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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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)  peter5463 months ago

thanks :)

lindarose92 (author)  deepakjuneja13 months ago

Glad you like it :)

I Love Choclolates

lindarose92 (author)  packersmoversdelhi4 months ago

Good, I hope you love this too :)

galiliosharma4 months ago

Great Work

lindarose92 (author)  galiliosharma4 months ago


Just back from Italy and was looking for a recipe. This is fantastic.
lindarose92 (author)  david.knowles.9824 months ago

So happy about that! :)

lindarose92 (author)  hotelsnegril4 months ago

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

punkgirl4 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)  punkgirl4 months ago

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

lindarose92 (author)  bhandarijames4 months ago


olivia115 months ago

love this recipe! thanks for this

lindarose92 (author)  olivia115 months ago

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


lindarose92 (author)  manishamalhotra5 months ago


hazzalandy6 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)  hazzalandy5 months ago

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

BrianDean6 months ago


lindarose92 (author)  BrianDean6 months ago

Thank you!

davis316 months ago


lindarose92 (author)  davis316 months ago


edurkstra7 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)  edurkstra7 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)  hanishkumar7867 months ago

Thank you!

lindarose92 (author)  geet217 months ago


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lindarose92 (author)  rohit547 months ago

Yes, I hope you try it too! :)

lindarose92 (author)  money367 months ago


lindarose92 (author)  monika547 months ago

I am so glad you did :)

lindarose92 (author)  arvindr7 months ago


lindarose92 (author)  marksrecycling7 months ago

It really is :D

lindarose92 (author)  adcleaning148 months ago

Thank you :)

lindarose92 (author)  hanish7868 months ago

Glad you do!

lindarose92 (author)  geetika7868 months ago

Thanks :)

lindarose92 (author)  sydneywidebathrooms18 months ago

Thank you!

lindarose92 (author)  sydneywidebathrooms8 months ago


joreknight8 months ago

We also have this same type of hot chocolate in Mexico, although we do it a little less thicker, it's called atole de maizena here (maizena is Mexico's most popular corn starch brand). You can buy it in a lot of different flavors also.

Tonight I made it your way and it was awesome!

lindarose92 (author)  joreknight8 months ago

Great! I'm so glad you liked it! :) We do have maizena in Italy too, and I had no idea that it was the brand's name, I thought it was the actual name of that kind of starch or something like that :D Thanks for the info!

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