Chocolat Chaud

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Ratings (17)
  • Total: 7 mins
  • Prep: 2 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: About 3 Cups (3 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
488 Calories
31g Fat
39g Carbs
12g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Try this rich chocolat chaud recipe, also known as French hot chocolate, for an over-the-top treat. For centuries, chocolate has been purported to hold great health benefits – it enhances circulation, improves the libido, gives energy, and has been used as a tonic for infectious disease and digestive disorders.

In 1643, Princess Maria Theresa of Spain brought a gift of chocolate to France, a royal chocolate maker was employed, and chocolate has been a rage ever since.

Cook’s note: For a different flavor, use chopped bittersweet or white chocolate. Remember to choose a premium chocolate for the best chocolat chaud.


  • 6 ounces chocolate (semisweet, chopped)
  • 1/4 cup water (hot)
  • 3 tablespoons water (hot)
  • 3 cups milk (hot)
  • Sugar to taste
  • Garnish: whipped cream, chocolate curls

Steps to Make It

  1. Using a double boiler or a heat-safe glass bowl over simmering water, melt the chopped chocolate into ¼ cup of the water.

  2. Stir in the 3 tablespoons hot water and milk until the chocolate mixture is smooth.

  3. Pour the hot chocolate into cups and add sugar as desired.

  4. Garnish each cup with a spoonful of whipped cream and a few chocolate curls.