Introduction: Italian-Style Hot Chocolate

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!

Step 1: Ingredients

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

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

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!

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!! :)

Comments

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CreativeBlossom made it!(author)2016-08-18

Looks so good!

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RvanM made it!(author)2016-03-01

is it possible to melt chocolate instead of using cocoa powder?????

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Cookie_Lover_48 made it!(author)2015-11-28

I made this, and it was delicious! I ate it all before I could take a picture!

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Shine6 made it!(author)2015-11-27

super yummy

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quickpost made it!(author)2015-10-10

its nice i will try this

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patatarium made it!(author)2015-07-08

It's look so delicious I absolutely gonna try it !

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The+Manic+Puppeteer made it!(author)2015-04-30

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.

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packersmoversdelhi made it!(author)2015-02-28

I Love Choclolates

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lindarose92 made it!(author)2015-03-01

Good, I hope you love this too :)

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galiliosharma made it!(author)2015-02-22

Great Work

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lindarose92 made it!(author)2015-03-01

Thanks!

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david.knowles.982 made it!(author)2015-02-16

Just back from Italy and was looking for a recipe. This is fantastic.

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lindarose92 made it!(author)2015-02-16

So happy about that! :)

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punkgirl made it!(author)2015-02-14

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 :)

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lindarose92 made it!(author)2015-02-15

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

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olivia11 made it!(author)2015-01-14

love this recipe! thanks for this

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lindarose92 made it!(author)2015-01-15

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

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manishamalhotra made it!(author)2015-01-06

Yummmy

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lindarose92 made it!(author)2015-01-07

:)

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hazzalandy made it!(author)2015-01-06

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!

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lindarose92 made it!(author)2015-01-06

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

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BrianDean made it!(author)2015-01-01

great

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lindarose92 made it!(author)2015-01-02

Thank you!

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davis31 made it!(author)2014-12-19

superb

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lindarose92 made it!(author)2014-12-20

Thanks!

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edurkstra made it!(author)2014-12-03

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

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lindarose92 made it!(author)2014-12-03

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

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joreknight made it!(author)2014-10-28

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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lindarose92 made it!(author)2014-10-29

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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joreknight made it!(author)2014-10-28

We also freeze it during the hotter months of the year

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chocolatechip made it!(author)2014-09-07

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

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lindarose92 made it!(author)2014-09-07

Let me know how it turns out! :)

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johnstat000 made it!(author)2014-08-10

Mmm... Just like home country!

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lindarose92 made it!(author)2014-08-11

Glad you like it! :)

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BARNABASSABA made it!(author)2014-05-23

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

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lindarose92 made it!(author)2014-05-24

Thank you so much! :)

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laughinggasses made it!(author)2014-03-06

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?

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lindarose92 made it!(author)2014-03-06

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!! :)

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laughinggasses made it!(author)2014-03-07

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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hazzalandy made it!(author)2014-03-31

(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!

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laughinggasses made it!(author)2014-04-05

Yep, that worked for me too! Awesome recipe!

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lindarose92 made it!(author)2014-04-05

Thank you all!! :)

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laughinggasses made it!(author)2014-04-06

Thank you for the recipe!!! :)

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EmeraldOre made it!(author)2014-03-23

Woah! That looks DELICIOUS!!!!!

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lindarose92 made it!(author)2014-03-24

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

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EmeraldOre made it!(author)2014-03-26

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

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lindarose92 made it!(author)2014-03-26

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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CrystalB01 made it!(author)2014-03-18

So so hungry...

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lindarose92 made it!(author)2014-03-19

lol you mus try it then! :D

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lindarose92 made it!(author)2014-03-19

*must

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