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.
AUTHENTIC ITALIAN HOT CHOCOLATE
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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HOW TO MAKE AUTHENTIC ITALIAN HOT CHOCOLATE
Depending on your taste, you can make Italian hot chocolate super dense or make it a bit more drinkable. You’ll get the desired consistency by adding or completely cutting cornstarch. One teaspoon per serving will give you a medium dense consistency.
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.
authentic Italian hot chocolate
- 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
Break the chocolate in small pieces and set it aside.
Place milk, cornstarch, and cocoa powder in a pot. Whisk well.
Heat over medium/low heat for a minute or so. Add sugar and salt, and mix well.
Add chocolate and melt, continually stirring with a wooden spoon. Bring to a boil and cook a minute or two.
Pour into a cute mug and serve hot!
You can use brown sugar instead of white, but the flavor will change slightly.
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Enjoy your thick and delicious Italian hot chocolate!