The French Hot Chocolate

If you have ever been to paris or somewhere in France and had that delicious Hot Chocolate I am sure that will enjoy making that simple recipe. the hot chocolate or “chocolat chaud” in france is a great breakfast or winter warmer beverage that simply has to be made from scratch if you really want to have the real experience.

Today I am happy to share you with the parisian breakfast chocolate infuse with vanilla and cinnamon.

The ingredients

  • half a liter of full cream milk
  • 100 grams of a premium quality dark chocolate bar (minimum 70% cocoa)
  • 1 or 2 pinch of sugar (optional)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • a teaspoon of premium quality vanilla essence
  • 1 tablespoon of pure cocoa powder (100% cocoa)
  • 1 pinch of salt


Making the base

  1. pour the milk into a sauce pan
  2. add the cinnamon stick and vanilla essence to the milk
  3. bring the milk to the boil
  4. when the milk start boiling turn the heat to very low and let simmer gently for 10 minutes
  5. 10 minutes later discard the cinnamon stick, add the cocoa powder and stir gently using a whisk.
  6. when done filter that chocolate base with a sieve and transfer in a clean pan.

Making the Hot chocolate:

  1. put the clean pan with the chocolate base back on the stove on low heat.
  2. crush the chocolate bar in small pieces and add the pieces to the milk.
  3. stir gently with a whisk making sure all of your chocolate pieces are melted.
  4. As soon as all the chocolate is melted, turn the heat off and keep stirring until you get a silky consistency.


That delicious hot chocolate as is or can be topped up with whipped cream if served in a mug.

other options:

  • if you want have a thicker creamier hot chocolate you can let the chocolate cook on low heat a bit longer after the chocolate pieces  are melted.
  • hot chocolate can be served at breakfast in a bowl with brioche toasts or just french baguette.

video demonstration below:


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