Italian Hot Chocolate Recipe

Italian Hot Chocolate, or Cioccolata Calda, is a famous thick, sweet hot cocoa recipe. You'll agree after one spoonful that this is the best hot chocolate recipe!

– 1 ½ cups milk, divided (2% or whole milk) – 2 teaspoons cornstarch – 5 ounces dark chocolate, chopped (about 70% cacao) – 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (sifted) – 2 tablespoons sugar – whipped cream for topping (optional)



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Pour 1 ¼ cups milk into a small pot. Mix the cornstarch with the remaining ¼ milk in a small bowl and set aside.

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Whisk in dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and sugar to medium-low heat milk. Keep mixing until it simmers.

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Stir in the cornstarch mixture while whisking until the hot chocolate thickens and returns to a low simmer.

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Fill your little serving cups with Italian hot chocolate immediately. Use a spoon to serve with whipped cream.

A little Italian Hot Chocolate goes a long way! I recommend serving it in an espresso cup with a spoon. 


Also See

Cuccidati (Italian Fig Cookies) Recipe