Easy French Hot Chocolate

If you're one of the millions of lovebirds who embrace Valentine's Day, you're no doubt grappling with the decision of what to do this year that will be fun, unusual and romantic.

Can I vote? Do not go out.

It's Restaurant Goer 101 that Valentine's Day is among the worst days of the year to eat out, and I have a much, much better idea for you: stay locked up in the houseand cook something simple but delicious.

My menu suggestion would be:

  • Start with beetroot hummus: it's super easy, it's pink, and you can spread it on toast or cucumber slices for each other;
  • Move on to spatchcocked chicken – it's a fun show-style recipe to make together, the resulting chicken is finger-licking good, plus there's something slightly suggestive about the name and the way the chicken is laid out in the pan (it made you click!). Serve with a green salad to keep things light and easy – just be sure to check your teeth after;
  • Finish the meal with mine three-ingredient French hot chocolate.

Three ingredient hot chocolate

I probably don't have to sell you too much on the idea, but if you need more details, allow me this: It's a recipe with three ingredients it takes everything ten minutes do and produce more luxurious French style drinking chocolate, with an intense and velvety flavour.

The secret to a really good cup of French hot chocolate is to use it real chocolate, instead of cocoa powder, for a super creamy consistency. Some recipes also call for cream, but it can feel like a brick in the stomach (not the intended purpose for V-Day or any other day), so I like to bolster both the texture and flavor with Almond Butter instead, which makes it completely vegan. Such a simple formula, you'll be amazed at how well it turns out. I am sorry. This?

Pour in the hot chocolate

AS. After this delicious dinner you didn't rush, and once you have that cup of hot cocoa in hand, it's gift time, right? How would your special someone feel? a massageone where you actually know what you're doing?

Maxence and I are absolute fans of massages and went out regularly to get professional ones. But then, you know: children. So now, when we need it, we rely mostly on each other tension and pain from (pick one) sitting at the computer all day, hunched over the stove or tripod, carrying the kids carrierscarrying groceries home or lugging them around Bikes for preschoolers who have changed their minds about riding a bicycle.

And this is where Melt: Couple Massage comes into play: this is a series of videos that teach you professional techniques and routines for a fabulous massage according to the instructions of Denis Merkas, an expert Australian masseur. No special equipment is needed; optional hot chocolate.

Mini recipe book of French tarts

Melt: Couple Massage

The training video is broken down into short clips showing Denis demonstrating different tricks and tips on his wife Emma, ​​but before you scrunch up your face and think “Eww!” let me reassure you: the tone is 100% professional and it's all shot tastefully, with zero embarrassing moments, focusing strictly on massage technique. (If you want to get an idea of ​​the style, check this out free introductory course.)

So when Denis contacted me to ask if I could help him promote these training videos in preparation for Valentine's Day, I immediately agreed. I love the idea of ​​donating experience gifts rather than stuff, and this is the gift that keeps on giving: You could secretly learn the beginner routine in preparation for Valentine's Day, then watch it and the remaining modules again as a couple (fun idea for a date night!), and finally benefit of that shared learning for the years and years I hope you can spend together.

Purchasing the course gives you unlimited access to the entire set of 17 techniques and 3 complete routines, which you can preview here. So consider treating yourself and your special someone to that incredibly simple French hot chocolate, as well as an unforgettable massage session. It doesn't get any better than this!

Three ingredient French hot chocolate

Join the conversation!

Do you make your own hot chocolate? What is your favorite recipe? And do you like massages: giving, receiving or both?

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Super easy French hot chocolate (and a massage!)

Super easy French hot chocolate (and a massage!)


  • 200 grams (7 ounces) of good quality dark chocolatecocoa content 60-75%, such as Manjari 64% chocolate coating.
  • 480 ml (2 cups) non-dairy milksuch as ground rice, almond milk or oat milk
  • 60 grams (1/4 cup) all natural unsweetened Almond Butter


  1. Finely chop the chocolate with a chef's knife (or in a food processor or blender) and place in a bowl. (The chocolate I use comes in coin-like pieces, you win! No need to cut it.)
  2. French hot chocolate
  3. Bring the milk to a boil over medium heat. Pour a third of the milk into the chocolate.
  4. French hot chocolate: spilled milk
  5. Blend well until you obtain a smooth and shiny consistency.
  6. French Hot Chocolate: Whisk
  7. Beat in the remaining almond milk in two additions, then the almond butter.
  8. Divide among four cups (see note) and serve.


  • If it's just the two of you (as it probably should be on Valentine's Day), reserve the two extra servings in the fridge. The next day they will prepare fabulous chocolate creams, served cold and optionally sprinkled with crushed butter biscuits or muesli.
  • You can use any nut butter of your choice here; hazelnut butter works beautifully for a Nutella style hot chocolate!
  • If you like liqueur in your hot chocolate, liven it up further by adding 1 or 2 tablespoons amaretto (almond-flavored) or Grand Marnier (orange-flavored) to taste, while adding the almond butter.


Unless otherwise indicated, all recipes are copyright Clotilde Dusoulier.

Three ingredient French hot chocolate

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