French Hot Chocolate

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 15 min.


2 servings

Updated: Nov. 02, 2023
One of my fondest memories of Paris is sipping a cup of thick, dark hot chocolate at one of the patisseries there. Parisian hot chocolate is velvety smooth, rich and decadent and almost the consistency of a molten chocolate bar. It is meant to be sipped slowly and savored. I bought Parisian espresso cups so we could enjoy this at home. — Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon


  • 2/3 cup 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon confectioners' sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon instant espresso powder, optional
  • 2 ounces dark chocolate candy bar, chopped
  • Whipped cream and chocolate shavings


  1. In a small saucepan, heat milk, cream, brown sugar, confectioners' sugar and, if desired, espresso powder over medium heat until bubbles form around sides of pan. Remove from heat. Whisk in dark chocolate until melted. Serve in mugs with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Espresso powder intensifies the chocolate flavor, but you may substitute coffee power or omit it altogether.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1/2 cup: 226 calories, 16g fat (10g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 43mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.