French Hot Chocolate

Hot French drinking chocolate, also called Le Chocolate Chaud, is liquid sin.
French Hot Chocolate- Le Chocolate Chaud

French Hot Chocolate- Le Chocolate Chaud

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

Chocolate. It’s heaven. But in a cup? Welcome to liquid sin.

This is the finest of my hot cocoa recipes, and I knew right away when I signed up to do #Choctoberfest I wanted it to be my opening salvo. But what’s so special about hot chocolate? Not much maybe until it is infused dark chocolate with milk and cream, done in the French style. Le chocolate chaud, which means, when literally translated, “the hot chocolate”. And you will notice that it doesn’t say anything about cocoa.

I’ve been enjoying these regularly with crafted chocolate from a local chocolatier, down at Findlay market (Maverick Chocolate) where I also discovered a bistro pot, which is a kind of French press that is perfect for making chocolate chaud, mocha, or pressed coffee.  And to use that, you put the chocolate squares in the bottom, top up with hot milk (or water as is sometimes used) and start plunging until the immersion is complete. You can also do that with this recipe, although I have left it to the pan on top of the stove, since I realize not everyone has a French press.

What I have discovered about these divine cups of sin is the very rich, smooth and velvety character that is lacking in your typical hot chocolate. The texture is, quite honestly, totally different.  It is very definitely rich, and not something I would have every day- but for a special occasion such as a birthday, anniversary, or a holiday such as Christmas, this beverage is without equal.

And wow! #Choctoberfest? Make sure you click on the link before to enter the fabulous giveaway. You can’t win it if you’re not in it. 😀

I’ll be back tomorrow for #BreadBakers with my recipe for Sauerkraut-Nut bread. Are you intrigued yet? It’s a family favorite! And then on Wednesday I’ll be back with more #Choctoberfest with an eerie recipe for Halloween cookies (with chocolate of course!) And I know I missed two recipes over the weekend (my Apple Molasses and tortilla cookies) I got behind on the molasses but will get that up later. I had a #photofail on the tortilla cookies and due to time constraints probably won’t be doing a redux and getting that up anytime soon.  I’ll probably be moving soon so need to work down my pantry rather than adding to it. You know how it is. It shouldn’t be a big deal. If you really need a similar recipe, message me and I can try to get you some sort of link from another blogger of something similar.

C’ya- ~Sue

French Hot Chocolate- Le Chocolate Chaud

French Hot Chocolate

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Difficulty: easy
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French Hot Chocolate- Le Chocolate Chaud

  • 12 fluid ounces whole milk
  • 4 fluid ounces heavy cream
  • 5.25 ounces Dark (60% Cacao) Chocolate squares
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • whipped cream


  1. Whisk together the milk, cream, granulated sugar and vanilla until steaming over low heat.
  2. Add chocolate squares, stirring constantly, until all chocolate has been added and melted, but be careful not to boil or scorch.
  3. Serve topped with whipped cream.
  4. Can also make in a Bistro Pot, adding chocolate to the bottom, and pouring sweetened hot milk over the top, and plunging until the chocolate is melted and milk is frothy.

From the kitchen of

French Hot Chocolate- Le Chocolate Chaud

Welcome to the first day of #Choctoberfest 2016!

#Choctoberfest is a virtual event put together by The PinterTest Kitchen. Bloggers from around the world will be posting their favorite chocolate recipes, and you’ll get a chance to win some awesome prizes.

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5 responses

  1. Oh this drink looks amazing to me Sue! I also love the cup and saucer. I’ve had my eye on a similar one at my favorite kitchen store. Happy #Choctoberfest and I’ll also see you tomorrow at the BreadBaker challenge! Julie

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