Significantly known to raise my endorphin levels and put me in a very happy place, Italian style drinking chocolate is NOT to be confused with hot cocoa. Drinking chocolate is thick as soft pudding and not too sweet. Served in cafe’s and bars throughout Italy as cioccolata calda (hot chocolate), it is frothy yet dense with a deep chocolate flavor. Often served con panna, with whipped cream, it is meant to be sipped and savored.
You can make Italian style drinking chocolate on the stove top by slowly stirring the chocolate into the measured amount of milk or you can invest in a European style Hot Chocolate maker. There are several models on the market from cafe quality machines that cost over a thousand dollars to the $99.00 Bialetti brand, best known for the iconic Moka pot (the Italian version of the stove top coffee brewer). In Italy sachets of chocolate powder and milk are blended and therein lies the secret to this iconic drink -the chocolate powder mixture. Eraclea, Slitti and Venchi making some of the best.