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.
- 6 ounces chocolate (semisweet, chopped)
- 1/4 cup water (hot)
- 3 tablespoons water (hot)
- 3 cups milk (hot)
- Sugar to taste
- Garnish: whipped cream, chocolate curls
- 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.