Have you ever tried French hot chocolate?
I remember the first time I did. It was experienced at Thinking Cup on a very chilly day in Boston.
We were visiting family for Thanksgiving (Boston is one of the best places to be for Thanksgiving, btw) and on the day of our departure home, we visited Thinking Cup Coffee Shop somewhere in Boston’s North End. It was a cozy place with an enjoyable atmosphere; unfortunately I haven’t been back since then. :( Anyway, while there, my brother and I ordered the French Hot Chocolate – now I must break here to say that before then, I hadn’t of heard of French Hot Chocolate and therefore did not know what I was in for. And hot chocolate from a coffee shop, bakery, etc. can be very hit or miss (and it’s usually the latter). But this hot chocolate, this French Hot Chocolate, was a hit – a big hit. It was the most decadent hot chocolate drinking experience e.v.e.r. My brother and I were in pure chocolate bliss, and probably in a state like something out of Willy Wonka. It was so luscious and rich – I had never been so happy drinking a cup of hot chocolate!
After that trip, I had to find a recipe for enjoyment at home. I’ve tried David Lebovitz’ recipe and more recently a recipe from Well Plated – both delicious. I mean, like you could ever go wrong with heavy cream and melted chocolate, right? So it should come as no surprise that when trying to figure out how I was going to execute a pumpkin spice hot chocolate, I ended up with this recipe as a result.
It took me a few tries, lots of chocolate (over one pound!), milk, cream, and pumpkin to get this where I wanted it, but I’ve finally put together a recipe for a rich, pumpkin-chocolaty experience I think you are going to ♥.
Before you go any further, though, I must note that this recipe is not for the faint of chocolate hearts; it’s like drinking pure chocolate (heaven for chocolate lovers!) and is extremely rich – to be enjoyed in small quantities only. You have been warned…
When making, I would recommend having all of your ingredients ready so nothing gets burnt. Every time I made this, I had my milk and cream measured out and all other ingredients ready to go. It’s not necessary, but highly recommended!
The Lowdown: This fall/winter beverage combines all that there is to love about pumpkin spice and hot chocolate: pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice blended with chopped chocolate, heavy cream, along with vanilla and a touch of espresso powder, take this French Hot Chocolate to a new level.