it can easily be doubled or tripled for more people).
  • A pinch of sea salt also lends a nice balance to the richness of the chocolate.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5-10 minutes
  • Category: Drinks & Beverages
  • Method: Stovetop Cooking
  • Cuisine: French

Keywords: french hot chocolate, hot drinks, chocolate