There’s hot chocolate…….and then there’s Italian hot chocolate. And let me tell you, there’s no comparison! On my visit to Italy several years ago I was extremely and very pleasantly surprised when I ordered Cioccolato Caldo and took my first sip! I quickly realized that a spoon was an absolute necessity when indulging in Italian hot chocolate! I began ordering Cioccolato Caldo every opportunity I got! And I found it imperative to recreate my experience once I returned home and develop my own recipe. Here it is…..a rich chocolate that is thick, creamy and silky smooth. You will think you died and went to heaven!
Italian Hot Chocolate
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
5 tsp. cornstarch
3/4 cup 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate chips
3 cups milk
1. In pot whisk together sugar, cocoa powder and cornstarch until blended. Stir in chocolate chips.
2. Whisk in milk until combined.
3. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently. Simmer until thickened, 1-2 minutes.
4. Serve with whipped topping and mini marshmallows.
Makes 4 cups/6-8 servings*.
*Just want to make one heaping cup of Italian Hot Chocolate to share…or just for yourself? Combine 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/3 cup sugar, 2 tsp. cornstarch until blended. Stir in 1/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips. Add 1 cup milk; heat and bring to a simmer, stirring frequently. Simmer until thickened. Enjoy!