Chocolat Chaud

The Best Vegan Hot Cocoa

My book of choice this winter has been Paris, My Sweet by Amy Thomas, a food blogger and self-proclaimed “sweet freak”. The memoir chronicles Thomas’s Parisian adventures  sampling all the decadent desserts the city holds. One of which, was Parisian patisserie Angelina’s creamy and ultra dreamy chocolat chaud. After reading just a few sentences of Thomas describing the Parisian treat, I was desiring a cup of hot cocoa myself, vegan of course!

 

So I hit the kitchen and began experimenting with creating my own chocolat chaud. First, I tried a mixture of vanilla almond milk, cocoa powder and coconut sugar but found it was lacking in creaminess and wasn’t as indulgent as I would like it. That was when I turned to the one ingredient that has never failed me; chocolate chips. Once the chocolate chips went in, the hot cocoa was transformed into a creamy dreamy mug of richness which I can only imagine is just as delicious as Angelina’s. Plus, I found with the addition chocolate chips the coconut sugar could be omitted. I was completely satisfied with sipping on silky smooth melted chocolate chips with a subtle bittersweet hint of cocoa.

So I hit the kitchen and began experimenting with creating my own chocolat chaud. First, I tried a mixture of vanilla almond milk, cocoa powder and coconut sugar but found it was lacking in creaminess and wasn’t as indulgent as I would like it. That was when I turned to the one ingredient that has never failed me; chocolate chips. Once the chocolate chips went in, the hot cocoa was transformed into a creamy dreamy mug of richness which I can only imagine is just as delicious as Angelina’s. Plus, I found with the addition chocolate chips the coconut sugar could be omitted. I was completely satisfied with sipping on silky smooth melted chocolate chips with a subtle bittersweet hint of cocoa.

This hot chocolate is so rich on its own you won’t even need whipped cream. I simply throw in some Dandies vegan marshmallows while it’s still piping hot which add extra creaminess and sweetness. But feel free to add some soy whip or homemade coconut whipped cream if desired! There’s nothing quite like cozying up on the couch on a cold winter night with a good book and a steaming cup of velvety hot cocoa so make this treat tonight!

The Best Vegan Hot Cocoa with Dandies Marshmallows

Rich and Velvety Hot Cocoa (Vegan and Gluten-free)

Serves 2

Ingredients

2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life brand)

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

Dandies vegan marshmallows (optional)

Directions

1. Heat almond milk over medium-high heat. Once warm, add cocoa powder and whisk until well combined.

2. Add in chocolate chips and whisk frequently until completely melted.

3. Transfer to mugs and add in marshmallows (if using). Serve warm.

2 Comments on Chocolat Chaud

  1. Audrey @ GlutenFreeVeganLove
    February 24, 2014 at 7:33 pm (4 years ago)

    It’s interesting you mentioned Parisian patisserie Angelina’s creamy chocolate — right before I read that part I was reminded of the best (pre-vegan days) real hot chocolate I’ve ever had, which was in a French cafe in Montreal (Canada) called Juliet et Chocolate. I thought I knew what hot chocolate was until I tried *that* hot chocolate and realized how mistaken I had been :). The thought of having a nice rich cup of real hot chocolate sounds lovely right about now!

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    • Karissa Bowers
      February 24, 2014 at 10:12 pm (4 years ago)

      I can imagine it was probably just as rich given the decadence French desserts usually have! I traveled to Paris but never tried a cup of French hot chocolate but still tried my best when creating my vegan version of an ultra decadent cup of hot chocolate with this recipe!

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