As decadent and rich as any cookie, cioccolate caldo, or Italian hot chocolate, is a delicious treat for the holidays or really any time the temperature dips below 60. Unlike the hot chocolate that you find in the U.S., Italian hot chocolate is made with real dark chocolate, a novel concept. Incredibly thick, it is a challenge to drink a full glass. If it's too much for you, add more milk to thin the hot chocolate out. For depth of flavor, add a pinch of chili powder. Or, follow my lead and top with a dollop of whipped cream and a peppermint stick. Use the peppermint stick to stir the drink, infusing it with a hint of mint throughout. Here's to staying warm!
Serves 2-4 (depending on whether you serve this as a full cup each or a half cup each)
Adapted from Food.com
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons sugar
2 cups milk
4 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped
Whipped cream topping
2-4 peppermint sticks
- In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the cocoa powder, sugar, and 1/2 cup of milk. Whisk until there are no clumps and the sugar has melted completely.
- Bring to a boil and add the remaining milk. Stir well. Heat until the milk is steaming, but not boiling.
- Remove the mixture from the heat and add the dark chocolate. Whisk to help melt the chocolate. Once the chocolate is incorporated, divide between mugs.
- Add a dollop of whipped cream and a peppermint stick to each mug, stirring the peppermint stick to incorporate the flavor in the drink. Serve hot.
Ryan's rating of Cioccolato Caldo - Ryan didn't try this one, but for what it's worth, my very biased rating is a 4.5.
1 - Awful. If you make this again I'll shove a fork in my eye.
2 - Meh. It's not my favorite, but I won't threaten self-harm if it shows up again.
3 - Good. I wouldn't feel forced to order a pizza behind your back.
4 - Great! I will fight you for the leftovers.
5 - Love it! Make it again tomorrow. Or immediately and I will bathe in it.