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 Italian hot chocolate us thick, rich and creamy, halfway between a drink and a spoon dessert. Imagine hot chocolate pudding, and that is exactly what it tastes like. You can put your spoon in it and the spoon will stand up. 


  • 1 ½ cups milk (you can use low fat milk if you wish)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cornstarch
  • 4 tablespoons sugar (if you use semi-sweet chocolate reduce this to 2 tablespoons)
  • 3 ounces bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped 


  1. In a bowl, combine 3 tablespoons of the milk with the cornstarch, whisking until smooth. It is important that there are no lumps. 
  2. Place the remaining half-and-half in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer.
  3. When the milk begins to bubble around the edges whisk in the sugar.
  4. Whisk in the cornstarch mixture until the milk thickens slightly, usually less than a minute.
  5. Remove from the heat and quickly whisk in the chocolate until very smooth.
  6. Pour into two cups.