There is nothing more satisfying and comforting on a cold, blustery day than a cup of Italian hot chocolate. No, I am not talking about the powder packets with little mini marshmellows that most of us grew up with (at least I did) or the watered down version that barely tastes like chocolate. I am talking about the dense, rich creamy version that you find in all the coffee bars throughout Italy when the weather starts to turn a little frosty.
I really had no idea what I was missing until five years ago when my husband and I were in Verona on a chilly winter day. We stopped at coffee bar for a break and he casually said I should try the hot chocolate. Since I never turn down anything with chocolate I readily agreed. What I was greeted with was a mugful of dense rich chocolate with the consistency that was more like a loose chocolate pudding, but richer and creamier. I was in heaven.
If you have never had the chance to try the Italian version of hot chocolate, then I implore you to make a cup. It really will change the way you look at hot chocolate and trust me when I say that you will never return to those powdery packets.
No matter where you are, you can enjoy this cup of rich chocolatey goodness. Many people believe that the richness comes from using cream, but it’s just plain old milk. I prefer using whole milk but 2% is okay too. The chocolatey richness comes from using rich dark chocolate.
So if you are feeling a chill or your kids have come in from playing in the snow, whip up a batch of this hot chocolate and everyone will be singing its praises!
- 500 grams whole milk
- 120 grams chopped dark chocolate (60 - 70%)
- 20 grams dark cocoa powder
- 20 grams corn starch
- 20 grams sugar
- Roughly chop the dark chocolate and melt in a double broiler over medium heat and set aside.
- Add the milk in a heavy bottomed sauce pan. Add the for n starch and cocoa powder; making sure to sift it so there are no lumps.
- Heat over medium heat while whisking. Once the corn starch and cocoa powder is well incorporated, add the sugar. Continue to whisk until the mixture begins to bubble.
- When it reaches your desired consistency, add the chopped chocolate and mix until completely incorporated.
- Serve plain or with a dollop of whipped cream and enjoy!
Cook the mixture until you reach your desired consistency - dense, but portable (which is how I enjoy it) or thick like pudding. You could substitute a couple of tablespoons of milk with amaretto if you want to make it an adult beverage.