Cioccolata Calda is a rich and luxurious Italian hot chocolate, thicker and creamier than the traditional American hot chocolate. It’s almost like drinking a warm chocolate bar, making it a perfect treat for chocolate lovers. This comforting beverage is ideal for cold winter days or whenever you need a chocolate fix.


  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons sugar, adjust to taste
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3.5 ounces (100 grams) high-quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa), finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • Whipped cream, for serving (optional)


  1. Mix Dry Ingredients: In a small bowl, combine the cocoa powder, sugar, and cornstarch. Mix well to remove any lumps. This will help to thicken the hot chocolate and distribute the cocoa evenly.
  2. Heat the Milk: Pour the milk into a medium saucepan and warm it over medium heat until it starts to steam, but do not let it boil.
  3. Add Dry Ingredients to Milk: Add the dry ingredients mixture to the warm milk, whisking constantly to prevent lumps from forming.
  4. Add Chocolate: Once the dry ingredients are fully incorporated into the milk, add the chopped dark chocolate and vanilla extract (if using). Continue to whisk until the chocolate has melted completely and the mixture is smooth.
  5. Thicken the Hot Chocolate: Keep the mixture on medium heat, stirring constantly, until it starts to thicken to your desired consistency (usually about 3-5 minutes). If you prefer a thicker hot chocolate, you can cook it for a minute or two longer.
  6. Serve: Pour the Cioccolata Calda into mugs. If desired, top with whipped cream.
  7. Garnish (Optional): For an extra touch, you can sprinkle a little cocoa powder or chocolate shavings on top of the whipped cream.

Nutrition Facts (per serving, without whipped cream):

  • Calories: 220
  • Fat: 12g
  • Carbohydrates: 25g
  • Protein: 5g

Prep and Cooking Time:

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes


  • Serves: 4

Cioccolata Calda is a decadent and satisfying way to enjoy chocolate. Its thick, velvety texture and deep chocolate flavor set it apart from other hot chocolate variations. Whether enjoyed as a cozy drink to warm up with or as a dessert after a meal, this Italian hot chocolate is sure to impress with its indulgent taste and creamy consistency.

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