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Italian Hot Chocolate – Thick and Decadent

There’s no hot chocolate quite like Italian hot chocolate, it’s thick, smooth, creamy and so indulgent. If you’re looking for something chocolatey, hot and comforting to curl up on the couch with then this is the very thing for you!

When I think of hot chocolate, I’m always reminded of that powdery stuff that comes in little sachets that smells great but is often watery, thin and disappointing. This Italian hot chocolate is so chocolatey, rich and indulgent, it’s so easy to make at home and it’s ready from start to finish in 5 minutes. There’s no excuse not to make your own hot chocolate from scratch and you definitely won’t be disappointed!

Italian hot chocolate in a white mug with a spoon

Hot chocolate is the ultimate, comforting drink to curl up with on the couch with a cozy blanket, fluffy socks and a good movie. At this time of year, it’s one of my favourite things to do, especially when it’s bitterly cold outside.

I first tried this sweet treat when I was young and on holiday in Milan with my family. We had spent all day walking and sightseeing on a freezing cold day and decided to stop at a cafe for a hot drink.

I ordered hot chocolate and was served a small mug of melted, thick chocolate that was out-of-this-world delicious. It was without a doubt the best hot chocolate I had ever tastedit was a thick, pudding-like drink and it’s so easy to make at home too.

Personally, I love this Italian hot chocolate just the way it is but you could also add marshmallows, cream, caramel sauce or even a shot of Irish cream liqueur for an over the top, decadent dessert. That’s what this time of year is all about, right?

Step by step photos for how to make Italian hot chocolate

How To Make Italian Hot Chocolate

Add milk to a saucepan and then add chopped chocolate, cocoa powder and sugar. Heat the mixture, stirring occasionally until all the chocolate and sugar has melted.

Mix the corn starch with 2 tbsp of milk then add it to the chocolate milk. Stir the hot chocolate until thick and smooth, add a small pinch of salt and serve in mugs.

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A close up of Italian hot chocolate

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Italian Hot Chocolate
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

Thick, smooth and creamy Italian hot chocolate, a decadent and indulgent festive treat.

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 - 6 people
Calories: 164 kcal
Author: Emily Kemp
Ingredients
  • 3.5 oz (100g) chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder, unsweetend
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 2 cups (500ml) milk + 2 tbsp
  • 4 tsp corn starch
  • 1 small pinch smoked salt or regular
Instructions
  1. Add the milk to a saucepan and add the chopped chocolate, cocoa powder and sugar. Heat the mixture, stirring occasionally until all the chocolate and sugar has melted.
  2. Mix the corn starch with 2 tbsp of milk then add it to the chocolate milk. Stir the hot chocolate until thick and smooth, add a small pinch of salt and serve in mugs.

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Amanda Wren-Grimwood
    December 7, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    This looks so creamy and rich I am going to have to try it and maybe dip a few biscuits in too!

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    Angela @ Allergy Free Angela
    December 6, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    I have never tried Italian hot chocolate, but this looks and sounds amazing! The store bought hot cocoa packets could never compare to this! I can’t wait to try your recipe, Emily. 🙂

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    Elaine @ Dishes Delish
    December 6, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    This Italian hot chocolate looks so decadent and delicious! I can see drinking this many times in my future! Awesome recipe!

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    Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy
    December 6, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    OMG this looks so divine. What a great way to warm up from the cold winter weather. Coming in from snow shoeing would be great to have this waiting to snuggle up to.

  • Reply
    Jill
    December 6, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    It looks so decadent! I need to try this recipe. Loving your photos too.

  • Reply
    Sarah
    December 6, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Oh this looks absolutely perfect! Hot, rich, thick and creamy…I will definitely be making this during the next snow fall!

  • Reply
    Mira
    December 6, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    It looks so creamy that I’m going to make it right now!!! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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    Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry
    December 6, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Oh my, this looks so warm and comforting! You just can’t beat a cup of hot chocolate whilst curled up on the sofa and indulgent Italian hot chocolate is just the best. Will definitely be giving this a try one night this week when the weather is a little cold to warm us up!

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