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Italian Hot Chocolate
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5 from 18 votes

Italian Hot chocolate

Rich and decadent Italian hot chocolate is a thick hot chocolate. It's luscious and creamy texture is almost pudding like. Milk and heavy whipping cream makes this drink decadently rich. Adult and kids will love it!
Course Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Hot Chocolate, Hot cocoa, Italian hot chocolate, Thick hot chocolate
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author April


  • 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
  • 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 Tips

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.