It seems the people of the internet, or at least the Americans, have just discovered Italian hot chocolate—and there is so much drooling and FOMO going on over on Twitter that the platform spotlighted the tasty dish on its trending Moments.
Known in Italy as simply cioccolata calda (translated: hot chocolate) and served in cafes all over Italy (similar styles can also be found all over the world) this thicker, richer version of the beloved favorite is so deeply flavored and decadently viscous that the result is something decidedly more akin to a warm, loose chocolate pudding.
Some tell a tale of a drinking chocolate so intensely sumptuous, it would spoil you for all else:
One of the Italians I work w/ told me that real Italian “hot chocolate” is thick chocolate in a mug. Like just a mug of melted chocolate. I can't stop thinking about it. She said they eat it w/ a spoon. She also said this dumb liquidy hot chocolate we have is stupid. I agree. pic.twitter.com/pO8BGv9UY8
— Amy Shaughnessy (@AmyJean1930) March 23, 2018
Italians have the perfect antidote to the cold (and snow).
It's called cioccolata calda! In English it translates simply as 'hot chocolate'. Still, the Italian version – gooey, rich and incredibly moreish – has very little to do with its English counterpart.
Find out why… pic.twitter.com/c1boxC20Jy
— Rossi (@rossiwritesblog) March 2, 2018
From Venice to the Dolomites of Italy in Cortina d’Ampezzo. Are you ready to enjoy the thickest, richest hot chocolate in the world @BethanyaWill ? #dolomites #italianhotchocolate #Yum #hotchocolate #Italy pic.twitter.com/GPJTBt4q45
— Vincent Nelson (@Livingsonship) April 3, 2018
Look at this dark mesmerizing richness:
— Gelato Gusto (@gelatogusto) March 1, 2018
italy goes hard eh?
— Monty B (@montydb) April 22, 2018
Now I want to get chocolate wasted!
— Patricia MacDowell (@BreakfastvFilms) April 21, 2018
But you’re gonna need a spoon:
Look at how thick and rich an Italian hot chocolate is! Tasted in one of the historic cafés of Turin. pic.twitter.com/2K2E3jEret
Hot chocolate in Italy – sometimes a bit denser than elsewhere pic.twitter.com/sqyHPTQax6
— Eduard Habsburg (@EduardHabsburg) April 21, 2018
That's more like a chocolate mousse!
— Luna Pixie (@RedLunaPixie) April 21, 2018
Perfect way to start the day: super thick Italian hot chocolate that tastes like chocolate pudding pic.twitter.com/il7Qe6D5j0
— Porgchicken (@Lushchicken) February 23, 2018
European Sipping Chocolate. Best. Thing. Ever.
— Isobel Carr (@IsobelCarr) April 22, 2018
Want some? Maybe you should plan a trip to Italy soon:
The death of me Can you please send just a spoonful to Canada? ♀️
— Jane (@Dwanderluster) April 21, 2018
You should go more places in the world.
— Miesianico (@miesianico) April 22, 2018
I need to visit Italy asap
— Jane (@BreakFreeApp) April 21, 2018
For people dying to get their hands on ciccolata calda but with no plans for an Italian vacation anytime soon:
Other, similar types of thickened hot chocolate drinks can be found worldwide in places like:
- Spain-chocolate caliente
- France-Le Chocolat Chaud
- Columbia-chocolate Santafereño or chocolate completo (served with cheese)
- Belgium-Belgian Hot Chocolate
The closest thing Americans have to these luxurious drinking chocolates is New York’s Serendipity 3s famous Frrozen Hot Chocolate.
— Cindy (@Cinderella_3277) April 22, 2018