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!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 604 kcal
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
US Customary - Metric


  1. Heat the milk and sugar together in a small saucepan and whisk, then break the chocolate into it.

  2. Continue to heat while you whisk until all the chocolate has melted into the milk.
  3. Add the constarch / cornflour and cook for 2 to 4 minutes until the mixture has thickened a little (it should coat the whisk).
  4. Pour into cups and sprinkle with a little grated chocolate (if you like).

Recipe Notes

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.

Nutrition Facts
Thick Italian hot chocolate
Amount Per Serving
Calories 604 Calories from Fat 333
% Daily Value*
Fat 37g57%
Saturated Fat 22g110%
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 68mg3%
Potassium 448mg13%
Carbohydrates 72g24%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 63g70%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 200IU4%
Calcium 162mg16%
Iron 2.7mg15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.