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French Hot Chocolate

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 15 min.


2 servings

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 a molten chocolate bar. It is meant to be sipped slowly and savored. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon
French Hot Chocolate Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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.

French Hot Chocolate Tips

What can I use instead of espresso powder?

Espresso powder intensifies the chocolate flavor, but you may substitute coffee powder 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.

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