3 cups of Italian hot chocolate, whipped cream and a spoon
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Extra Decadent Italian Hot Chocolate

The most decadent Italian hot chocolate ever! This stovetop recipe comes together in less than 10 minutes and is sure to impress. Add the optional lightly sweetened whipped cream to take this recipe over the top!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4


  • Italian Hot Chocolate
  • 2 1/2 cups milk 600ml, divided
  • 4 oz chocolate 120g
  • 3 Tablespoons dark cocoa powder 20g
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch 20g
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar 20g
  • Whipped Cream
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar


  • In a medium saucepan, whisk together the dry ingredients to break up any lumps. Pour in 2 cups (500ml) of the milk and the chocolate chips, then stir to combine. Over medium high heat cook, whisk the hot chocolate, making sure to get into the corner of the pot to avoid any lumps. Continue cooking until the chocolate has melted and the mixture has simmered for 30 seconds to 1 minute to cook the cornstarch.
  • While the hot chocolate is cooking, whip the heavy cream and sugar together to form soft peaks. Set aside until ready to use.
  • Remove from the heat and whisk in the remaining 1/2 cup (100ml) of the cool milk. This will bring the temperature down to a drinkable level, and delay the skin forming on top. Divide into the 2 to 4 cups. Top immediately with whipped cream, serve, and enjoy.
  • Store any leftovers in the refrigerator, heating gently on the stove or microwave before serving again. Add a tablespoon of milk if it becomes too thick upon reheating.