Decadent Italian hot chocolate

So after a very snowy winter and totally unanticipated, last week spring arrived to the mid west and the thaw began: mush, puddles, mud and a nice warm sun that made you feel like going out and walk around despite the above mentioned puddles. Finally on Friday, the worst of the thaw was over, sidewalk started to be more or less dry and the snow was only on some grass patches. And then the wind started blowing and from close to 50F on Thursday we went down to below 10F on Friday night…. And then it got warmer again, but it started snowing, snowing like crazy! And my BF is stuck in Canada and is cold and snowy again…. So to avoid depression I took the occasion to whip up some decadent Italian hot chocolate.

The thing about Italian hot chocolate is that, differently from all other chocolates, it is super thick, think bechamel or almost pudding thick. And that makes it rich and super comforting (and makes all other chocolates super boring and disappointing).

So here is how you do it. It is easy enough that you probably will abandon prepackaged mixes forever!

Decadent Italian hot chocolate

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 1 Serving

Decadent Italian hot chocolate


  • 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of flour or cornstarch
  • 3/4 cups of milk


  1. In a small pot or sauce pan (depending on how many people you want to treat) mix 1 spoon of sugar, 1 spoon of flour and 1 spoon of unsweetened cocoa powder. Now add a 3/4 cup of milk per person and mix well.
  2. Turn on the heat and bring the mixture to a boil, lower the heat and keep mixing until the chocolate has thickened up (this takes no more than a few minutes). It should be at least thick enough to coat a spoon and you can keep boiling more if you want it thicker. Of course cooling down to a sippable temperature will also make it slightly thicker, so keep that in mind too.
  3. You can also add aromas to the initial mix, I sometimes add a bit of ginger, or you could add orange peel or a bit of chili powder or even caramelize the sugar. And to cut calories you can even substitute part (or even all) of the milk with water. Of course with milk the thing is much more decadent, so I think I'd rather save calories by cutting the serving size than by substituting the milk with water.

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6 Responses to Decadent Italian hot chocolate

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  2. bakingdevils says:

    Flour in the hot chocolate! No wonder Italians do it really well! I am going to try this tomorrow – and I would have a smaller portion than cut down on the taste of it…very interesting….


  3. Wilde in the Kitchen says:

    Here's hoping winter is over with soon, I can't take any more snow! This rich hot chocolate sounds amazing, thanks for sharing!

  4. Pola says:

    It's pretty awesome recipe to have especially if there are active kids or teenagers around the house. I remember my brother would drink a cup after school in winter and that would give him the energy he needed for homework after swimming practice.

  5. Kate @ says:

    Homemade hot chocolate is so yummy good! Delicious, useful recipe…thank you for sharing!

  6. Frank says:

    Sounds wonderful! I have always wondered why people use a mix when homemade hot chocolate is almost as simple and so much better!

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