Happy Easter everyone!
I don’t think there is any holiday where we indulge in as much chocolate as we do during Easter holidays, and being a total chocolate-addict, I don’t mind at all ;).
If you’re a chocolate lover like me, this recipe will Blow. Your. Mind. I promise that once you’ve tried Italian hot chocolate you will never look at hot cocoa the same way again.
This indulgent, rich and velvety hot chocolate is inspired by the month I spent living in Turin, northern Italy, or as many people like to call it: chocolate heaven.
Turin is famous for its chocolate and the region (Piedmont) is home of famous Ferrero Rocher (who also make Nutella), and the luxurious Gianduja. It is here where the very first hot chocolate, chocolate houses and chocolate spread were invented!
As you can imagine, these guys know their chocolate – here is my version of the Italian hot chocolate, and as you can see with only three steps and a handful of ingredients, it’s also super easy to make!
I’ve made a vegan version, but if you’re not vegan you can just use regular margarine and milk :).
- 2 tbsp non-dairy margarine
- 2 tsp corn starch
- 2 cups non-dairy milk
- 2 tbsp white sugar
- 100g / 3.5 oz dark chocolate 70%, roughly chopped
- vegan whipped cream (optional)
- Melt margarine in a pot over low heat. Add corn starch and wisk until well blended.
- Add non-dairy milk and sugar and let simmer while constantly stirring until the mixture thickens.
- Add the chocolate and continue stirring until the chocolate has melted. Pour the chocolate drink into two glasses and top with whipped cream and some grated chocolate (optional).
- This Italian hot chocolate is as tasty hot as it is cold! When served cold the chocolate gets a thicker consistency similar to that of a pudding which makes it perfect as a dessert!