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Chocolate French Toast

Recipe By Tessa Arias
June 15th, 2015

Chocolate French Toast is the ultimate dessert for breakfast! Just the right amount of sweetness, richness, and slightly crisp caramelized edges. Perfect for chocoholic dads on Father's Day!

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook: 30 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: There’s just enough chocolate to satisfy the craving but not so much that this couldn’t be an acceptable weekend breakfast. I love this French toast with fresh berries and a drizzle of maple syrup!
Texture: I used extra thick slices of brioche bread which made my toast slightly crisp on the outside, and light yet custardy on the inside. YUM.
Ease: Very easy, like any French toast recipe with a few extra tricks!
Appearance: Who could resist?
Pros: Fun, sinful twist on French toast.
Cons: None!
Would I make this again? Absolutely.

Want to know the secret to making perfect French toast?

The trick to making French Toast that is perfectly crisp and caramelized at the edges with a rich buttery taste is using both butter AND vegetable oil to cook with. I picked up the vegetable oil trick from Molly of Orangette and let me just say, it works perfectly. It allows the toast to crisp up on the outside while remaining ever so soft, fluffy, and almost custardy on the inside. That’s French toast perfection to me! And when you add chocolate to the mix? WOW.

Another helpful tip for this Chocolate French Toast recipe is to watch the toast carefully while it cooks. Between the chocolate and sugar in the egg mixture and the hot oil, it can go from perfect to burnt pretty fast. Just keep an eye on it, don’t walk away to do dishes or answer the phone, and use a slightly lower heat than usual.

Personally, I like really thick slices of French toast made from rich and eggy challah or brioche bread. This recipe is totally customizable, though, and you can use any type of bread in any thickness you prefer!

If you have a small skillet or want to make the toast ahead of time so you can continue making a breakfast feast, just pop the cooked toast on a baking sheet and into a 200°F oven until ready to serve and it’ll stay perfectly warm.

Don’t you just love the contrast of the powdered sugar on top of those dark slices? And the pop of red from the strawberries? Mouthwatering!

Chocolate French Toast - who wouldn't want dessert for breakfast?!

Chocolate French Toast

How to make
Chocolate French Toast

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Chocolate French Toast is the ultimate dessert for breakfast! Just the right amount of sweetness, richness, and slightly crisp caramelized edges. Perfect for chocoholic dads on Father's Day!


  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large loaf challah or brioche bread, cut into thick slices
  • Unsalted butter
  • Vegetable oil
  • Confectioners’ sugar
  • Fresh strawberries, sliced
  • Maple syrup, if desired


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and about half the milk until the mixture forms a lump-free paste. Add in the remaining milk, eggs, and vanilla and beat until well combined. Remove the mixture to a large baking dish and add the bread, turning to coat. Soak the bread for 5 minutes.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the butter and 1 tablespoon of the oil in a very large nonstick skillet pan or griddle over medium heat. Add as many soaked pieces of bread that will fit and cook until browned and lightly crisp, about 3 minutes. The extra chocolate and sugar means this will go from perfect to burnt fast – so be careful! Transfer to a baking pan and keep warm in a 200°F oven. Repeat for the remaining bread.
  3. Dust with confections’ sugar, if desired, and serve with strawberry slices and maple syrup.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — June 15, 2015 at 4:49 am

    You just BLEW my mind with that butter and vegetable oil shenanigans..I NEVER KNEW.
    BUT, what I do know, is that I want to eat ALL the sliced of chocolate french toasty goodness for breakfast. This looks amazing! Pinned!

  2. #
    Jenna — June 15, 2015 at 4:59 am

    Awesome idea!! I LOVE french toast and never thought to add chocolate to it! Great tip about using oil and butter. Can’t wait to try this for sure!

  3. #
    Diki — June 15, 2015 at 8:42 am

    I see no reason why a regular cocoa mix wouldn’t work.

  4. #
    nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — June 15, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    French toast perfection!

  5. #
    Gaby — June 15, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    Love the tip!! My favorite kind is thick slices too!

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    Joan Hayes — June 15, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    Tessa, this looks delicious. French toast is one of my favorite breakfast treats! And I’m right there with you and Molly, cooking the toast in oil is the way to go. Well done!

  7. #
    Farha – faskitchen — June 16, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Never heard of the french toast with chocolate before. Love it. looks delicious and yummy

  8. #
    Maureen — June 16, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    I love french toast for breakfast, Tessa. And this chocolate french toast will make my morning looks bright and great. It’s really amazing and thanks fore the tip!

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    Evans — June 19, 2015 at 12:40 am

    Looks so yummy!!!! Will try it.

  10. #
    Evans — June 19, 2015 at 12:43 am

    Looks so juicy!!!! Will try it.

  11. #
    Christina Abston — June 20, 2015 at 4:29 am

    I love french toast. Can’t get enough of it. So does my boyfriend. That’s why this recipe means so much to us. Thank you so much for sharing this my dear.

  12. #
    Mark — July 15, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    I tried this recipe (halved) alongside another chocolate French toast recipe and this one was not as good. There is not enough sugar to balance out the chocolate, and I am a big sugar fan. Also, there is not as much cocoa as the other recipe, so it was weaker, but the other one did not have vanilla, which I will probably add to it. Kudos for trying though.

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