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Easy and Delicious Italian Hot Chocolate Recipe! aka - Chocolate Lava - thick and creamy, and delicious!

Italian Hot Chocolate Recipe (aka Cioccolata Calda)

Try this recipe for a thick, rich, and creamy hot chocolate, almost like a drinkable pudding. The Italians love this style! Using high quality chocolate will give you the best results.

Course Drink
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 cups
Author Tammy Blankenship


  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup chocolate or chocolate chips approx 6 ounces, finely chopped or ground in food processor
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1-3 tablespoons sugar depending the percentage of your chocolate and personal preference
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract optional


  1. Warm milk over medium heat until scalding. Make sure to stir frequently to not burn on bottom of the pan.

  2. While milk is warming, mix cornstarch, sugar, and ground chocolate.
  3. Add chocolate mixture to hot milk.
  4. Cook until slightly thickened (2 to 4 minutes).

  5. Add vanilla (optional) and remove from hot pan immediately.