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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davis3121 hours ago


lindarose92 (author)  davis3119 hours ago


edurkstra17 days 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)  edurkstra17 days 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)  hanishkumar78629 days ago

Thank you!

lindarose92 (author)  geet211 month ago


lindarose92 (author)  sofia211 month ago


lindarose92 (author)  rohit541 month ago

Yes, I hope you try it too! :)

lindarose92 (author)  money361 month ago


lindarose92 (author)  monika541 month ago

I am so glad you did :)

lindarose92 (author)  arvindr1 month ago


lindarose92 (author)  marksrecycling1 month ago

It really is :D

lindarose92 (author)  adcleaning141 month ago

Thank you :)

lindarose92 (author)  hanish7861 month ago

Glad you do!

lindarose92 (author)  geetika7861 month ago

Thanks :)

Thank you!


joreknight1 month 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)  joreknight1 month 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)  jyotisingh2 months ago


chocolatechip3 months ago

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

lindarose92 (author)  chocolatechip3 months ago

Let me know how it turns out! :)

lindarose92 (author)  midnightfood3 months ago

Thanks! :)

lindarose92 (author)  stevebhalla3 months ago

Glad you like it :)

johnstat0004 months ago

Mmm... Just like home country!

lindarose92 (author)  johnstat0004 months ago

Glad you like it! :)

BARNABASSABA7 months ago

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

lindarose92 (author)  BARNABASSABA7 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)  laughinggasses9 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)  laughinggasses8 months ago

Thank you all!! :)

Thank you for the recipe!!! :)

EmeraldOre9 months ago

Woah! That looks DELICIOUS!!!!!

lindarose92 (author)  EmeraldOre9 months ago

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

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

lindarose92 (author)  EmeraldOre8 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 ;)

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