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French Hot Chocolate

One of my fondest memories of Paris was sipping a cup of thick, dark hot chocolate at one of their patisseries. French hot chocolate is velvety smooth, rich, decadent and almost the consistency of molten hot chocolate. It is meant to be sipped slowly and savored. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 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


  • 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
  • You can also use instant coffee powder. You can also omit the espresso powder, but it intensifies the chocolate flavor.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1/2 cup: 226 calories, 16g fat (10g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 43mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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