Thanis Lim

All Rounder Chef and Food Journalist

Italian Hot Chocolate

When I was in Australia, in winter, we love the feel of a warm mug of hot chocolate. When I was at a particular Italian cafe in Aus, they have this thing on the menu: Italian Hot Chocolate. Being a typical foodie, I ordered that item on the menu. What came was a cup of thick syrupy dark chocolate drink. The smell of cocoa was heavenly. The texture resembled creamy mushroom soup. I took my spoon, dipped it into this thick sinful drink and took a scoop. I was hooked! Simply a chocolate lovers dream!

After that, I found the recipe and this has been a regular drink during my stay in Australia. Easy to make and simply delicious. I love to have a cup while snuggling up to watch TV on a cold winter.

Italian Hot Chocolate.

Mix in a high sauce pan -

1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch

Add about 1/4 cup water to this mixture and mix well.

After that, put the saucepan over medium heat and stir constantly.

Once this mixture comes to a boil, add 2 cups of liquid (water, brewed coffee, full cream milk or skim milk) and stir over heat until heated through and mixed. I usually add 2 cups of skim milk.

This will produce a rich chocolaty Italian Hot Chocolate.

Scoop onto your coffee cups and if you like alcohol, add a splash of Kahlua, Tia Maria or Baileys to every cup.

Remember to provide your guests with spoons! They'll be scooping that thick delicious goodness!


  1. hehehe... looks good Thanis! one of my gf's hubby mentioned that this isn't hot chocolate; it chocolate fondue! hehehehe... fondue or not I still LOVE chocolate... BTW, how come you don't make chocolate fondue with your frens neh? its fun!

  2. Shanny - this is seriously not fondue - cos if it was fondue, we will had added lot's of melted chocolates. You can see from the ingredients list.

    Fondues are much more thicker and you usually dip fruits and cake or crackers on it and yes, we had a few chocolate fondue parties already in Brunei.. haha...

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  4. I just attempted this recipe: 1/4 c water is only enough to turn the ingredients into a paste. I had to add the milk before the mixture was complete.

  5. Original chocolate drinks are really thick and frotty as I remembered well. They usually put chili too in the ingredients although I don't know how it'll taste like. I'd like to try this one. It's better since it's really cold out here.

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