Italian Hot Chocolate (Cioccolato Caldo)

For 1 People


  • 6 ounces dark chocolate 70-74%, chopped small
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • chocolate shavings for garnish, optional


Combine the dry ingredients: In a small bowl, combine the dark chocolate, sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch, and salt. Set aside.

Warm the milk: Pour the milk into a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, and bring to a simmer (watch for bubbles forming around the edges).

Add the dry ingredients to the milk: Dump the dry ingredients into the simmering milk and stir with a wooden spoon or heat-proof spatula until the chocolate is melted and smooth, 4-5 minutes.

Let cool: Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes. If any skin starts to appear on the surface, whisk the mixture.

Serve: Pour into heat-proof cups. Garnish with chocolate shavings and/or whipped cream if desired. Serve immediately.

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