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French-Style Hot Chocolate

Although it's commonly made with cocoa powder (chocolate liquor that has been pressed and ground), this classic French-style hot chocolate is richer -- a luxurious blend of bittersweet and semisweet chocolate, hot milk, cream, and a smattering of brown sugar.

  • Servings: 6

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2005


  • 5 ounces bittersweet chocolate (preferably 70 percent cacao), chopped
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate (preferably 55 percent cacao), chopped
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons packed light-brown sugar, plus more to taste
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Heat all ingredients in a large saucepan over medium heat, whisking, until chocolate has melted and mixture is hot. Stir in more sugar, if desired.


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