French Hot Chocolate Recipe

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There’s a recipe I’ve been wanting to recreate & share with you guys since my first visit to Paris solo, some five years ago. It was the middle of winter when I landed at Charles de Gaulle, stepped off a red-eye flight from Hong Kong and hit the ground running. The 13-hour flight time should have left me weary, but my love of Paris and all things French fuelled the adrenaline in me to hit the ground running for my few days in the city of light.

On my first day in Paris I stopped at Angelina Tea House, a pastry-lovers dream ideally located on Rue de Rivoli. If I’m to be completely honest it wasn’t the sweets that lured me in, but the ice-cold air outside the drove me to seek refuge in the beaming ray of light that has become one of the world’s most renowned tea houses.

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I vaguely recalled reading in a guidebook that the chocolat chaud was an experience in itself. A rich, thick, and quite notably overpowering concoction of melted chocolate, served with whipped cream on the side to sweeten your brew.

Boy oh boy, was the first taste a moment I will never forget.

French Hot Chocolate Recipe

Since that visit I have had the pleasure of  visiting Paris countless times, each time returning to the very same location to order myself another chocolat chaud. In more recent times I have also opened a dessert house, which prompted me to seek out the recipe and recreate it for my store.

And yep, you guessed it, I’m going to share that recipe with you right here, right now!

French Hot Chocolate Recipe
Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Author: Brooke Saward
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Serves: 2
A deliciously thick, rich, creamy indulgence known as chocolat chaud.
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/ 2cup heavy cream
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 220 grams high quality chocolate (at least 70%), chopped
  • whipped cream, to serve
  1. Place the milk, cream, sugar and vanilla in a pot over medium heat.
  2. Stir until small bubbles form on the outside of the pot (do not boil).
  3. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in chopped chocolate.
  4. Return to low-medium heat to melt chocolate completely.
  5. Serve warm, topped with whipped cream.


The secret to recreating a typical “French” hot chocolate is to use high quality chocolate with a high cocoa % (more than 70%). For the shop we import Belgian chocolate which creates a really creamy, beautiful flavour that can’t be matched with store bought chocolate. If you have a local speciality store be sure to keep an eye out for Belgian chocolate as it is by far the superior chocolate to make this delicious treat as best as it can be!

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    February 9, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    Awesome post. It is very informative thanks for sharing, it will be useful to everyone.

    Andreina Gomez
    February 7, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Thanks so much for this recipe! I’ve been craving a rich hot chocolate lately (as it’s been finally feeling like winter in Los Angeles lol) and tried a couple I found online and didn’t quite hit the spot and this recipe sounds just like what I’ve been looking for! can’t wait to try!

    February 4, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Thanks for sharing ,looks so delicious and the mugs are so cute!

    January 24, 2017 at 10:37 am

    I once had chocolat chaud, can’t remember where – it was soo good. Maybe I will try your recipe soon. Thanks for this!

    January 21, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Tried this out with my mom today, Brooke! Definitely reminded us of the time we had brunch at Angelina. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Brooke Saward
      January 21, 2017 at 3:53 pm

      So glad it took you back to Paris!!! Ahh how I love Angelina <3

    Heather van der Ven
    January 21, 2017 at 10:55 am

    I need to try this. The chocolate cravings are unreal right now!

    Dhaval Parmar
    January 20, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    Looks Delius! I always love a nice cup of hot chocolate.

    January 20, 2017 at 9:08 am

    This hot chocolate looks and sounds amazing! I need this in my life!

    Paige Flamm
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    January 19, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    Angelina Tea House well decorated and peaceful Thanks

    January 19, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    Nice article its such an awesome blog. Thanks for sharing with us

    January 18, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    I can’t wait to try this! I’ve been dreaming of making some at home since I first tasted chocolat chaud at Angelina! |

    January 18, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    Angelina definitely demands visits after visits, thanks for sharing this recipe!

    Recently discovered your blog while looking for things to do in Tasmania (we moved to Melbourne in October) and I am hooked! 😀

    xx Aditi

    January 18, 2017 at 5:10 am

    Totally agree with this post! It’s amazing how much great ingredients can change a dish or drink. Also, that spoon is absolutely adorable!

    January 17, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Its really amazing blog with very much helpful information, thank you so much for writing this great blog here for us.

    January 16, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    That was the fantastic recipe so beautiful to prepare

    Sophie Nadeau
    January 15, 2017 at 12:32 am

    Ah this looks so delicious and the mugs are so cute!

    January 14, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Awesome recipe, I’m definitely going to try it out! I’m visiting Paris in April (first time!), Angelina’s looks amazing! Going to have to see if I can make it in there for a bite to eat. xo

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    Peta Kaplan
    January 14, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    Love Angelinas in Paris. There are plenty of smaller less known cafes that do a great job too. Less tourists around, more locals. Paris my fave city in the world!

    January 14, 2017 at 9:41 am

    We definitely never miss Angelina’s when in Paris!

    January 13, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    Oh wow this sounds so nice! I love your mug too!

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    January 13, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    I see this blog good quality and excellent. I earn good knowledge and skill.

    January 13, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Thanks for this recipe, Brooke! I like your mug as well, so pretty!

    Hannah Ison
    January 13, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Looks delish! I always love a nice cup of hot chocolate.

    Brooklyn Murtaugh
    January 13, 2017 at 10:32 am

    No such thing as too much hot chocolate 😉

    January 13, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Such a cute idea! Angelina is so good! I never thought of adding Vanilla.

    January 13, 2017 at 8:08 am

    this looks so good, love the cup too.