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This hot chocolate isn’t for the faint of heart. It is rich, thick, and full of real chocolate. This is the kind of hot chocolate you make when you want to truly indulge! 

Italian Hot Chocolate

Did anyone else grow up watching Willy Wonka, coveting a swim in his chocolate river? Fret over Augustus getting stuck in the pipe and being turned into fudge? Well friends, imagine yourselves gliding through that river of chocolate, taking large gulps along the way, with no fear of being sent to the fudge room. This here is your personal chocolate river. 

This hot chocolate is the most decadent you could possibly imagine. It is thick, but not overly so, making it glide down and coat your throat with chocolate. Amazingly enough this is also great cold. It might even be better, if that is possible. Be prepared to feel torn on whether to drink your whole glass while it is hot, or to save some to have cold the next morning. Get ready to swim luxuriously through this river of hot or cold chocolate!

  • Tips for Heating Milk:

    When it comes to heating milk, gentle and slow is the way to go. If milk gets too much heat, or heats to quickly it can scorch. Yes, you can burn milk and it is pretty gross. Stirring constantly helps prevent scorching because it keeps the liquid flowing so that none of it should be touching the sides of the pan long enough for scorching to occur.

  • Milk, semi-sweet, dark, or white chocolate?

    Feel free to alter the kind of chocolate chips you use. Some prefer all milk chocolate, while others prefer it to be quite dark. Mix and match for your perfect taste. You can even use white chocolate chips for a fun twist!

  • Storage and reheating Instructions:

    Refrigerate leftovers for up to 4 days. Serve cold or hot. If desired, reheat on the stove in a saucepan over medium-low heat until warmed through.

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Decadently thick Italian hot chocolate in a mug.
Decadently Thick Italian Hot Chocolate is rich, thick, and full of real chocolate. It is not for the faint of heart, but is the kind of hot chocolate you make when you want to truly indulge! 
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons to 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 - 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 cup chopped chocolate or chocolate chips
  • Melt butter in a medium saucepan over low heat.
  • Whisk in cornstarch until combined and melty. If you want the hot chocolate thicker, use the maximum amount of cornstarch.
  • Add in milk and sugar. Increase the heat gradually to medium-high. Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly. Mixture will start to thicken.
  • Once the mixture begins to thicken, turn the heat down to low and add in the chocolate chips. Stir constantly until well melted.
  • Serve hot. Keep the leftovers because it is also amazing, if not better cold!


Calories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 133mg | Potassium: 161mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 46g | Vitamin A: 475IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 190mg | Iron: 0.6mg
Course: Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Italian Hot Chocolate
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