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thick italian hot chocolate in a clear mug topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings

Best Italian Hot Chocolate - Thick and Creamy

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 565kcal
Learn how to make the BEST Italian hot chocolate at home! This thick hot chocolate is ready in 10 minutes with just 5 ingredients!
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  • 5 teaspoon high-quality organic cocoa powder (20 g)
  • 4 teaspoon cornstarch (20 g)
  • 4 teaspoon sugar (25 g)
  • 500 ml fresh whole milk, warmed (17.5 fl oz)
  • 120 g 70% dark chocolate, finely chopped (4 oz)

To serve:

  • 2 tablespoon fresh whipped cream (optional)


  • Whisk the cornstarch, cocoa and sugar in a small saucepan.
  • Pour the warm milk into the pot.
  • Heat the mixture over medium-low heat, whisking often to avoid lumps.
  • Bring the hot chocolate mixture almost to a light boil, then reduce the heat to low and fold in the chopped dark chocolate. 
  • Whisk the hot chocolate until thick and creamy, adding more sugar if you like it sweeter.
  • Divide the Italian hot chocolate among two cups, top with whipped cream and serve. 



For best results, I recommend drinking your hot chocolate straight away, as it will become denser as it cools.
You can store leftovers in the fridge for up to 1 day, and reheat on the stove, adding an extra tablespoon of milk.


Calories: 565kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 120mg | Potassium: 797mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 405IU | Calcium: 326mg | Iron: 7mg