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

How To Make the BEST Hot Chocolate

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: chocolate, chocolate dessert, hot chocolate, italian dessert, italian hot chocolate
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: The Petite Cook
The BEST hot chocolate in the world - Learn how to make traditional Italian Hot Chocolate at home with just 5 ingredients and 10 minutes!
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  • 4 tsp white or demerara sugar (20 g)
  • 4 tsp cornflour (20 g)
  • 5 tsp high-quality organic cocoa powder (25 g)
  • 500 ml fresh whole (or semi-skimmed) milk, warmed 17.5 fl oz
  • 120 gr 70% dark chocolate, finely chopped (4oz)
  • whipped cream, to serve (optional)


  • Whisk the cornflour, cocoa and sugar in a small pot.
  • 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 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. 



For best results, I recommend you drink it straight away, as it will become denser as it cools.