Italian Hot Chocolate is a thick decadent hot chocolate made from real chocolate. It's similar to French Hot Chocolate, but the method is different. But one thing's for sure, both are super delicious warming drinks perfect for the winter!
My hot chocolate recipe collection is growing fast and furiously thanks to the awesome Hot Chocolate Extravaganza that I’m running on my blog these days. Whether it’s this Three-Ingredient Creamy Homemade White Hot Chocolate, or this citrusy Orange Hot Chocolate that you first choose to make, I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed!
Picture this: You're walking down a cobbled street in a small Italian town. It's dusk time, and the wind is cold and blustery. You look around for a place where you can get a hot cup of coffee, and come across a small cafe. You ask for coffee, but your Italian is poor and the barista keeps saying something like Cioccolata Calda, Cioccolata Calda.
You have no idea what it is, but nod your head in agreement and hope it's something warm and comforting. After a few minutes he hands you a big, warm mug of liquid chocolate. At least that's what it looks like.
And then you take a sip, and you die and go to chocolate heaven.
Okay, you don't actually die and go to chocolate heaven. But that's how it feels as this magical liquid runs through your body and warms you to your very, very cold bones.
You look at the barista, and give him the biggest smile ever, because this is the best thing you've ever tasted in your life. And I mean, ever.
You actually want to hug the barista, but don't because that would just freak him out. Anyway you decide that you have found the love of your life (the Italian hot chocolate, not the barista lolz) and you live happily ever after.
What Exactly Is It?
It's a thick and creamy hot chocolate made from real chocolate, milk and sugar. This is the real deal, people.
It's almost pudding like and perfect for very cold winter days.
How Do you Make It?
This Italian hot chocolate is basically the same thing as drinking a chocolate bar in liquid form. That's because I used real chocolate (not just cocoa, although that makes a delicious appearance too, in this heavenly drink), namely Lindt, in this hot chocolate.
Now I have some instructions for you. If you follow these, you will be a very, very happy person soon. Take your favorite bar of milk or dark chocolate (I used Lindt), melt it with a bit of milk, add more milk, then add cocoa powder, sugar and corn starch, and stir until the hot chocolate is thick, thick, thick.
So thick that it coats the back of your wooden spoon, and when you run a finger down the spoon the hot chocolate stays.
And that's when you know your hot chocolate dreams have come true.
Lindt Italian Hot Chocolate - Cioccolata Calda
- 4 oz milk or dark chocolate I used Lindt Milk Chocolate, but you can use your favorite brand
- 1 1/2 cups full fat milk 3 tablespoons of milk separated
- 1-2 tablespoons cocoa powder See notes
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 teaspoons corn starch
- In a medium saucepan, melt the chocolate with two tablespoons of milk on medium heat.
- Slowly add in the milk, continuously mixing with a wooden spoon.
- Add in the cocoa powder and sugar, mixing until fully incorporated.
- In a separate bowl mix the corn starch with one tablespoon of milk, and pour this mixture to the saucepan and mix until the hot chocolate has become thick and coats the back of your spoon.
- Top with cocoa powder, mini marshmallows or even sea salt.
Recipe Inspired by Bell'Alimento