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Cioccolata Calda (Italian Hot Chocolate) in a clear glass with orange whipped cream

Cioccolata Calda (Italian Hot Chocolate) with Orange Whipped Cream

A recipe for Cioccolata Calda (Italian Hot Chocolate)! This thick and creamy hot chocolate is topped with a light orange whipped cream.
Course Drinks
Cuisine Italian
Keyword chocolate, drink, hot chocolate, Italian, Italy, orange, whipped cream
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 Servings


  • 4 ounces (113 grams) bittersweet chocolate at least 70%
  • 1 1/2 cups (355 milliliters) whole milk divided
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons (25 grams) granulated sugar

Whipped Cream:

  • 1/2 cup (118 milliliters) heavy cream
  • 1/2 tablespoon orange zest


  • In a medium saucepan, combine chocolate and 1/2 cup (118 milliliters) of the milk over low heat. Stir often until melted.
  • Once the chocolate is melted and smooth, slowly whisk in remaining 1 cup (237 milliliters) milk.
  • Remove about 2 tablespoons to a small bowl. Whisk the cornstarch into the small amount of liquid until dissolved. Pour into the saucepan with the sugar. Stir constantly until the chocolate thickens.

To make the whipped cream:

  • Pour cream into a medium bowl. Add orange zest and beat until stiff peaks form.
  • Transfer the hot chocolate into mugs and top with whipped cream. Serve immediately.