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 

Step 2: Make the mix

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Let's mix all the powdered ingredients first: put 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder in a small container where you'll cook the chocolate, then add 2 teaspoons of sugar and a teaspoon of potato starch.
You can put more/less sugar depending on your taste. 2 teaspoons were enough for me since I don't like it too sweet.

The potato starch (or corn starch) is the secret ingredient! That will make the difference because instead of remaining liquid, the chocolate will thicken thanks to the starch.

Mix all these ingredients together trying to remove all possible lumps.

Step 3: Add the milk

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Pour a little bit of milk in the mix now, very very little. You just need it to make a cream, mixing everything together.
When the cream looks smooth, add the rest of the milk and mix everything together.

The mix is ready to be heated :)

Step 4: Heat it!

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Put the mix on the stove keeping a medium flame and stir the chocolate. Keep doing it, never stop!
After a few minutes the liquid will become hot enough to thicken by itself. You can notice that the color of the chocolate will become darker too.
As soon as you feel that it's getting thick, turn the stove off.
It doesn't need to be really thick, it can be halfway between liquid and thick, which is the way it's usually done...that is up to you anyway!

Your hot chocolate is ready!

Remember: the more you leave it on the stove, the thicker it will get. So it's better to remove it from the stove immediately, even if the chocolate doesn't seem thick enough. It is so hot that it will continue to warm up for a while without being heated so it will get thicker when you pour it in a cup.

Enjoy it!! :)
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patatarium21 days ago
It's look so delicious I absolutely gonna try 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)  peter5464 months ago

thanks :)

lindarose92 (author)  deepakjuneja14 months ago

Glad you like it :)

I Love Choclolates

lindarose92 (author)  packersmoversdelhi5 months ago

Good, I hope you love this too :)

galiliosharma5 months ago

Great Work

lindarose92 (author)  galiliosharma5 months ago


Just back from Italy and was looking for a recipe. This is fantastic.
lindarose92 (author)  david.knowles.9825 months ago

So happy about that! :)

lindarose92 (author)  hotelsnegril5 months ago

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

punkgirl5 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)  punkgirl5 months ago

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

lindarose92 (author)  bhandarijames5 months ago


olivia116 months ago

love this recipe! thanks for this

lindarose92 (author)  olivia116 months ago

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


lindarose92 (author)  manishamalhotra6 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)  hazzalandy6 months ago

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

BrianDean6 months ago


lindarose92 (author)  BrianDean6 months ago

Thank you!

davis317 months ago


lindarose92 (author)  davis317 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)  hanishkumar7868 months ago

Thank you!

lindarose92 (author)  geet218 months ago


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lindarose92 (author)  rohit548 months ago

Yes, I hope you try it too! :)

lindarose92 (author)  money368 months ago


lindarose92 (author)  monika548 months ago

I am so glad you did :)

lindarose92 (author)  arvindr8 months ago


lindarose92 (author)  marksrecycling8 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


joreknight9 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!

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