Snacks & Treats

Old Fashioned French Hot Chocolate

Mar 21, 2017

There is no better way to celebrate the last days of cold and the arrival of spring than tasting French hot chocolate! This favourite from the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site will delight your children’s taste buds! With Easter just around the corner, you can try this recipe with many different types of chocolate. Can you create your family favourite?

Hot chocolate with cinnamon stick.

You Will Need:

  • 30 g (1 oz) good quality chocolate bars or ground chocolate
  • 1 cup water or milk
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • spices and flavourings to taste (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, vanilla, orange flower water)
  • egg yolk (optional)

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Ingredients to go into hot chocolate.


Heat the liquid and, if using milk, don’t let it boil. Grate the chocolate if it is not ground and melt it into the liquid. 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, add sugar and a combination of spices to taste.

A piece of chocolate and a spice grater.

For best results, prepare the chocolate drink the night before and refrigerate overnight. Reheat, whipping or frothing the chocolate.

Kids enjoying hot chocolate.

This recipe is one of many heritage inspired recipes available on the Parks Canada Heritage Gourmet App.

If you have a chance to visit us this summer, ask about our chocolate programs or even better, visit our restaurant to enjoy a taste of the past and sample Heritage hot chocolate.

Article Author Club Parka, Parks Canada
Club Parka, Parks Canada

Club Parka is a Parks Canada program for preschoolers at national parks and historic sites across the country. Kids can take part in the program online, too!

Visit to download activity pages and get to know Parka, the busy little beaver who helps kids explore the world around them.

You can watch Parka weekday mornings on CBC TV following each episode of Chirp.

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