Back a few years ago there was a blog that I frequented called ‘Made by Lex’. It was run by a very talented woman who sewed beautiful clothing and accessories for her children along with the occasional recipe and musings. One of my favorite posts was of a recipe for Thick Italian Hot Chocolate. I made it all the time. Actually, now that I think about it, I really don’t like to drink hot chocolate at all unless it is homemade. And thick. And spiced.
My tale takes a sad turn here. One day the website I loved so much disappeared, along with my beloved hot chocolate recipe. Would you believe that I never saved it or wrote it down? Smooth move, Kayley.
So, over the past year or two, I have continued to make the hot chocolate on my own, trying to get all the spices and thickness right. And here it is. My favorite hot chocolate of all time.
If you have had hot chocolate in Italy, you know it’s a bit different than our American style hot chocolate. It’s thick and very rich, with almost a pudding-like consistency. And it’s amazing.
This version is lightly spiced with just a hint of cinnamon and cayenne pepper. It makes it more interesting, I promise. I like to top mine with a rather shockingly large amount of whipped cream. Then sprinkle it with dark chocolate shavings. If you like to drink your hot chocolate this way, well, get sipping it immediately! That fluffy whipped cream melts into a puddle of white foam all over your table in seconds. If you would like to be smarter than me, just use a bigger mug 😉
- 3 T. Cocoa Powder
- 2½ T. Sugar
- ¾ T. Cornstarch
- ½ t. Cinnamon
- 1 tiny pinch Cayenne pepper
- 1 pinch salt
- 1½ C. Milk
- ½ t. Vanilla
- Whipped Cream, to top
- Place the cocoa powder, sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, cayenne, and salt in a small saucepan and whisk together well.
- Add the vanilla and ¼ C. of the milk to the dry ingredients and whisk until combined and smooth(make sure to whisk around the sides of the pan to get all of the dry mixture incorporated).
- Add the remaining milk and whisk in well.
- Place the saucepan on medium heat and whisk constantly, for about 3-4 minutes or until mixture starts to boil and thicken.
- Remove from heat and pour into two mugs.
- Top with whipped cream and other desired toppings.