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

lindarose92 (author)  chocolatechip12 days ago

Let me know how it turns out! :)

Good one ;)

lindarose92 (author)  midnightfood24 days ago

Thanks! :)

stevebhalla28 days ago

I like it ;)

lindarose92 (author)  stevebhalla24 days ago

Glad you like it :)

johnstat0001 month ago

Mmm... Just like home country!

lindarose92 (author)  johnstat0001 month ago

Glad you like it! :)

BARNABASSABA3 months ago

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

lindarose92 (author)  BARNABASSABA3 months ago

Thank you so much! :)

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)  laughinggasses6 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!! :)

(I take it you're in the UK too...) I just made it with corn flour, my first attempt wasn't thick but this time I brought the mixture up to the boil and then let it simmer. It tastes great!

Yep, that worked for me too! Awesome recipe!

lindarose92 (author)  laughinggasses5 months ago

Thank you all!! :)

Thank you for the recipe!!! :)

EmeraldOre5 months ago

Woah! That looks DELICIOUS!!!!!

lindarose92 (author)  EmeraldOre5 months ago

It really is! Thank you so much!! :)

Oh, one question: Does it go good with mini marshmallows?

lindarose92 (author)  EmeraldOre5 months ago

Marshmallows on hot chocolate are not so common here and I have never had it that way, but you can definitely try! I don't think it will be bad at all ;)

pie201020116 months ago
So so hungry...
lindarose92 (author)  pie201020116 months ago

lol you mus try it then! :D

lindarose92 (author)  lindarose926 months ago


wow this is amazing I made it for me my mom and my brother and we loooovvveeed!! it.
lindarose92 (author)  Paracordaholic6 months ago

Yay! I'm so happy about that!! Thanks! :)

Looks so good. Can't wait to try.. actually today is a snow day so I think I will now! Thanks for the instructable.

Update: I just made this and everyone drank it down immediately. It was an easy recipe to follow and so tasty! The richness is so different from American hot chocolate. I made the mistake of adding too much sugar because at first it didn't seem like enough, but as I was drinking the full richness of it hit me. It was delicious, but next time I'll follow your advice on the sugar. :) Thank you again for the recipe.

lindarose92 (author)  veruca_salt8906 months ago

Oh this makes me so happy, thank you so much! Yes, the sugar doesn't seem much at first and maybe it really isn't, but I actually like it that'll find out what the perfect sugar quantity is for you after trying it a couple of times :)

Lisa-O_o made it!6 months ago

It tasted soo good! I made a double batch for me and my brother :)

lindarose92 (author)  Lisa-O_o6 months ago

Wow, it looks wonderful!! Thank you for sharing the picture, I'm so glad you liked it! Oh, and I loooove Ferrero Rocher! :D

cpolansky6 months ago

thank you so much my son LOVED it

lindarose92 (author)  cpolansky6 months ago

Your son is awesome! :D Thank you so much for trying it!!

ffarris6 months ago

So good! My chocaholic boo loves it!

lindarose92 (author)  ffarris6 months ago

Thank you! I'm so glad he loved it!! :)

Congrats on winning the first prize! :D

lindarose92 (author)  Muhaiminah Faiz6 months ago

Thank you Muhaiminah! :)

faiza0076 months ago

congrats linda..! you deserve the win..! :D

lindarose92 (author)  faiza0076 months ago

Aw thank you so much Faiza!! :)

You are winning it Linda :)
I can tell you late. Congratulations!
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