The Italians sure know how to make the best hot chocolate, so learn how to make this homemade italian hot chocolate recipe with me as we fight the frigid cold together during these winter months. This is the perfect hot chocolate recipe for curling up under your blankets with a book or to binge watch your favourite series.
You will need:
1.5 cup (360ml) whole milk
1 to 2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 tbsp cocoa powder
4oz (115g) dark chocolate (between 60-70% – I find this range will have a good balance between the bitterness and sweetness)
Pinch of salt
Finely chop your chocolate into tiny chocolate shavings and set aside.
Next mix a ¼ cup worth of your milk and cornstarch together in a small bowl to make a slurry, and set aside.
Add the rest of your milk, cocoa powder, sugar and salt into a small pot and heat it over medium low heat until it simmers. Make sure you do not let the milk come to a bowl and stir occasionally to ensure that the bottom of the pot does not burn.
Once the milk starts to simmer gently, add your chocolate shavings and stir until completely dissolved.
Finally, add the cornstarch slurry, stirring constantly for about 3 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat once the hot chocolate thickens. Feel free to serve the hot chocolate with whipped cream, and top it off with cocoa power and chocolate shavings.