Recipe: Italian Hot Cocoa

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Christina from Food Apparel shared her recipe for Italian Hot Chocolate. To see how to make the recipe a few different ways go to

Italian Hot Chocolate Recipe (aka Cioccolata Calda)

Try this recipe for a thick, rich, and creamy hot chocolate, almost like a drinkable pudding. The Italians love this style! Using high-quality chocolate will give you the best results.

Course: Drink
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings: 4 cups
Author Tammy Blankenship
3 cups milk
1 cup chocolate or chocolate chips approx 6 ounces, finely chopped or ground in the food processor
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1-3 tablespoons sugar depending the percentage of your chocolate and personal preference
1 teaspoon vanilla extract optional
Warm milk over medium heat until scalding. Make sure to stir frequently to not burn on the bottom of the pan.
While milk is warming, mix cornstarch, sugar, and ground chocolate.
Add chocolate mixture to hot milk.
Cook until slightly thickened (2 to 4 minutes).
Add vanilla (optional) and remove from hot pan immediately.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.