This Italian hot chocolate is a thick and rich hot chocolate. It's luscious and creamy texture is almost pudding like. Milk and heavy whipping cream makes this thick hot chocolate decadently rich. Adult and kids will love it!
So this Italian hot chocolate is totally new to me. I always drink the regular classic hot chocolate. You know the kind most people grew up on? But a couple of weeks ago I visited my friend. While I was there, she offered me a cup of hot chocolate that was surprisingly thick and creamy.
When she handed it to me I noticed it looked a bit different than what I'm used to. I'm a good sport, so I gave it a shot. It was rich, smooth and creamy. Imagine a cup of drinkable chocolate pudding.
I was so surprised how good it was! And you know I had to put it on the blog!
Fyi, the below pic looks different from the rest of my photos because I made this Italian hot chocolate on different days. The below pic is a video thumbnail from the day I shot the video. Check out the video at the end of this post.
Two things I love about this Italian hot chocolate. It's delicious hot, cold or room temperature. Secondly, it's rich and sinfully delicious! It's delicious hot, cold or room temperature. Secondly, it's so rich and sinfully delicious!
A hot chocolate that's thick but pourable may sound weird but it's so good! My teen agrees too. He said he prefers Italian hot chocolate over the classic hot chocolate.
This will be your new go to hot chocolate!
How to Make It?
- Italian hot chocolate is pretty easy to make. Simply, add the cocoa, sugar, salt, sugar and cornstarch to a small bowl and mix to combine.
- Then in medium saucepan over low heat, add the milk and heavy whipping cream. When the milk warms, up add the chocolate chips and stir until the chips melt. Next, add the cocoa mixture then vanilla extract.
- Lastly, let it come to a boil stirring consistently. The hot chocolate will thicken up. Serve immediately. Top with whipped cream and shaved chocolate if you like. Enjoy!
This hot chocolate is so easy to make, BUT it can be disastrous if the milk gets too hot. Make sure you you let the milk heat up on low heat. Too much heat may scorch the milk. So how do you prevent this? All you have to do is to stir continuously. Stirring the milk continuously will help prevent the milk from burning.
If you notice the milk is heating up too fast, take it off the heat until you are ready to add your ingredients. If the hot chocolate is too thick, you can thin it out with a bit of milk.
What kind of chocolate to use?
You can use any kind of chocolate you desire. Some prefer semi-sweet chocolate, dark chocolate, milk chocolate or white chocolate. Milk chocolate has sugar in it so you don’t have to add any more sugar to it. You can also prefer to mix and match these chocolates to your perfect taste.
I hope you can make this thick and creamy Italian Hot Chocolate. It's a quick and delicious way to curb your chocolate cravings.
Italian Hot chocolate
- 1 ½ cup milk
- ½ cup heavy whipping cream
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp cocoa I used Hershey's chocolate chips
- ¼ cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 tbsp cornstarch plus an additional 1 tsp
- ⅛ tsp salt
- 4-5 tbsp sugar I used about 5 tbsp
- Combine cornstarch, sugar, cocoa and salt in a small bowl and mix to combine.
- Add the milk and heavy whipping cream in a small saucepan and heat over low heat.
- Once the milk is hot add the chocolate chips. Let the chocolate chips melt completely. Whisking occasionally.
- Slowly whisk in the hot chocolate mixture. Add vanilla extract. Bring to a boil mixing consistently until thickened. Pour equal amount into each cup. Top with whipped cream or marshmallows and shaved chocolate if desired. The thick hot chocolate will thicken more as it cools off. Enjoy!
Quick TipsThis hot chocolate is so easy to make, BUT it can be disastrous if the milk gets too hot. Make sure you you let the milk heat up on low heat. Too much heat may scorch the milk. So how do you prevent this? All you have to do is to stir continuously. Stirring the milk continuously will help prevent the milk from burning. If you notice the milk is heating up too fast, take it off the heat until you are ready to add your ingredients. If the hot chocolate is too thick, you can thin it out with a bit of milk.
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Yum yum! This is fantastic and will blow my kids' minds. They've only ever had the milk-only, thin version. Love your video, too.
This Italian hot chocolate looks to-die-for delicious. I love that it's so thick and creamy. Perfect for cold winter days!
Oh my.. oh my... that is simply gorgeous looking hot chocolate i've seen in a while. Boy I got craving for some hot chocolate now, it's super cold in here and this luscious hot chocolate would be such a delight to have!
This looks so mouthwatering! I love a good hot chocolate and this looks so rich and creamy.
Jeannette (Jay Joy)
Italian hot chocolate sounds scrumptious! I am only back in the U.S. for a month and going back to the HOT weather. I am so making this before I leave the cool weather.
I tried once Italian Hot Chocolate and it was fabulous! I am so glad to make it at home. Thanks for the recipe!
I have never had this before and I just made it, such a simple to follow recipe and WOW is it delicious! YUM!
Isn't is just delicious! I love to wind down with nice hot cup. Thank you for trying it out! 🙂
Lauren Vavala | DeliciousLittleBites
Oh my = with the addition of both heavy cream and chocolate chips, this really does have to be "rich!" I love it - definitely going to make a batch up for my kids this weekend - we are expecting snow so it will be perfect!
Wow snow! Yup sounds like a reason to make hot chocolate. Y'all will love it! Thank you Lauren!
Oh how luscious are those! They look so decadent and delicious, I'm drooling over here. I just love hot chocolate, and I will definitely try this recipe this weekend!
I hope you enjoy it! Let me know what you think! 🙂
Mmm this sounds like a delicious treat for a cold winter day! I love the use of both cocoa powder and chocolate chips to get an extra chocolatey flavor!
I've never had Italian hot chocolate either but it sounds like deliciousness in a cup. My daughter will be the biggest fan of this recipe and I can't wait to make this for her!.
If she loves chocolate she will definitely love this hot chocolate!
You are pulling at my tummy strings. What a great drink for these cold winter days. This would be great to make and drink as I curl up by the fire and read a book. Maybe I would even spike it up a bit too.
This is good timing. I have been looking for a hot chocolate just like this, rich and creamy. Can't wait to try this recipe.
This sounds so incredibly decadent and delicious. I only wish I was drinking a cup right now. I love the thickness of it too!
The Italian hot Chocolate looks rich and delicious...I loved you used Hershey’s chocolate chips and semi sweet chocolate chips...glad you have explained well with the tips to make this hot chocolate flawless
I've never heard of Italian hot chocolate, but I'm excited to try something new. I definitely love the idea of drinkable chocolate pudding! Thanks for sharing something so unique and fun!
Thank you so much Amanda! I hope you try it. I think you'll l fall in love with it.