Cioccolata Calda (Italian Hot Chocolate)
Cioccolata calda is a type of Italian hot chocolate that is ultra thick and creamy – almost like a warm, sippable chocolate pudding. This recipe is is dairy-free and vegan (with a dairy option), and can easily be doubled!
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 drink
- 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp granulated sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 3/4 cup plus 1 tbsp almond milk, divided*
- 2 tsp cornstarch
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Whisk together unsweetened cocoa powder, sugar, and salt in a small saucepan. Set saucepan over low-medium heat and pour in 3/4 cup almond milk. Whisk to evenly disperse dry ingredients. Let mixture cook until it reaches a small simmer.
Meanwhile, whisk together cornstarch and remaining 1 tbsp almond milk in a small bowl until cornstarch has dissolved, creating a slurry.
Once hot chocolate mixture has reached a simmer, very slowly pour in the slurry, whisking continually. Continue to cook the hot chocolate over low-medium heat for 3-5 minutes as it thickens, or until thickness is to your liking. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Pour and serve while warm.
Recipe can easily be doubled or tripled.
*Use your preferred milk - even dairy milk if you like. Both work.
Nutritional info is an estimate based on the usage of unsweetened almond milk. Will vary depending on your preferred milk/brand.
Serving: 1drink | Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 36.5g | Protein: 2.9g | Fat: 4.3g | Saturated Fat: 1.1g | Sodium: 440mg | Potassium: 321mg | Fiber: 4.5g | Sugar: 24.3g | Calcium: 200mg | Iron: 2.2mg