Thick Italian Hot Chocolate

Have you been good so far this January? Did you manage to avoid sugary treats? Just recently it was in the news how sugar is the new tobacco as it can make you just as dependent as tobacco without mentioning the terrible consequences for your health.

That’s sounds bad but nothing new. I know already that the more sugar I have the more I would want and when I gradually have less of it the cravings slowly (but slowly!) fade.

How about the good old saying “in moderation”? That’s how I cheated today and when no one was around I sinned by making myself a gorgeous Italian hot chocolate!

I kept having visions of a thick and creamy Italian style hot chocolate I had in Italy over Christmas. And as I had to sin then I sinned in style and I had it with fresh gorgeous cream too!

I had to close my eyes when the delicious dark stuff entered my mouth… so good that it would just take my breath away! Good old hot choc you are an unbeatable pick me up, you are.

Hot chocolate was invented long time ago by the Aztecs in the XVI century and quickly spread around Europe, first to the upper classes and then when it became more affordable to anyone.

It is still so popular and how could it not be! I have used dark chocolate but you can use milk one if you prefer.

  • Prep Time : 10 minutes
  • Cook Time : 10 minutes


  • dark chocolate – 100 g – 5/8 cup
  • full fat milk – 500 ml – 17 fl oz
  • corn flour – 1 tbsp
  • unsweetened cocoa powder – 2 tbsp
  • sugar – 2 tbsp


Chop the chocolate with a knife

In a pan stir the corn flour with the sugar and the cocoa powder

Add some of the milk and stir well to dissolve any lumps. Now add the remaining milk and bring to the boil.

Add the chopped chocolate and let the mixture to thicken over moderate heat whilst stirring all the time.

Serve with fresh whipped cream if you like!


12 thoughts on “Thick Italian Hot Chocolate

  1. Ooh, that looks divine Alida. I’ve never made hot chocolate with cornflour before, but the idea of a thick hot chocolate is quite appealing. I’ve been pretty good so far this January, so I might just indulge in one too.


    1. Great go for it! In the UK hot chocolate is usually more runny. This one is more like a soft mousse, quite thick and filling. X


  2. Dear Alida,

    So delicious this recipe must be. I thought this was like regular Hot Chocolate, like a drink to keep you warm. But it is even better, almost like a pudding or like you said a mousse. I am a chocolate person, and this is extremely appealing to me. I have to make this one for sure. Thanks for your fabulous recipe..Have a blessed day..Dottie 🙂


  3. Holy mackerel, Alida! You have certainly done it this time!

    Thank goodness I have been fairly good so far this January. I don’t know for how much longer though. This liquid dessert is indescribably delicious to look at I can just imagine indulging.

    I’m so glad you made yourself something extra special. Thank you so much for sharing it with us…


  4. Dear Alida, This is so elegant, delicious, indulgent and wonderful!!! I would love to enjoy a cup of this hot chocolate in this very cold weather. Blessings dear. Catherine xo


    1. Hi Brian, yes you can do. When you reheat it, you might need to add a little extra milk if you find that the mixture is too thick.


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