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Homemade Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream

A rich and creamy hot chocolate made with dark and milk chocolate, heavy cream and milk. This hot chocolate will instantly transport you to a Paris café or to your favorite little table in L.A. Burdick's.  
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: French
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 373kcal


For the Ganache

  • 3 ounces milk chocolate, cut into pieces
  • 1 ounce dark chocolate (70%), cut into pieces
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch sea salt

For the Hot Chocolate

  • 2 and ½ cups milk

For the Whipped Cream

  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons confectioner's sugar


For the Ganache

  • Coarsely chop chocolate and place in a small mixing bowl. Over low heat, warm the heavy cream. Just before the cream boils, pour it over the chocolate. Whisk until all of the chocolate is melted. Add vanilla and salt, whisk to combine.
  • At this point, you can either proceed with making hot chocolate or store the ganache in the refrigerator until you are ready to make hot chocolate.

For the Hot Chocolate

  • In a medium sauce pan, warm the milk until almost boiling. Whisk in the ganache. Mix until well combined. Pour into four mugs. Garnish with whipped cream and shaved chocolate. 

For the Whipped Cream

  • In a medium mixing bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine heavy cream, vanilla, and confectioner's sugar. Whip on medium until the cream begins to thicken. Turn the speed up to medium high and whip until you have reached your desired consistency. 
    Leftover whipped cream can be stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 days and can be refreshed by whipping again for a few minutes as needed. 


If you want to make just one serving of hot chocolate at a time, you can warm about ¾ cup of milk in a small saucepan and whisk in about ¼ cup of ganache. I often keep a jar of ganache in the refrigerator just so that I can make "homemade hot chocolate" any time it is requested. 


Calories: 373kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 27mg | Potassium: 156mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 875IU | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1.4mg