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Italian Hot Chocolate (Cioccolata Calda) - The thickest, richest, most amazing hot chocolate I've ever tasted!

Italian Hot Chocolate (Cioccolata Calda)

Italian Hot Chocolate (Cioccolata Calda) is incredibly rich and thick - almost like drinking pudding. Such a decadent drink!
Course Drinks
Cuisine Italian
Prep 5 minutes
Cook 5 minutes
Total 10 minutes
Servings 2 to 4 servings
Calories 482 kcal
Author Michelle


  • 1 cup whole milk divided
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • teaspoons cornstarch
  • ounces dark chocolate finely chopped
  • Whipped cream to garnish


  1. In a small saucepan, whisk together the ¾ cup of the milk, the cream and sugar. Set the saucepan over medium-low heat and cook until it starts to bubble around the edges.
  2. While the milk mixture is heating, whisk together the remaining ¼ milk and the cornstarch until it is smooth. Once the milk mixture starts bubbling around the edges, add the milk and cornstarch mixture and whisk until it’s heated through, about 1 minute.
  3. Add the the chopped chocolate and whisk together until it’s smooth and thick enough to coat a spoon, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, pour into mugs and serve with whipped cream if desired (this recipe filled two standard coffee mugs for me, but it's pretty rich, so I could definitely see only having a half cupful if you prefer). The drink will continue to thicken if it is left to sit off the heat.

Recipe Notes

Note: To spike these drinks, whisk 1½ tablespoons of your favorite liqueur into the hot chocolate after removing from the heat.

Nutritional vales are based on one serving

Nutrition Facts
Italian Hot Chocolate (Cioccolata Calda)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 482 Calories from Fat 333
% Daily Value*
Fat 37g57%
Saturated Fat 22g138%
Cholesterol 88mg29%
Sodium 55mg2%
Potassium 353mg10%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 975IU20%
Vitamin C 0.3mg0%
Calcium 131mg13%
Iron 3.8mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.