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Italian Hot Chocolate {Cioccolata Calda}

This recipe is from La Cucina Prima Donna.

Italian Hot Chocolate {Cioccolata Calda} ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #hot #chocolate #recipe

The most incredibly rich, decadent hot chocolate I have ever tasted … it seriously tastes like melted chocolate! My daughter and I discovered our tummies weren’t used to such richness, though, so we thinned it with some low-fat milk and re-warmed our mugs. I left the recipe in its original form, so you can experience the true Italian richness if you wish. If you find it too rich, you can always add milk.

I know, it might seem a little strange to be drinking hot chocolate in April, but we are having a most unusual spring here. The ice storm last week was followed by a big snowstorm and the kids got an unprecedented 3 days off from school last week. My daughter had decided she definitely wanted this rich hot chocolate for her birthday party before we even heard about the storm though … she looooves a good hot chocolate.

If you’re going to drink it full strength, you may want to serve this rich, decadent beverage in small espresso mugs. Just sayin’!

Italian Hot Chocolate {Cioccolata Calda}

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Italian Hot Chocolate {Cioccolata Calda}


  • 1 ½ cups of whole milk
  • 1 Tablespoon of fat free half & half (or cream)
  • 4 ounces of good quality chocolate (she recommends 70% or higher, but we used semi-sweet for my girl because she doesn't like her hot chocolate too dark)
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons of corn starch
  • For the top: whipped light cream


  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, warm the milk and cream to hot but not boiling.
  2. Add in the chocolate and sugar and whisk until the chocolate is melted.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat momentarily to take about 1/2 cup of the liquid and whisk together with the cornstarch until smooth.
  4. Put the pan back on the heat, add the cornstarch mixture back into the rest of the chocolatey liquid in a thin stream, whisking constantly. Cook for a couple minutes longer, whisking constantly, until the mixture is super creamy.
  5. Pour into mugs, top with whipped cream and serve.


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Italian Hot Chocolate {Cioccolata Calda} ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #hot #chocolate #recipe

This recipe was shared at Tasty ThursdayThursday’s TreasuresWeekend Potluck, Scrumptious Sunday, Mop it Up Monday, Melt in your Mouth MondayEveryday Mom’s Meals and Farm Girl Blogfest.

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7 Responses

  1. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Hope to see you soon!
    Miz Helen

    April 20, 2013 at 5:16 pm

  2. This looks heavenly. I found your post on Weekend Potluck.

    April 21, 2013 at 9:42 am

  3. How yummy is this? Oh my goodness! Beautiful! Thank you for sharing at Foodie Friends Friday.

    April 21, 2013 at 12:21 pm

  4. Could you please bring some over? Looks delicious! Thank you for joining Foodie Friends Friday!

    April 21, 2013 at 2:24 pm

  5. The weather is getting colder so such chocolate would be just perfect!

    April 22, 2013 at 3:04 am

  6. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Have a great weekend and enjoy your new Red Plate.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

    April 26, 2013 at 8:28 am

    • Ann

      Yay! Thank you Miz Helen 🙂

      April 27, 2013 at 1:43 pm