French Hot Chocolate with Homemade Whipped Cream

Warm yourself up by the fire with a cup of this rich and dreamy treat. Heavy cream, whole milk, sugar, and quality dark chocolate are combined with a few other ingredients to produce this heavenly drink. It’s the perfect thing to make for the chilly evenings that will be coming up. 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I was lucky enough to receive monetary and product compensation from Imperial Sugar and Lindt. All opinions expressed are my own. Today’s post is sponsored by Imperial Sugar and Lindt. Without them, baking for the holidays (or any occasion) just wouldn’t be possible. They are also one of our awesome sponsors for #Choctoberfest with Imperial SugarThis recipe contains both Extra Fine Granulated Pure Cane Sugar  from Imperial Sugar and the 70% Cocoa EXCELLENCE Bar from Lindt


When I was in culinary school, I remember we had to study cookery vocabulary in French. Words such as Mise en Place (pronounced meez on plahass), Mirepoix (pronounced meer pwah), and Pate’ (pronounced pah tay), became a part of my everyday language during the week.

Let me reassure you, there is nothing like seeing the look on your husband’s face when you are getting ready to cook a meal at home and you say to him, “I think I’m finished with all my Mise in Place.”  To which my hubby would reply with a questionable look, “Meeze in what?” Then would ask me to speak in English for all the common folk out there.

Considering France is where everything culinary originated from, it makes sense that they would teach you how to speak the language during cooking school. I still have my textbooks and refer to them every once in a while.  I have been known to spew out a few words in French dialect every now and then. You know, just to spice things up a little in the kitchen 😉

Hot chocolate. French hot chocolate to be exact. What a way to end the work week huh? I have never been to France, however, I would like to think that this recipe resembles the way hot chocolate would be made in this part of the world. After taking a few sips of this dreamy concoction, I closed my eyes and pretended I was smack dab in front of the Eiffel Tower. Only to be rudely interrupted by my dog’s frantic barking at the bird that was sitting on the top of our fence. Poor mommy (and poor little birdie as well).

This hot chocolate is like no other you have tasted before. Heavy cream, whole milk, a couple of teaspoons of sugar, 1 cup of high quality dark chocolate, and vanilla extract is all you need to make this recipe. The lusciousness of the cream and whole milk, combined with the dark and rich flavor of the chocolate adds a classy and refined taste to drink itself. Upon taking your first sip, don’t be surprised if you find yourself mentally transported to this part of the world. If it happened to me, it could very well happen to you 😉

French Hot Chocolate with Homemade Whipped Cream

Warm yourself up by the fire with a cup of this rich and dreamy treat. Heavy cream, whole milk, sugar, and quality dark chocolate are combined with a few other ingredients to produce this heavenly drink.Serving Size: 1 cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 2 cups
Calories Per Serving: 591


  • 1 and 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tsp. Granulated Imperial Sugar
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped 70% Cocoa from Lindt
  • A few dollups of Homemade Whipped Cream (see note)


  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the whole milk, heavy whipping cream, and 2 teaspoons of sugar. Whisk together until small bubbles appear around the edges, making sure not to let it boil.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and add in the one cup of coarsely chopped cocoa. Stir until completely melted.
  • Serve warm, with dollups of homemade whipped cream and ground cinnamon to top.

Libby's Notes

For a quick and easy recipe for homemade whipped cream, click HERE.
Recipe Source:
Adapted from the blog, Well Plated By Erin.


Calories: 591kcal
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  1. I have been waiting for you to share this recipe! Can't wait to make this on our first chilly day! Thanks for sharing!

    1. You are welcome Cynthia 😉 Hope you enjoy it 😉

  2. I went to France with my mom and sister WAY back when I was in Jr. High…. Every morning, we were brought a tray with croissants, and another amazing pastry that was light and puffy with a orange glaze and crackly sugar coating (omg -yum!), along with a silver teapot full to the brim with this same, piping hot, liquid chocolate. It's like silk going down – omg 🙂 I cannot wait to make this!

    1. Sounds delightful! I hope you enjoyed the recipe 🙂

  3. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I have been looking for this recipe for YEARS!! My husband and I had this amazing delicacy at a little French Patisserie at Epcot on our honeymoon and have dreamed about it ever since! I am so excited to surprise him this weekend! Now to figure out a pastry to go with it!

    1. Yummm! I hope you enjoy the recipe 🙂 Let me know if you have any questions!

  4. 5 stars
    This is the perfect drink to make during one of those cold, winter days 🙂

  5. Sounds wonderful!! I’ll have to try this on weight watchers :). I love spaghetti squash so I usually poke a hole in it and cook it in the microwave about ten minutes. That gets it half way done. Then I finish by roasting it cut side down in the oven because it has better flavor!!

    1. Thank you for this tip! I hope you enjoy the recipe 🙂

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