Italian-style hot chocolate

    20 min

    Known as cioccolata calda in Italy, this thick hot chocolate is more like a dessert than a drink! In fact, locals 'eat' it with a spoon. Pure chocolate decadence!

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    Serves: 2 

    • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons caster sugar
    • 350ml milk
    • 2 tablespoons milk
    • 1 tablespoon cornflour

    Prep:5min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:20min 

    1. Mix the cocoa powder and sugar together in a small saucepan. Stir in 350ml milk and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Place over low heat; slowly bring the mixture to a low simmer.
    2. Whisk 2 tablespoons of milk together with the cornflour in a small cup; slowly whisk the cornflour mixture into the cocoa mixture. Continue cooking, whisking continually, until the hot chocolate reaches a thick custard consistency, 2 to 3 minutes.

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    The recipe looked interesting and was fun to try. I'm Italian, grew up with Italian cooks and Italian cooking, and I travel to Italy - yet I've never heard of this! Curiosity hooked me right away. It's not bad - it comes together quickly and certainly is easy enough to make. It's kind of a cross between chocolate pudding and hot cocoa. Having said that, however, the consistency is odd, like it can't make its mind up between the two. In addition, it's not sweet enough and is rather flat tasting - it could definitely benefit from a little extra sugar, a splash of vanilla and a pinch of salt. The concept was intriguing, and Hubs and I did enjoy it, but not enough to make again. I guess we'd prefer either a cup of hot chocolate or a dish of chocolate pudding.  -  23 Oct 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I thought this recipe looked interesting and so I decided to try it. It had the consistency of a non-watery hot chocolate and not a pudding like the picture depicted. Although, it was nice and chocolaty, as is, it is like drinking a cup of melted bitter sweet chocolate with milk. So, if I made again I would definitely add some extra sugar a teaspoon at a time.  -  24 Oct 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is WONDERFUL hot chocolate! It reminds me of the hot chocolate that they drink in the movie Chocolat. It is very thick and creamy but that's why I like it. I added three TBLS of sugar because I like my chocolate sweeter. It was the perfect amount as suggested by another reviewer. I also added two dashes of Cayanne pepper, and three dashes of cinnamon to give it that little extra kick of heat and to cut the chocolaty flavor just a bit. It was really good. I know the recipe says it makes two servings but it filled my big mug and I drank it all. If you want that extra creaminess, use either 2% or whole milk. Also, dipping sponge cake in it is heaven!  -  08 Apr 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)