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Italian hot chocolate recipe

Italian hot chocolate recipe

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For a wonderfully luxurious hot chocolate, try this beautiful Italian recipe made with rich dark chocolate, milk and a dash of Baileys liqueur. See method

  • Serves 6
  • 10 mins to prepare and 10 mins to cook
  • 238 calories / serving
  • Gluten-free


  • 650ml (1pt) milk
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 50g (2oz) dark chocolate (70% cocoa), chopped
  • 3 tbsp cornflour
  • 12 tbsp Baileys liqueur or brandy, optional
  • mini marshmallows, to serve

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    10g 15%
  • Saturates

    6g 31%
  • Sugars

    19g 21%
  • Salt

    0.3g 6%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 26.9g Protein 5.6g Fibre 3g


  1. Put the milk in a pan with the cocoa, sugar, chocolate and a pinch of salt. Melt over a low heat, stirring. Don’t boil.
  2. In a bowl, mix the cornflour with 2 tablespoons of water. Pour the mixture into the pan and bring to the boil, whisking with a wire whisk. Simmer for a few minutes, beating all the time, until thickened. Add Baileys or brandy (if using), then divide between 6 cups. Serve plain, or topped with some mini marshmallows.

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