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Paris in A Cup – Hot chocolate, the parisian way


Nothing tastes better than a cup of hot chocolate, especially when you are wandering on the streets of Paris. No ‘drinking chocolate’ powder to be added to a cup of milk ! It’s the real stuff! The works, here!

Parisian hot chocolate is a concoction of full fat milk or ‘real’ cream along with a good amount of ‘real’ chocolate, with perhaps a pinch of the good salt (preferably, flour de del). Nothing more, nothing less!

Make sure you have:

  • 2 cups (1/2 litre) whole milk
  • 130 gms bittersweet chocolate, (best-quality), finely chopped

Some people choose to add:

  • 1 tsp of instant coffee powder or a shot of espresso
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp sugar (if you like things a bit more sweeter)
The ‘real’ hot chocolate via
Hot chocolate in Paris…that was! via

What you need to do now is:

  • Heat the milk in a medium-sized saucepan on a gentle heat.
  • Once the milk is warm (not boiling), add the chocolate. Whisk it in, stirring continuously, until all the chocolate is melted and the drink is steaming hot. Keep on the heat (low boil) for another 3-4 minutes, whisking all the time to achieve a thick consistency; just like would be served to you in Paris.

Serve warm in small coffee cups, though tastes a lot better if left at room temperature for a couple of hours and then gently re-heated before being serving. Thank you David, for a simple recipe…I used this recipe for my special treat after reading so many, long, complicated ones..It’s simple and tastes just like it should…in Paris, of course!

Believe me, you are just about to serve ‘Paris in a cup’ to your guests, yes, truly, it is!

Shilpa xx