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How to Make Italian Style Thick Hot Chocolate

Having recently written about the joys of Italy’s thick and creamy hot chocolate drink, reader Yetta has kindly provided a recipe so you can make this beverage at home.

Yetta got the recipe from an Italian friend so the result should be authentic and she (?) tells me it works well. The process is pretty simple too so you should end up with steaming cups of hot chocolate in no time at all.

Here’s how to do it.

Ingredients for Italian Style Hot Chocolate

  • 2 tbls cocoa powder
  • 1 – 2 tbls sugar
  • 1 tbls corn flour
  • 2.5 dl milk*

*2.5 dl = 1/4 litre or (approx) 8fl oz – 1 US cup.


Mix the cocoa, sugar and corn flour together very well. Pour in a little milk and mix well, before adding the remainder of the milk (little by little).

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Bring to the boil in a largish pan, stirring constantly until the mix reaches boiling point.

Switch off the heat and continue stirring for about a minute.

There you go. With a little luck, you should end up with a steaming hot cup of thick hot chocolate. Pop some whipped cream on top and the result should look something like this:

Hot Chocolate, Italian style!
Thick hot Chocolate, Italian style!


If you can’t find the time to make hot chocolate yourself, you’ll find some hot chocolate mixes you can buy in this post: When in Italy, You Must Try a Hot Chocolate or Three

With thanks to reader Yetta for this recipe.

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