Italian-Style Hot Chocolate

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Did you know that Italian hot chocolate is different? I didn't, until I saw jessyratfink's hot chocolate.
The first thing that comes to my mind whenever I think of hot chocolate is its creaminess, but I was surprised to see that that chocolate was completely liquid and not as thick as the one I am used to drink here.
For this reason, I decided to do a little experiment: I googled "hot chocolate" (in English) and looked at the photos. All of them were showing a liquid hot chocolate. Right after that I googled "cioccolata calda" and what I saw in those photos was the typical hot chocolate that I grew up drinking.
I finally realized that what is known as hot chocolate in English speaking countries is different than the one we make in Italy. The one we make here is creamy, and that's probably one of the things I love the most about it.

In this instructable I am going to show you how to make the typical hot chocolate made in Italy. It's very easy and fast to make, and very similar to the American recipe, except for one simple ingredient that makes the difference! :)

Note: I've been reading that many of you think that this is pudding. Pudding is thicker than this hot chocolate. It may look much thicker because it took me a while to take photos and the chocolate stabilized during that time. Please check out "cioccolata calda" here so you can see that it is NOT pudding!
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Step 1: Ingredients

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Dose for 1 cup of hot chocolate:
  • 2 tsp of cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp of sugar
  • 1 tsp of potato starch (or corn starch)
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) of milk 
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austinn4 days ago

i love it.

I want to make this mainly to see if the chocolate becomes non-Newtonian to some extent due to the corn starch! I've never heard of this type of beverage before.
lindarose92 (author)  peter5462 months ago

thanks :)

deepakjuneja12 months ago

very nice i like it

lindarose92 (author)  deepakjuneja12 months ago

Glad you like it :)

I Love Choclolates

lindarose92 (author)  packersmoversdelhi2 months ago

Good, I hope you love this too :)

galiliosharma3 months ago

Great Work

lindarose92 (author)  galiliosharma2 months ago


Just back from Italy and was looking for a recipe. This is fantastic.
lindarose92 (author)  david.knowles.9823 months ago

So happy about that! :)

lindarose92 (author)  hotelsnegril3 months ago

Yay! I'm so glad you liked it! :)

punkgirl3 months ago
I used to love visiting the franchise Max Brenner for their Italian Thick Hot Chocolate, so glad I know how to make it myself now! Thank you for sharing :)
lindarose92 (author)  punkgirl3 months ago

I'm so glad about that, thank you! :)

lindarose92 (author)  bhandarijames3 months ago


olivia114 months ago

love this recipe! thanks for this

lindarose92 (author)  olivia114 months ago

You're welcome, I'm glad you like it! :)


lindarose92 (author)  manishamalhotra4 months ago


hazzalandy4 months ago

II absolutely love this recipe! I served it as a sauce over homemade vanilla gelato (ice cream) and everybody could not believe that it wasn't 'real' chocolate!

lindarose92 (author)  hazzalandy4 months ago

Wow, that sounds super delicious! I'm glad you liked it! :)

BrianDean4 months ago


lindarose92 (author)  BrianDean4 months ago

Thank you!

davis315 months ago


lindarose92 (author)  davis315 months ago


edurkstra5 months ago

wow, superrich and creamy! feels like a dessert! Was wondering: don't you meen tblsp? I made it that way and it came out right!
o, it did go superfast and is a little bit on the sweet side to my taste

lindarose92 (author)  edurkstra5 months ago

Thank you! No, I mean teaspoons, it's supposed to be for one cup (a cappuccino cup) so it shouldn't be much more than this :)

I don't like too much sugar, in fact I thought that 2 teaspoons were too little for other people who like it sweet...but 2 tbsp are definitely too much :D

lindarose92 (author)  hanishkumar7866 months ago

Thank you!

lindarose92 (author)  geet216 months ago


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lindarose92 (author)  rohit546 months ago

Yes, I hope you try it too! :)

lindarose92 (author)  money366 months ago


lindarose92 (author)  monika546 months ago

I am so glad you did :)

lindarose92 (author)  arvindr6 months ago


lindarose92 (author)  marksrecycling6 months ago

It really is :D

lindarose92 (author)  adcleaning146 months ago

Thank you :)

lindarose92 (author)  hanish7866 months ago

Glad you do!

lindarose92 (author)  geetika7866 months ago

Thanks :)

lindarose92 (author)  sydneywidebathrooms16 months ago

Thank you!

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