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A rich, creamy, dark chocolate drink! Chocolat Chaud is a french hot chocolate that is easy to make and so rich and creamy it will transport you to a cool, crisp and beautiful day ice skating on the eiffel tower!
Chocolat Chaud French Hot Chocolate
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Ok, maybe it is just me that gets transported through time and space to Paris, but I will never look at hot chocolate, or Chocolat Chaud the same again. Check out this video of how to make it, then read on to hear why I love Chocolat Chaud and why it holds a special place in my heart.
My kids are in a French immersion class at school. I have wanted to take them to France for as long as I can remember. I adore France, with all the amazing food, beautiful architecture, rich history, and everything else that magical place has to offer.
This past January I finally had the chance to take my kids, and it was amazing. My husband wasn’t able to go, so I decided to just try and go solo. I actually had a really hard time deciding, as traveling to a foreign country with 4 kids, by myself, was a little scary. But the day we flew out, I decided to just suck it up and make it happen. So I threw clothes in suitcases, picked my kids up from school, and we raced to the airport. We barely made our flight. But we were all so excited, and couldn’t wait for our adventure. I booked a place to stay from the plane as we taxied out to the runway. It was crazy.
Anyway, we were there 8 days, and fortunately my husband surprised us and joined us for 2 of the days. One of my favorite memories was atop the Eiffel Tower. We were there in winter, and the first level of the tower had an ice skating rink set up. With paid admission to the tower, you get to skate for gratuity. My kids were so excited, and we literally spent hours skating and enjoying the tower.
All throughout the week my two older kids had been taking turns ordering food, or asking directions, or speaking with the people we encountered. My 3rd, who was in 1st grade at the time was feeling bad and left out. His French was not that great, and so he wasn’t able to play tour guide for us. But while we were on the Tower, he was getting cold. There was a little snack stand next to the skating rink. I remember watching him be so brave, and calmly walk over and order himself a Chocolat Chaud. His pronunciation and accent were perfect, and he got his hot cocoa! He was so proud of himself. And I was pretty proud too. In fact, I made him order one for me a few minutes later.
It was thick, creamy, and delicious. So of course I had to make my own version. I mean, doesn’t it look amazing? It starts with Godiva Chocolate, and is aided by European Deep Dark Cocoa Mix.
After I made it, I realized my kids might enjoy changing the flavors up some, so I set out some Torani flavor syrups. My favorite was the hazelnut, but I am pretty sure my kids favored the raspberry. Hazelnut always reminds me of Europe because it is such a popular nut there.
In addition to the flavor syrups, I put out some cream and sugar. European hot chocolate is typically not as sweet as what we are used to, and so I figured I would at least allow for the option of sweetening. And cream…because I want all the cream, all the time.
So I went to Cost Plus World Market to get my European Deep Dark Cocoa Mix, and can we just take a moment and stare at these gorgeous mugs? I mean, I could not help myself. I had to have them. And the cute tray pictured above. And the chocolate. And the Torani. I pretty much wanted/needed all the things. Can you blame me? Well, don’t worry, if you need all the things too, you can shop this post below. I have included links to all the cute stuff I found.
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- World Market Deep Dark European Cocoa Mix
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- Indigo Reactive Glaze Mugs x 4
- Charcoal Element Sugar Pot
- Charcoal Element Creamer
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