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How to make thick & velvety French hot chocolate (Chocolat Chaud)

This is my way to make thick, smooth and velvety French hot chocolate. Not with cocoa powder but with real, good quality chocolate.
Course beverage, drink, Sweet
Cuisine French, gluten-free
Keyword chocolate, drink, french, hot
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Author The Hungry Bites


  • 2 cups (500 grams) milk
  • 9 oz (250 grams) bittersweet chocolate at least 55% cocoa, finely chopped
  • 1-2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon malted milk powder, optional


  1. Heat the milk in a saucepan until very hot and almost boiling. Remove from heat and add the honey and malted milk powder and stir well to dissolve.

  2. Transfer the chocolate to a large enough jug or bowl and add 1/2 a cup hot milk. The chocolate must be finely chopped and the milk to almost cover the chocolate. Add a little more milk if needed.

    Let it sit for 1 minute and stir with a spoon until chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth and glossy.

  3. Start adding the rest of the hot milk gradually, one tablespoon at a time, stirring constantly. Once the mixture has thinned you can add larger amounts of milk until all the milk is added.

  4. Optionally you can garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and some shaved chocolate.


Recipe Notes

For a lighter drink, you can use less chocolate (about 125 grams). In that case, you’ll start by adding about 1/4 cup hot milk and continue according to the directions.