How to Make Hot Chocolate the French Way

Looking down at a cup full of hot chocolate that's sitting on a saucer. A gold spoon sits on the table.
The Kitchy Kitchen

The Kitchy Kitchen is the brainchild of food enthusiast and self-taught chef Claire Thomas. Thomas was the host of Food for Thought With Claire Thomas on ABC and has authored The Kitchy Kitchen: New Classics for Living Deliciously. Here, Claire walks us through how to make the best cup of French hot chocolate this side of the Seine.

I stumbled across this recipe for an especially elegant-sounding hot chocolate in one of my favorite vintage cookbooks, The Gold Cookbook. I love the idea of having hot chocolate ready to go at a moment’s notice, and I discovered that this mix makes a delicious hot fudge sauce as well. In the colder months, I keep a big jar of it in my fridge when I know company is coming over because it's a zero-effort last-minute sweet. Try a spoonful in your coffee to create a mocha; it’s wonderful! The author suggests that snack accompaniments be “light and dainty, thin bread-and-butter sandwiches, unsweetened wafers, ladyfingers, and sponge drops.” Sounds like tea time! Keep reading to learn more about this elegant way to enjoy French hot chocolate.

Small espresso glass full of hot chocolate, sitting on a scalloped porcelain saucer with a gold spoon resting on it.
The Kitchy Kitchen

2 1/2 oz. semisweet chocolate
1/2 cup coffee
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup heavy cream (whipped)
Pinch of salt

Combine chocolate, coffee, sugar, and salt over a double boiler, and bring to a boil.

Remove from heat and stir; then return to double boiler. Do this four times, stirring constantly. Cool completely.

Fold in whipped cream, and place in the fridge to chill.

To serve, put a tablespoon of the chocolate mixture into a cup, pour in scalded milk, and stir.

A stainless-steel set of pans that nest inside one another as a double boiler.
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White cup and saucer set with gold trim.
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A gold teaspoon.
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