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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)

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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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


Calories: 482kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 55mg | Potassium: 353mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 975IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 131mg | Iron: 3.8mg