Parisian Hot Chocolate

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me nine mugs of hot chocolate, eight quarts of limoncello, seven citrus thumbprint cookies, six Mexican wedding cookies, a review in the New York Times, four magic cookie bars, three shots of eggnog, two pieces of peppermint fudge, and cute little gingerbread bundt.

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It’s Christmas time and what better than sitting by the fire, with snow falling outside, while sipping hot cocoa?!  Umm….nothing!  This isn’t your Swissmiss hot chocolate either, it’s made from three different chocolates; it’s thick, creamy, and oh so rich.

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My mom and I were in Paris in January a few years ago and being the chocoholics that we are, we decided to stop in at the the Maison du Chocolat near the Arc de Triomphe.  While there, we took a seat at the chocolate bar to warm up and sip on some hot cocoa.  The hot chocolate in Paris was completely different from anything I’d ever had before and I didn’t really appreciate the dark, rich, depth of it then.  This hot chocolate is very similar to the one I had in France.  It’s best served warm with something to dip in it such as shortbread or if you’re a true chocoholic sipping will put you in heaven!


Parisian Hot Chocolate

(recipe adapted from Hot Chocolate)

Makes 6 servings

1  1/3 cups heavy cream

1 ½ cups whole milk

11 oz dark chocolate, finely chopped

5 oz milk chocolate, finely chopped

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

Pinch of salt

  1. In a medium saucepan heat the cream and milk until simmering, watch out milk and cream boil over very easily!!
  2. Take the cream mixture off of the heat and add in the chocolates, cocoa powder, and salt.
  3. Allow to sit for ten minutes then stir.
  4. Serve with fresh whipped cream, fluff, or marshmallows.

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