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.


  • 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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