5 International Hot Chocolate Recipes to Melt Away the Cold

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The weather may have you cooped up inside, but your cuisine choices do not need to be limited to home. Ride out the worst of the storm by taking a global hot chocolate tour with these five recipes.

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1. Italian hot chocolate

Italian-style hot chocolate, or ciccolata calda, uses cornstarch to help reach its thick, pudding-like consistency. Rich and decadent, this drink comes together quickly, taking only about five minutes to prepare.

Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate (70 percent or more)
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

Directions: Into a saucepan over low heat, add chocolate and a smidge of milk. Stir with a wooden spoon until melted. Slowly add remaining milk until well combined. Add sugar. Mix to combine. Whisk in corn starch. Continue cooking over low heat until it becomes thick, creamy, and coats the back of the wooden spoon.

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