Italian Hot Chocolate in a clear glass on white napkin and chocolate in the background

Italian Hot Chocolate

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: chocolate dessert, hot chocolate, italian dessert, italian hot chocolate
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
Italian hot chocolate is rich, creamy and decadent. Half-way between a drink and a dessert, it's the most delicious way to warm yourself up this winter.
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  • 500 ml fresh whole (or semi-skimmed) milk, warmed 17.5 fl oz
  • 4 tsp cornflour (20 g)
  • 5 tsp high-quality organic cocoa powder (25 g)
  • 4 tsp white or demerara sugar (20 g)
  • 120 gr 70% dark chocolate, finely chopped (4oz)
  • whipped cream, to serve (optional)


  • Pour the warm milk in a large pot. Whisk in the sifted cornflour, cocoa and sugar.
  • Warm the mixture over medium-low heat, whisking occasionally 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 creamy and dense, adding more sugar if you like it sweeter.
  • Divide the Italian hot chocolate among two cups, top with whipped cream and serve. 



Post originally published in December 2015 and updated with more info.