Chocolat Chaud (Hot Chocolate)

Hot chocolate is a traditional part of a kid’s breakfast in France, but it has been “stolen” by adults who love to drink it to warm up winter mornings and rainy afternoons. Here is the most traditional version of the recipe. It’s a bit bitter, but nonetheless delicious!

Serves: 4Hands-on: 10 minutesTotal: 10 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4


  • 1 1⁄2 cups water
  • 1 lb. dark chocolate (such as Valrhona or Lindt) in chocolate bars, chopped
  • 2 cups whole milk


  • In a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil over high heat. Pour in the chocolate. Reduce the heat to its lowest setting and stir well, until the mixture is smooth.
  • Fill a larger saucepan about halfway with water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce to low. Put the smaller chocolate saucepan in the water, so it stays at a good temperature.
  • Pour the milk in another saucepan. Place the pan over medium heat, and remove the pan just before the milk boils.
  • Pour the milk into a small serving pitcher.
  • Serve in cups. Fill a cup to the halfway point with the chocolate, and add hot milk from the jug, depending on how strong you like your hot chocolate.