How to Make Italian Hot Chocolate

I am revisiting a post I did way back when I ehem was still knee deep learning about this crazy thing we call blogging . I’m calling a mulligan on this one. It’s perhaps my FAVORITE cold weather drink – Ciccolata Calda (aka Italian hot chocolate, the best hot chocolate in the world) and I think once you’ve tasted it, it will be your favorite too. If you’ve been making something from a packet (and it’s okay you just didn’t know any better – we’re here to help)  ditch it and make this instead. You’ll never look back. Guaranteed.

Italian hot chocolate is rick, thick and decadent. It has an almost pudding like consistency and big bold chocolate flavor. It’s made with just 4 simple ingredients and takes less than 5 minutes to mix up on your stove. It will warm you from head to toe and make you smile wider with every sip.

To get that rich flavor be sure to use the highest quality chocolate you can find. It does make a difference. I used Scharffen Berger 70% Cacao Bittersweet Fine Artisan Dark Chocolate.

If you want to make it extra special add a few whipped cream hearts (pictured top of post)!


How to Make Italian Hot Chocolate

What You Will Need:

  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate 70% or higher
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch

What To Do:

  1. Into a saucepan over LOW heat add chocolate and a smidge of milk. Stir with a wooden spoon until melted.
  2. SLOWLY add remaining milk until it’s well combined. Add sugar. Mix to combine. Whisk in corn starch.
  3. Continue cooking over LOW heat until it becomes thick, creamy and coats the back of the wooden spoon.


  1. 39

    This looks & sounds amazing. It’s pretty hot right now in Florida but I’m bookmarking this for winter!!

    Would love for you to check out today’s ‘Flat White: Espresso & Milk’ post over at Haiku House.

    Have a wonderful day!


  2. 40
    Marlafu /

    Actually that’s Spanish Hot Chocolate. In Spain chocolate is thick, to dip churros or buñuelos in it.

  3. 41
    Kali /

    It doesn’t thicken very well for me. I’ve whisked for ten minutes and still doesn’t thicken. Does 2% and whole milk differ that much for this recipe?

    • 41.1

      Hi Kali, I’ve not tried it with 2%, try increasing the heat and stirring until it thickens. Hope that helps.


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