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This is the authentic recipe for a cup of Italian hot chocolate, the thick drink you will savor in any “bar” (cafe). It is the basic recipe to get a medium dense hot chocolate: a delicious treat for cold winter days.

Italian hot chocolate recipe in a Christmas mug
thick Italian hot chocolate recipe

The secret for a delicious cup of smooth hot chocolate is to stir the liquid constantly with a wooden spoon.

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Italian style hot chocolate recipe
hot chocolate recipe

Italian hot chocolate recipe

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 in 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.

Enjoy your thick hot chocolate!


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