Cioccolata Calda (Hot Chocolate Italian-Style)

Cioccolata Calda (Hot Chocolate Italian-Style)

Background and History

Cioccolata Calda, or Italian-style hot chocolate, is a decadent and velvety beverage deeply rooted in Italian culinary culture. Originating from Turin, Italy, in the 18th century, this luxurious drink was initially enjoyed by aristocrats. Today, it has evolved into a cherished winter treat, characterized by its thick, creamy consistency and intense chocolate flavor.

Ingredients

Whole Milk

2 cups.

Dark Chocolate

150g, finely chopped.

Granulated Sugar

2-3 tablespoons (adjust to taste).

Cocoa Powder

2 tablespoons.

Cornstarch

1 tablespoon.

Vanilla Extract

1 teaspoon (optional).

Whipped Cream

For garnish (optional).

Chocolate Shavings

For garnish (optional).

Serves

2

Time

Preparation Time

5 minutes

Cooking Time

10 minutes

Total Time

Approximately 15 minutes

Instructions

Prepare Cornstarch Mixture

In a small bowl, mix the cocoa powder and cornstarch with a few tablespoons of milk to form a smooth paste.

Heat Milk

In a saucepan, heat the remaining milk over medium heat until it steams but doesn’t boil.

Add Chopped Chocolate

Add the finely chopped dark chocolate to the steaming milk, stirring continuously until melted and smooth.

Incorporate Cocoa Mixture

Slowly whisk in the cocoa and cornstarch mixture, ensuring no lumps form. Continue stirring until the mixture thickens.

Sweeten to Taste

Add granulated sugar, adjusting to your preferred level of sweetness. Stir until the sugar dissolves.

Optional Vanilla Extract

If desired, add vanilla extract for an extra layer of flavor. Stir to combine.

Simmer and Serve

Allow the hot chocolate to simmer for a few more minutes, ensuring it reaches your desired thickness.

Garnish and Enjoy

Pour the Cioccolata Calda into mugs and garnish with whipped cream and chocolate shavings if desired.

Nutrition Facts

(Values may vary based on specific ingredients and variations)

Calories: ~300 per serving

Fat: ~18g

Carbohydrates: ~28g

Protein: ~7g

Notes

Experiment with different chocolate varieties for unique flavor profiles.

Adjust the sweetness to personal preference.

Serve with biscotti or traditional Italian pastries for an authentic experience.

Allergy Warning

Check chocolate packaging for allergen information.

Customize the recipe to accommodate specific dietary restrictions or allergies.

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