Cup of hot chocolate.

Rich & Velvety Classic Hot Chocolate

Renee Guilbault
If you want to be all fancy about it, you can pour this hot chocolate into a jug and then pour into the mugs at your table in front of your guests. A little bit of theater is always good! And if you want to have even more fun (more fun than drinking pourable chocolate!), you can flavor it with booze. OMG, so good.
Learn more about Renee in WTFCF article Author Renee Guilbault Shares Secrets For Getting Ahead In the Food and Farming World In New Book.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Course Beverages
Cuisine American
Servings 2



  • 8 ounces 70% dark chocolate, roughly chopped. Creators Note: Do not use chocolate chips because the stabilizers won’t make for a nice finished product— really!
  • cups whole milk
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar


  • ½ cup heavy cream, whipped. Creators Note: Always serve the whipped cream on the side because it melts so fast. Also, this is where you would add the booze, if desired.


  • Set up a bain-marie (double boiler!) by placing a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water.
  • To the double boiler, add 8 ounces roughly chopped chocolate pieces to the bowl and melt until it reaches a smooth consistency.
  • Meanwhile, in a separate pot, heat 1½ cups milk, ½ cup heavy cream, and 2 teaspoons sugar to just about a simmer—be careful not to let it boil. Note: Look for any bubbles forming on the sides and you will know to remove the pot from the heat.
  • Add the melted chocolate to the warmed milk, cream, and sugar and whisk well until it reaches a smooth, creamy consistency.
  • Pour directly into mugs and serve with the whipped cream on the side. Add booze if desired.


    About the Author

    Headshot of Renee GuilbaultRenee Guilbault, Food Industry Leader and Activist, candidly shares how to join, how to navigate and how to step up and lead within a trillion dollar industry in her new book, A Taste of Opportunity, released in January. Renee has held leadership roles at Bon Appetit Management Company at GooglePret A MangerCompass Group and held a role on the Los Angeles Food Policy Council Leadership Board and its Coordinating Committee.