French Hot Chocolate Recipes … Mmmm!

Perfect hot chocolate recipes that make everyone feel good. Thick, creamy, flavorful hot chocolate that you'll never forget!

What exactly is it that makes this hot drink so magical? The chocolate? The cream? The warm feeling in your stomach? The nostalgia of snowy school days?

The Aztecs were the first to invent this magic potion. The Spanish refined it and brought it back to Europe. Slowly, it made its way North to France and was common by the time of Louis XV.

Here's the original, authentic, absolutely delicious recipe, followed by several variations… just thinking about it feels good!

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Sumptuous Hot Chocolate Recipes

Chocolat à l'Ancienne… Tastes amazing, feels amazing.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients: (4 people)

28 fl. oz. Whole Milk
7 oz. Unsweetened Baking Chocolate
1 cup Crème Fraîche (or heavy cream)
1/3 cup Granulated Sugar
Pinch of Powdered Vanilla (optional)
2 tbsp. Cocoa Powder (for top)
1 1/2 cup Fresh or Canned Whipped Cream (for top)

How to Make It:

1. Heat up milk, cream, and sugar over a low flame. Bring to a simmer, but don't let it boil.
2. Take off heat and add chocolate (chopped into small pieces) and vanilla. Stir until chocolate melts and it becomes smooth.
3. Pour into mugs and serve with whipped cream and powdered cocoa.

NB: If you are making your own whipped cream: Take 1 1/2 cups of chilled heavy cream and whip until firm. Put in refrigerator and then make the recipe for the hot chocolate.


1. For a lighter version, just use milk.
2. For a Spanish flavor, add 1 - 2 tsp. of cinnamon.
3. If you like your hot chocolate recipes very sweet, try adding a teaspoon (or two!) of vanilla sugar.
4. If you have a really strong sweet tooth, add caramel!!!

Serving Ideas:

Traditionally, French hot chocolate is served in a couple of different ways:

For breakfast. In which case you would want to serve it in a bowl, so that you can dip your toasted bread into it -- it's delicious and I highly recommend that you try this, either for breakfast or for a special snack.

Or you can serve hot chocolate with different pastries and French chocolates, such as truffles. In fact, hot chocolate recipes are an excellent idea for an afternoon tea…

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Hot chocolate is also lovely around the winter holidays. If you would like more ideas for Christmas, take a look at this site Christmas Town where you can find Christmas gifts, holiday recipes, Christmas stories, articles, projects, and more on the joys of Christmas.

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Enjoy! And… Bon Appétit!