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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olivia1111 days ago

love this recipe! thanks for this

lindarose92 (author)  olivia1111 days ago

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


lindarose92 (author)  manishamalhotra19 days ago


hazzalandy20 days 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)  hazzalandy20 days ago

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

BrianDean24 days ago


lindarose92 (author)  BrianDean24 days ago

Thank you!

davis311 month ago


lindarose92 (author)  davis311 month ago


edurkstra1 month 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)  edurkstra1 month 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)  hanishkumar7862 months ago

Thank you!

lindarose92 (author)  geet212 months ago


lindarose92 (author)  sofia212 months ago


lindarose92 (author)  rohit542 months ago

Yes, I hope you try it too! :)

lindarose92 (author)  money362 months ago


lindarose92 (author)  monika542 months ago

I am so glad you did :)

lindarose92 (author)  arvindr2 months ago


lindarose92 (author)  marksrecycling2 months ago

It really is :D

lindarose92 (author)  adcleaning142 months ago

Thank you :)

lindarose92 (author)  hanish7862 months ago

Glad you do!

lindarose92 (author)  geetika7862 months ago

Thanks :)

lindarose92 (author)  sydneywidebathrooms12 months ago

Thank you!

lindarose92 (author)  sydneywidebathrooms2 months ago


joreknight2 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)  joreknight2 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!

We also freeze it during the hotter months of the year

lindarose92 (author)  jyotisingh3 months ago


chocolatechip4 months ago

I will have to try this! Too bad I never tried any when I went to Italy!

lindarose92 (author)  chocolatechip4 months ago

Let me know how it turns out! :)

lindarose92 (author)  midnightfood5 months ago

Thanks! :)

lindarose92 (author)  stevebhalla5 months ago

Glad you like it :)

johnstat0005 months ago

Mmm... Just like home country!

lindarose92 (author)  johnstat0005 months ago

Glad you like it! :)

BARNABASSABA8 months ago

Yummmy... i will definitely choose "cioccolata calda" if i hv to choose one

lindarose92 (author)  BARNABASSABA8 months ago

Thank you so much! :)

laughinggasses10 months ago

I tried making it with corn flour as I didn't have corn starch, but it didn't get thick :(

Can't be done using corn flour is it?

lindarose92 (author)  laughinggasses10 months ago

I'm sorry it didn't get thick that way :( I have never tried it with corn flour so I don't really know, but if it didn't get thick then I believe it doesn't work anyways. I think that what makes the chocolate thick is the starch, so you can probably try any kind of starch, like potato or corn starch, not sure about regular flour.
Anyway, don't give up!! :)

Yes!! It looks so good that it is impossible to not keep trying! :)

First I will try with more corn flour again and check if it works out. If not, will somehow try to get starch.

PS: Even without the starch it tasted really good! :) I just can't imagine how much better it will be with the proper secret ingredient!! Thank you for the recipie!! More please!! :)

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