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Italian Hot Chocolate is famous all over the world because it's incredibly creamy, rich and thick!
In this recipe I show you how to make your own homemade Italian hot chocolate mix you can store in a jar in your pantry for months always ready to prepare in only few minutes an incredibly delicious creamy Italian hot chocolate to impress your guests!
I prepare this mix every Winter season, mostly around the Holiday season because it's perfect when you receive last minute guests.
If you place it in a nice jar, this Hot Chocolate Mix could also be a great homemade Christmas gift!
You can store it at room tempearature (about 20°C) for up to 6 months. If you live in a very hot climate, you can consider to store it in refrigerator to avoid finely chopped chocolate to melt.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Dessert, Drinks, Treat
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 120 kcal


Italian Hot Chocolate Mix

  • 150 g (3/4 cup) caster sugar
  • 80 g (2/3 cup) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 60 g (1/2 cup) cornstarch
  • 100 g (3,5 oz) dark chocolate high quality bar chilled
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Creamy Italian Hot Chocolate

  • 50 g (1/3 cup) Italian Hot Chocolate Mix
  • 240 ml (1 cup) milk room temperature or lukewarm


Italian Hot Chocolate Mix

  • In a large bowl sift together sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and salt.
  • Chop very finely the chilled dark chocolate and incorporate it to the sugar-cocoa mix.
  • Store the cocoa mix in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

Creamy Italian Hot Chocolate

  • For one large serving cup (or two small servings) place 50-55 g (1/3 cup) of Italian Hot Chocolate Mix in a small saucepan.
  • Add 3-4 tablespoons of milk and stir well to combine: this will prevent lumps. Add gradually the rest of the milk (use overall 240 ml – 1 cup milk).
  • Cook over low-medium heat stirring very often and bring to a boil.
  • When it starts boiling, cook for about 1-2 minutes until thickened a bit and keep on stirring: the more you will cook it, the more it will thickened.
  • Serve immediately into your serving cups and garnish with unsweetened whipped cream (optional).



Store hot chocolate mix in an airtight jar at room tempearature (about 20°C) in your pantry for up to 6 months.
If you live in a very hot climate, you can consider to store it in refrigerator to avoid finely chopped chocolate to melt.
Serve the Creamy Italian Hot Chocolate immediately after you cook it! You can't store it or it becomes runny.

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To easily chop very finely your dark chocolate, I suggest to chilled it in refrigerator for few hours, mostly if you live in a hot climate.


When you make Italian hot chocolate to get a smooth and creamy mix without cornstarch lumps, I suggest to use lukewarm or room temperature milk and start adding only 1-2 tbsp of milk in the hot chocolate mix and mix it until become a thick but smooth paste; then you can gradually add the rest of the milk keep on stirring.


Italian Hot Chocolate becomes creamy and thick thanks to cornstarch: the most you cook it, the most it becomes thick! If you like a more runny consistency, remove it from the heat when start simmering. If you prefer a thicker and super creamy hot chocolate, cook it for 1-2 minutes more.