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How to make thick Italian hot chocolate

Thick Italian hot chocolate

This thick Italian hot chocolate is the best hot chocolate you’ll ever have, and you only need 4 ingredients and 5 minutes to make it!
4.31 from 13 votes
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Cuisine Italian
Servings (click to change) 2
Author Helen


  • 7 ounces chocolate good quality (I like 70% dark), plus a little extra for sprinkling (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar optional
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch cornflour (UK), mixed with a little milk


  • Heat the milk and sugar together in a small saucepan and whisk, then break the chocolate into it.
  • Continue to heat while you whisk until all the chocolate has melted into the milk.
  • Add the constarch / cornflour and cook for 2 to 4 minutes until the mixture has thickened a little (it should coat the whisk).
  • Pour into cups and sprinkle with a little grated chocolate (if you like).


I don’t like cream, but go ahead and top your thick hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows if you’re in the mood for a bigger treat than usual!
The hot chocolate might still seem quite thin when you pour it into your cups, but bear in mind it will thicken up more as it cools.
Pop the leftovers in the fridge to make a delicious thick chocolate pudding - just for you!
This would also make a delicious chocolate sauce for ice cream or cake.


Calories: 604kcalCarbohydrates: 72gProtein: 7gFat: 37gSaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 68mgPotassium: 448mgFiber: 5gSugar: 63gVitamin A: 200IUCalcium: 162mgIron: 2.7mg
Tried this recipe?Let me know if you liked it!