French hot chocolate, often known as chocolat chaud, is a decadent dessert. Since ancient times, people have believed that chocolate has several health advantages, including the improvement of libido, increased vitality, and use as a tonic for digestive and infectious diseases. 

A royal chocolate manufacturer was hired after Princess Maria Theresa of Spain brought chocolate to France in 1643, and chocolate has been popular ever since. Early in the year 500 B.C., the Mayans of Mexico created the first version of hot chocolate using ground-up cocoa seeds combined with water, cornmeal, chilli peppers, and other ingredients. Quite different from the products we produce now. 

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To get the smooth, velvety, and delectably chocolaty flavour that is the hallmark of chocolat chaud, the French utilise premium chocolate. There are a few ways to make French hot chocolate, some of which call for the addition of brown sugar and/or a dash of sea salt, both of which are fantastic additions if desired. With melted chocolate, water, milk, whipped cream, and a garnish of chocolate curls for aesthetic appeal, this hot chocolate dish is a delectable warm-up that is ideal for those chilly winter days. Additionally, it is a helpful remedy for chocolate cravings. 

Ingredients:  

6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped 

¼ cup plus 3 tbsp hot water, divided 

3 cups hot milk 

Sugar to taste 

Whipped cream, for garnish 

chocolate curls, for garnish 

Method:  

Get the ingredients ready. Melt the chopped chocolate in 1/4 cup of the boiling water using a double boiler or a heat-safe glass bowl placed over simmering water. Once the chocolate mixture is smooth, add the remaining 3 tablespoons of boiling water and 3 cups of hot milk. Add sugar to taste and pour the hot chocolate into mugs. Add a dollop of whipped cream and a few chocolate curls to each cup as a garnish. Enjoy after serving! 

Substitutes:

Try using bittersweet or, if you prefer it, white chocolate in place of semisweet chocolate. 

Even though the addition of whipped cream and chocolate curls is so decadent, feel free to skip them. 

Add a tablespoon or two of brown sugar. 

Add a small spoonful of sea salt to the mixture. 

Tips:

Even though you can buy whipped cream at the supermarket, making your own is far simpler and you can control the ingredients. The whipped cream can be flavoured with other ingredients, such as peppermint for the weekend.