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Rich & Creamy Italian Hot Chocolate

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Indulge in a decadent Italian Hot Chocolate.

Treat your taste buds to next level hot chocolate. Authentic Italian hot chocolate is rich, decadent, and thick. It’s not a drink that you add creative toppings too. It’s a standalone drink, with maybe a hint of cream, and a cozy corner to hide away in so you can savor it.

Elena Davis shares her recipe for authentic Italian Hot Chocolate and advice for selecting the right cocoa.

Find more Italian recipes from Elena at, or on Instagram, @cucinabyelena.


Italian Hot Chocolate


  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 3,5 oz dark chocolate, 50-75% cacao
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch or potato starch
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Chop the dark chocolate into very small pieces.
  2.  In a bowl mix together cornstarch (or potato starch) and powdered sugar. Set aside.
  3. Place the milk on low heat. When the milk is hot, but well before it starts to boil (about 3 minutes), add the corn starch and sugar mixture and start stirring, always in the same direction, avoiding the formation of lumps.
  4. Once bubbles start to form on the surface (about 4 minutes), add the chocolate and vanilla and mix until thick and creamy, about 1 minute). The starch will cause it to thicken even when removed from heat, so it’s a good idea to remove the chocolate from the heat before it thickens completely (otherwise you run the risk of turning it into a spoon cake!).
  5. Pour it into two mugs and serve it warm. For a dash of decadence, add a dollop of whipped cream on top!

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