Hot chocolate Italian-style is one of the most amazing treats in the world! You have to try this pudding-like chocolate decadence! Add some Irish cream, cinnamon, and whipped cream for a fun variation, or create your own!

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
20 mins
Servings:
2
Yield:
2 servings
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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix the cocoa powder and sugar together in a small saucepan. Stir the 1 1/2 cups milk into the saucepan until the sugar has dissolved. Place over low heat; slowly bring the mixture to a low simmer.

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  • Whisk 2 tablespoons of milk together with the cornstarch in a small cup; slowly whisk the cornstarch slurry into the cocoa mixture. Continue cooking, whisking continually, until the hot chocolate reaches a pudding-like thickness, 2 to 3 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

169 calories; protein 8.1g 16% DV; carbohydrates 26.7g 9% DV; fat 5g 8% DV; cholesterol 15.9mg 5% DV; sodium 83.3mg 3% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
09/10/2011
I thought this recipe looked interesting and so I decided to try it. It had the consistency of a non-watery hot chocolate and not a pudding like the picture depicted. Although it was nice and chocolaty as is it is like drinking a cup of melted bitter sweet chocolate with milk. So if I made again I would definitely add some extra sugar a teaspoon at a time. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/17/2011
The recipe looked interesting and was fun to try. I'm Italian grew up with Italian cooks and Italian cooking and I travel to Italy - yet I've never heard of this! Curiosity hooked me right away. It's not bad - it comes together quickly and certainly is easy enough to make. It's kind of a cross between chocolate pudding and hot cocoa. Having said that however the consistency is odd like it can't make its mind up between the two. In addition it's not sweet enough and is rather flat tasting - it could definitely benefit from a little extra sugar a splash of vanilla and a pinch of salt. The concept was intriguing and Hubs and I did enjoy it but not enough to make again. I guess we'd prefer either a cup of hot chocolate or a dish of chocolate pudding. Read More
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87 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 54
  • 4 star values: 23
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 3 stars
10/17/2011
The recipe looked interesting and was fun to try. I'm Italian grew up with Italian cooks and Italian cooking and I travel to Italy - yet I've never heard of this! Curiosity hooked me right away. It's not bad - it comes together quickly and certainly is easy enough to make. It's kind of a cross between chocolate pudding and hot cocoa. Having said that however the consistency is odd like it can't make its mind up between the two. In addition it's not sweet enough and is rather flat tasting - it could definitely benefit from a little extra sugar a splash of vanilla and a pinch of salt. The concept was intriguing and Hubs and I did enjoy it but not enough to make again. I guess we'd prefer either a cup of hot chocolate or a dish of chocolate pudding. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/10/2011
I thought this recipe looked interesting and so I decided to try it. It had the consistency of a non-watery hot chocolate and not a pudding like the picture depicted. Although it was nice and chocolaty as is it is like drinking a cup of melted bitter sweet chocolate with milk. So if I made again I would definitely add some extra sugar a teaspoon at a time. Read More
(31)
Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2011
This is WONDERFUL hot chocolate! It reminds me of the hot chocolate that they drink in the movie Chocolat. It is very thick and creamy but that's why I like it. I added three TBLS of sugar because I like my chocolate sweeter. It was the perfect amount as suggested by another reviewer. I also added two dashes of Cayanne pepper and three dashes of cinnamon to give it that little extra kick of heat and to cut the chocolaty flavor just a bit. It was really good. I know the recipe says it makes two servings but it filled my big mug and I drank it all. If you want that extra creaminess use either 2% or whole milk. Also dipping sponge cake in it is heaven! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/09/2010
I was craving something chocolate-y but didn't want to fuss with baking something however I wanted something with substance. This did live up to being a pudding-y hot chocolate and it hit the spot. I followed the suggestions of adding a dash of salt and a splash of vanilla but in the future I may try adding some cinnamon or cayenne as one reviewer mentioned. I did increase the sugar to three tablespoons and I thought the level of sweetness was just right without being overly sweet. I put one mug in the fridge and let the other cool slightly on the counter. If you want a more liquid-like drink then don't refrigerate as the texture becomes more pudding-y. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/09/2011
Ohhhhh soooo gooooood! The funny thing is I don't lke hot chocolate chocolate milk or pudding. This is to die for. I bought a case of the actual Italian Ciobar mix before I left Europe and I am slowly going through it. Nothing like attending Carneval in Venice in frigid February while sipping on a cup of this. MUST put whipped cream on top. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/07/2011
This was great. I was longing for that special pudding-y taste of italian hot chocolate and this captured it. I made it with skim milk and it turned out great. Like others I used 2T sugar and 1/4 t vanilla. Wonderful and easy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2011
My roommate and I love it. We've used this hot chocolate recipe the last three or four nights in a row. I keep burning my tongue. It's very versatile you can add as much sugar (or use less) as you see fit. I've taken the liberty of adding in some vanilla extract and quite like the result. Very tasty... I think I'll try some peppermint extract next time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2010
Just coming from Spain and Italy....We had hot chocolate similar to this while there and we were amazed with this recipe...I don't suggest you do like we did and buy a machine to steam your milk...but it helps.. I do suggest that you add a little more sugar to adjust for your sweet tooth... I think we will add some vanilla next time to experiment... Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/24/2011
Made this as the recipe states but with sugar-free soy milk and drizzled with sweetened condensed milk. This hot drink has a rich comforting taste and is not sweet. Mine came out thicker than your typical hot chocolate but not as thick as I had imagined...maybe a touch more cornstarch is needed. Read More
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