French Hot Chocolate
An Old-Time Classic!
By Anne Marie Lane Jonah and Ruby Fougere, Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, NS
There is no better way to celebrate the last days of winter and the arrival of spring than tasting French hot chocolate! This favourite drink from the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site will delight your children’s taste buds!
If you have a chance to visit us at the fortress this summer, ask about our chocolate programs. Even better, visit our restaurant to enjoy a taste of the past and sample Heritage hot chocolate.
• 1 oz | 30 g good quality chocolate bars or ground chocolate
• 1 cup | 250 ml water or milk
• 1 tsp | 5 g sugar
• Spices and flavourings to taste (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, vanilla, orange flower water)
• 1 egg yolk (optional)
1. Heat the liquid, and if using milk, don’t let it boil.
2. Grate the chocolate if it is not ground and melt it into the liquid.
3. If you are adding an egg yolk, beat it first with a small amount of the warm liquid then add the mixture to the pot and beat it in.
4. Add sugar and a combination of spices to taste.
For best results prepare the chocolate drink and refrigerate overnight. Reheat, whipping or frothing the chocolate as it heats. You can also try this recipe with many different types of chocolate to create your family favourite.
For more heritage inspired recipes, visit the Parks Canada Heritage Gourmet page.
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