From cafe lights that twinkle against the dark, grey skies, cobblestone streets that are almost empty of tourists, and the blanket of snow that covers Champ de Mars, there’s just something so magical about Paris in the winter time.
In fact, it has been one of my favourite seasons in Paris, and I find myself wanting to hold onto these days just a little bit longer before welcoming Spring.
One of my favourite ways to spend a winter afternoon is in a cozy cafe with a book, sipping a warm mug of hot chocolate, or chocolat chaud. While it can be difficult to find dairy free hot chocolate in Paris, it’s incredibly easy to make a dairy-free version of this French classic at home.
Made with melted bittersweet or dark chocolate rather than cocoa powder, Parisian hot chocolate is luxuriously thick and creamy, without being overly sweet.
The key to achieving a good cup of French hot chocolate at home is to use good quality dark or bittersweet chocolate. At least 70% is ideal, and to use minimal sweetener, if any at all. This gives it the rich, velvety consistency of true Parisian hot chocolate and allows the flavours of the chocolate to shine.
Traditional Chocolate Chaud is made with whole milk, which also assists in the thick and creamy consistency. This recipe uses a combination of almond milk and coconut cream to make it dairy-free, but is still just as decadent as true Parisian hot chocolate.