Two of the most wonderful things in life are travelling and chocolate.   So, let's travel the world.... one decadent cup of hot chocolate at a time!

Cioccolata Calda - Italy

Hands-down, my favourite hot chocolate recipe.  It is thick and decadent, almost like melted brownie, only far less fattening.  I only discovered it since living in Europe and it is amazing!


3 tbsp cocoa powder

1 1/2 tbsp white sugar

1 tablespoon corn starch

1 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp milk


Mix the cocoa powder, sugar and corn starch into the two tbsp of milk to create a paste.   Stir into the rest of the milk and heat, stirring constantly for about 10 - 15 minutes, until thick.  Use a spoon... you'll need it!

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Mexican Hot Chocolate


3 cans evaporated milk

2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tbsp vanilla

1/2 tsp nutmeg

pinch cayenne pepper

1 12-oz bag of chocolate chips

Cocoa Powder (for garnish)


Add milk, cinnamon, cayenne, vanilla and nutmeg to a pot.  Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly.  Add chocolate chips.  Keep stirring until chocolate is melted.   Cover and turn heat to low for 5 minutes.   Serve with a dusting of cocoa powder.


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Russian Hot Chocolate

Wow... just wow...


Orange Creme Fraiche

1/2 cup creme fraiche

1 tsp brown sugar

grated orange rind, to taste


1/3 cup sugar

2 tbsp cornstarch

1 1/4 cup heavy cream

1 1/4 cup milk

1 vanilla bean, split

7 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped

3 tbsp butter


Prepare the Orange Creme Fraiche:  

Combine ingredients in a bowl and whisk until soft peaks form.  Chill until ready to use

Make the Pudding:

Whisk together the sugar and cornstarch.  Whisk in the cream, milk and vanilla bean.  Pour mixture into a pot and boil, stirring constantly until thickened, approximately 4 minutes.  

Remove from heat and mix in chocolate and butter until melted, stirring constantly.  Fish out the vanilla bean.  Rinse, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for another use.  

Pour the hot chocolate into demitasse cups, top with dollops of orange creme fraiche and enjoy!

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Brazilian Hot Chocolate 


1 oz sweetened baking chocolate

1/4 cup sugar

pinch of salt

1 cup boiling water

1/2 cup hot milk

1/2 cup half and half

1 1/2 cups strong coffee, hot

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp cinnamon


Combine chocolate, sugar and salt in top half of a double boiler over simmering water.

Cook, stirring, until chocolate is melted; then stir in water. Continue stirring over heat, about 4 minutes. Add milk, half & half and coffee. Beat with a whisk or hand beater until frothy. Add vanilla and cinnamon; whisk well.