Indulge in a heartwarming hug with every sip of this Italian Hot Chocolate recipe. Creamy, rich, and satisfyingly sweet, this drink is the perfect way to cozy up on a cold day.




Ready In:


6 min




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Italian Hot Chocolate

By: Silvana Lanzetta

Have you ever been to Italy in the wintertime and tried our heavenly hot chocolate? If you have, you know what I’m talking about! It’s dark, creamy, and the perfect comfort drink for those long and chilly afternoons. Honestly, it’s one of my all-time favourite winter treats that reminds me of home and warmth.

Italian creamy hot chocolate


For me, it’s more than just a winter treat. It’s a reminder of home and cosiness. Whenever I drink it, I’m transported back to my childhood, where my parents and grandparents would sip their coffee while I had my cup of hot chocolate.

 Even now, it’s hard for me to resist a cup of this luscious drink. Sadly, my kids don’t share my passion for Italian hot chocolate and prefer regular chocolate milk instead. But hey, more for me, right?

Since leaving Italy, it’s been difficult to find a good cup of hot chocolate, but thankfully, it’s easy to make at home. You don’t need to buy pre-made sachets from Italian delis, which are often loaded with additives and expensive. All you need are a few simple ingredients you likely already have in your cupboard. Here’s my recipe for a deliciously smooth Italian hot chocolate.

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Italian hot chocolate is not typically a low-calorie beverage due to its sugar content, so it should be consumed in moderation as part of a balanced diet. Additionally, the use of cacao powder provides some potential health benefits, such as antioxidants and minerals like iron and magnesium.

  • Proteins 17% 17%
  • Carbs 55% 55%
  • Fats 28% 28%
Italian creamy hot chocolate

Make a delicious cup of Italian hot chocolate

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Start by mixing all the dry ingredients and passing them through a fine sieve to get rid of any lumps. 

Step 2

Then, add a little milk to the mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until you get a thick paste. Gradually add the rest of the milk while stirring continuously until it’s all absorbed

Step 3

Put the saucepan on medium heat and continue stirring until the milk boils. Reduce the heat and let it bubble for a minute while stirring vigorously.

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Step 4

Pour the hot chocolate into small teacups (not mugs) and enjoy!


If you’re feeling fancy, you can add a sprinkle of cinnamon or whipped cream on top. My personal favourite is to crush a couple of amaretto biscuits into crumbs and sprinkle them over the hot chocolate for a little crunch.

One tip: to get the best flavour, use good-quality cacao powder and avoid instant powders like Nesquik. Potato starch is the best thickener to use because it’s light and doesn’t leave an aftertaste, but plain flour or cornflour can also work.

If you find your hot chocolate is too thick, simply reduce the amount of starch to a quarter of a teaspoon. Now, go ahead and treat yourself to a cup of rich and delicious Italian hot chocolate – you won’t regret it!

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Italian creamy hot chocolate

Italian hot chocolate

  • Author: Silvana
  • Total Time: 6 minutes
  • Yield: 1 portion 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Indulge in the rich and creamy goodness of Italian hot chocolate with this easy-to-follow recipe. With just a few simple ingredients and some stirring, you can recreate the taste of Italy in your own kitchen.


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  1. Begin by combining all the dry ingredients and sifting them through a fine sieve.
  2. Once any lumps have been removed, slowly add a small amount of milk and stir until a thick paste forms.
  3. Gradually incorporate the rest of the milk while stirring constantly until it is fully absorbed.
  4. Next, place a saucepan over medium heat and continue stirring until the milk begins to boil.
  5. Reduce the heat and let it bubble for a minute while vigorously stirring. Serve the hot chocolate in small teacups.


Consider adding a dash of cinnamon or a dollop of whipped cream for an extra treat. For a delightful crunch, try crumbling some amaretto biscuits over the top.

For optimal flavor, be sure to use high-quality cacao powder and avoid instant powders.

While potato starch is the best thickener due to its light texture and lack of aftertaste, plain flour or cornflour can also be used.

If your hot chocolate is too thick, simply decrease the amount of starch to a quarter of a teaspoon. 

  • Prep Time: 10minute
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Desserts
  • Cuisine: Italian
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