Recipe: The Best-Ever Italian Hot Chocolate

There’s hot chocolate… and then there’s Italian hot chocolate. And let me tell you, there’s no comparison. On a recent visit to Italy, I was extremely and very pleasantly surprised when I took my first sip of Cioccolato Caldo: I quickly realized that a spoon was an absolute necessity when indulging in Italian hot chocolate! Once home I found it imperative to recreate Italian hot chocolate and came up with this Best-Ever recipe. A rich hot chocolate that is thick, creamy and silky smooth… you will think you died and went to heaven!

Recipes and photo by Gwynn Galvin, Culinary Consultant and Creator of Swirls of Flavor.

Best-Ever Italian Hot Chocolate

1 cup sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
5 teaspoon cornstarch
3/4 cup 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate chips
3 cups milk
whipped topping
mini marshmallows

1. In pot combine 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 to 8 servings.

Gwynn Galvin Recipe Contributor to JerseyBites.comGwynn Galvin, Chef and blogger, is delighted to share her original recipes on Jersey Bites. Born and raised in Jersey and a lifetime resident of Bergen County, Gwynn is Jersey through and through! Having been in the culinary field for more than 20 years, you can say that Gwynn is definitely well seasoned! With over a decade as Test Kitchen Director for a nationally published magazine as well as working for major food corporations and being partner and chef of a family-owned cupcake shop, Gwynn is also the creator of her blog, Swirls of Flavor. Her award-winning recipes have been featured in national ad campaigns, cookbooks, magazines, social media and on the internet. If you’ve ever made a recipe that was on the package of a food product or in a magazine or cookbook, chances are you’ve already made one of her fabulously delicious recipes!