Italian Delights

Hot chocolate always makes a sweet comeback at the first thought of cooler temps. For me, it’s a comforting treat any time of year. Since I’m not a coffee drinker, I alternate between tea, apple cider, and hot chocolate depending on the occasion. But this post is not about just any old hot beverage. It’s about my favorite hot chocolate of all time—Italian style. (The above picture is how mine turned out.)

Of course, this decadent beverage made its way into my novel. Considering Giovanni and his family are from Italy, I couldn’t resist, especially when my main character, Joy, needs some cheering up. And this hot chocolate will put a smile on anybody’s face.

Before our first trip to Italy in 2016, I’d read about how delicious it was. Once we arrived, it quickly became my go-to beverage nearly everywhere I could get it. I couldn’t have cared less that it was late spring. Five years later, and Italian-style hot chocolate still puts a smile on my face. The one I made at home turned out lighter than the original I'd had, but the rich flavor and thick texture matched the best ones I'd had in Rome. And homemade whipped cream elevates it to a whole other level, even though the hot chocolate on its own is indulgent enough.

Italian-style hot chocolate, thick like cake batter, and sinfully indulgent, is super easy to make at home. I used Ghirardelli dark chocolate melting wafers with unsweetened baking cocoa, 2% milk, white sugar, corn starch, and salt.

Below is the link to a recipe to make it at home, if you’d like to see what all the hype is least until you get to go on your own Italian adventure.

Let me know in the comments how yours turned out. What's the best hot chocolate you've ever had? Or let me know what your Italian guilty pleasures are.

Buon appetito!

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