This is the authentic Italian hot chocolate recipe, the thick drink you will savor in any “bar” (cafe) in Italy.

It is the basic recipe to get a medium-dense hot chocolate: a delicious treat for cold winter days.

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The authentic Italian hot chocolate, the one you order at cafès, is thick and creamy, so thick you end up savoring it with a spoon. 

The recipe to get the same thick hot chocolate combines a dark chocolate bar, cow milk, cocoa powder, sugar, and a hint of cornstarch, which is the secret to densify liquids. I add a pinch of salt to exalt sweetness.

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thick Italian hot chocolate recipe


Depending on your taste, you can make Italian hot chocolate super dense or make it a bit more drinkable. YYou’ll get the desired consistency by adding or completely cutting cornstarch. One teaspoon per serving will give you a medium-dense texture.

But cornstarch is tricky: it might clump into unpleasant lumps. To avoid it, you must stir the hot chocolate constantly until perfectly done. Don’t worry, it doesn’t take that long.

Devote a little of your time to making this delicious wintery treat: it’s slow things and long moments that make life a bit more special.

Italian style hot chocolate recipe

authentic Italian hot chocolate

Course Drinks
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Author Claudia Rinaldi


  • 3/4 cup of cow milk
  • 2.6 oz 75 gr of dark chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon of cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt


  1. Break the chocolate into small pieces and set it aside.

  2. Place milk, cornstarch, and cocoa powder in a pot. Whisk well.
  3. Heat over medium/low heat for a minute or so. Add sugar and salt, and mix well.
  4. Add chocolate and melt, continually stirring with a wooden spoon. Bring to a boil and cook a minute or two.
  5. Pour into a cute mug and serve hot!

Recipe Notes

You can use brown sugar instead of white, but the flavor will change slightly.

hot chocolate recipe


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Enjoy your thick and delicious Italian hot chocolate!