Hot chocolate was born in South America. Here the pre-Columbian populations, even before the arrival of the Europeans, discovered how to make hot chocolate, or at least one of its ancestors: they prepared a drink based on cocoa paste flavored with flowers or beans and spices such as vanilla, chili, and cinnamon, venerated for its properties and for the economic value of cocoa beans, also used as currency.
Hot chocolate from South America
It was then the Spanish conqueror Hernan Cortés, after his landing in South America in 1517, who fell in love with this drink and started sending huge quantities of cocoa to Spain: King Charles V immediately adored chocolate, and this became a status symbol for the upper classes. Because of Spanish rule, Italy was among the first states to know it and, after the decision of King Emanuele Filiberto to serve hot chocolate during the celebrations for the transfer of the capital of the Kingdom of Savoy from Chambéry to Turin, our country became a center of excellence for the production of chocolate, with Piedmont and its chief town in the lead.
The ingredients of hot chocolate
From that moment all the cafés on the Peninsula began to serve it, and still today hot chocolate is a whim that fills the afternoons of the sweet tooth. So much so that many have started to prepare it at home. Do you already know how to make hot chocolate? The necessary ingredients are few: some use only cocoa, sugar and milk, others add dark chocolate and a little bit of thickener. Our advice for a thick and creamy hot chocolate is to use a little bit of all these components: here are the ingredients to make two cups of hot chocolate.
- Whole milk 500ml
- Dark chocolate 70% 100g
- Bitter cocoa powder 30g
- Corn starch or potato starch 15g
- Icing sugar at least 25g
Our recommendations for hot chocolate
- Start adding the ingredients in the already warm milk.
- Do not raise the flame too high to prevent the bottom from burning.
- Do not thicken the chocolate too much before removing it from the heat.
- In the event that lumps form, removes it from the heat, works it with a whisk to melt it and put it back to cook.
- For those who wish, the chocolate can be flavored with two vanilla berries, with cinnamon or caramel.
All clear? Now that you know how to make hot chocolate at home, all you have to do is try.