I have a confession to make. I am a full-fledged, unashamed chocoholic, and I have no intentions of kicking the habit. As you might guess, the day I spent in Perugia, Italy, at the city’s annual chocolate festival was one of the best days of my life, and it’s where I met one of the universe’s greatest gifts to mankind: Italian hot chocolate.
This thick, decadent drink is absolutely nothing like the weak stuff that comes out of those packets. It’s actually a version of the chocolate drink that was adopted by Europeans in the 16th century, and if you’re a fellow chocolate lover, you need to add this recipe to your cold-weather arsenal.
Let’s recap, shall we? Here’s what you’ll need:
- 6 oz. chocolate
- 1 tbsp. sugar
- 2 c. half and half
- 1 vanilla bean
- 2 tbsp. cornstarch
Heat it all up on the stove, stir until smooth, and enjoy! This yields four or five servings of chocolatey goodness (or if you’re me, one). Next time you’re cursing the winter cold, remember that this recipe exists. Everything’s going to be okay, friends.