8th Day of Christmas: Drink Italian Hot Chocolate

A couple shares their recipe for the decadent winter treat, perfect for an evening by the fire.

“Home With the Lost Italian” is a weekly column written by Sarah Nasello featuring recipes by her husband, Tony Nasello. The couple owns Sarello’s in Moorhead and lives in Fargo with their 11-year-old son, Giovanni. Readers can reach them at dine@sarellos.com and their blog at www.thelostitalian.areavoices.com. Below is an excerpt from their column…

Italian hot chocolate, or cioccolata calda as it’s known in Italy, is rich and creamy and much thicker than most American versions.

It is typically made with bittersweet chocolate, which I love, but when making it for Gio I use semisweet chocolate.

Some recipes call for whole milk, but I prefer to use a combination of heavy cream and 2 percent milk. Cornstarch is the secret ingredient that gives this cocoa its signature thickness, setting it apart from all other hot cocoas. It is excellent with a splash of hot coffee or espresso, and even better with a dash of Frangelico or Amaretto liqueurs, or the classic Peppermint Schnapps.

So throw another log on the fire or venture out for an evening of caroling, and embrace the winter season with these warm and comforting hot drinks. View Sarah and Tony’s recipe for cioccolata calda.

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