Italian Hot Chocolate (Cioccolata Calda)

Today is a hot chocolate kind of day.

Well, pretty much every day is a hot chocolate kind of day.

I spotted a delicious looking hot chocolate on Pinterest the other day and, since then, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. I typed a few keywords into Google and discovered that it was Cioccolata Calda- Italian Hot Chocolate. When I saw this recipe on The Stay At Home Chef I just knew that this was the one. Perhaps love at first sight really applies to chocolate?

During my research I also came across the difference between hot cocoa and hot chocolate. I always thought the hot cocoa was the American way of saying hot chocolate, but theoretically hot cocoa is made with cocoa powder and boiling water, whereas hot chocolate is made with real chocolate.

Italian Hot Chocolate

According to The Stay At Home Chef, the author of this recipe is Rachel Farnsworth. However, I did tweak it a tad bit according to my preferences. I added some instant coffee and I decreased the amount of sugar used. The instant coffee really brings out the chocolate flavour!

You can use any type of chocolate for this recipe, although I do believe that dark chocolate with a splash of milk chocolate is the best combination.


  • Butter (2 tablespoons)
  • Cornstarch (2 teaspoons to 1 tablespoon)
  • Milk (2 cups)
  • Sugar (3 tablespoons)
  • Chopped chocolate/Chocolate chips (1 cup)
  • Instant Coffee with water (1,5 tablespoons)


  1. Melt the butter in a small saucepan.
  2. Whisk the cornstarch in the melted butter until it is combined. More cornstatch means a thicker hot chocolate.
  3. Add in the milk and the sugar.
  4. Increase the heat slightly to bring the mixture to a boil, ensuring that you stir continuously.
  5. Decrease the heat when the micture begins to thicken.
  6. Stir the chocolate in until well combined.

Italian Hot Chocolate

You can drink 2-4 cups of this both hot and cold, it’s all up to you! I would serve these in very small cups as it is very rich compared to the hot cocoa that we’re used to.

Are you going to make this? What is your favourite Christmas drink?


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