Chocolat Chaud Recipe

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    7 mins
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Try this rich chocolat chaud recipe, also known as French hot chocolate, for an over-the-top-treat. For centuries, chocolate has been purported to hold great health benefits – it enhances circulation, improves the libido, gives energy, and has been used as a tonic for infectious disease and digestive disorders.

In 1643, Princess Maria Theresa of Spain brought a gift of chocolate to France, a royal chocolate maker was employed, and chocolate has been a rage ever since.

Cook’s note: For a different flavor, use chopped bittersweet or white chocolate. Remember to choose a premium chocolate for the best chocolat chaud.

What You'll Need

  • 6 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • ¼ cup plus 3 tablespoons hot water, divided
  • 3 cups hot milk
  • Sugar, to taste
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate curls

How to Make It

Using a double boiler or a heat-safe glass bowl over simmering water, melt the chopped chocolate into ¼ cup of the water. Stir in the 3 tablespoons hot water and milk until the chocolate mixture is smooth. Pour the hot chocolate into cups and add sugar as desired. Garnish each cup with a spoonful of whipped cream and a few chocolate curls.