Santa Claus Mug

French Hot Chocolate

coco and salt

I love hot chocolate and have been trying different recipes to find a rich coco flavored one. I found this great recipe from the French Cooking Academy with video that I tried and fell in love with. 


  • 1/2 Liter full cream
  • 100 grams dark chocolate (70% cacao) - I like Ghirardelli
  • 1 or 2 cinnamon bark sticks
  • 1 pinch of sugar
  • a few drops of vanilla essence
  • 1 TBSP pure cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch of salt

Ghiradelli Chocolate

Ghirardelli Chocolate 


  • Heat up milk on medium to high heat
  • Add cinnamon bark
  • Add vanilla extract
  • Wait until milk boils, reduce and let simmer
  • Now put heat on low and let simmer for 10 min
  • Cinnamon will diffuse the milk flavor
  • turn heat off and discard cinnamon bark
  • add 1 TBSP pf cocoa powder and stir
  • filter milk through seven and return to pan again
  • add a pinch of sugar and a pinch of salt 
  • now add the chocolate pieces and stir gently until the mix is silky
  • if you leave the heat on low the cocoa will get thicker and thicker 

Let me know in the comments what you thought of this recipe.

Jolly Santa Mug with Hot Cocoa

Jolly Santa Mug