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5 from 9 votes

Parisian Hot Chocolate (Le Chocolate Chaud)

Parisian hot chocolate is luxuriously thick, smooth, creamy and flavorful.  It's like drinking hot molten chocolate and simply no other hot chocolate can compare!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: French
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 320kcal
Author: Kimberly Killebrew


  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 6 ounces top quality dark or bittersweet chocolate (at least 70%)) , chopped finely
  • 1-2 tablespoons brown sugar (optional and according to taste)
  • tiny pinch of sea salt
  • whipped cream for serving (optional)


  • In a medium saucepan, heat the milk until it's hot and bubbles appear.  Add salt and the finely chopped dark chocolate and whisk until dissolved and smooth.  Bring the hot chocolate to a very low simmer, whisking continuously, and simmer for about 3 minutes (this will thicken it).  Stir in the brown sugar if desired and whisk until smooth.  Pour into cups and serve with a dollop of whipped cream if desired.
  • Note:  For an even thicker result, make the hot chocolate ahead of time, let it cool and then reheat when ready to serve.
Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 56mg | Potassium: 402mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 220IU | Calcium: 164mg | Iron: 2.7mg