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

Best Italian Hot Chocolate

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 565kcal
The best hot chocolate in the world - Learn how to make traditional Italian Hot Chocolate at home with just 5 ingredients and 10 minutes!
Print Recipe


  • 5 tsp high-quality organic cocoa powder (20 g)
  • 4 tsp cornstarch (20 g)
  • 4 tsp sugar (25 g)
  • 500 ml fresh whole milk, warmed (17.5 fl oz)
  • 120 gr 70% dark chocolate, finely chopped (4oz)

To serve:

  • 2 tbsp fresh whipped cream (optional)


  • Whisk the cornstarch, 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. 



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


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