Dec 30

Warming Up With Cioccolata Calda (Italian Hot Chocolate)

in Chocolate, Dessert, Drinks, Family, Italian, Recipes By Region, Recipes by Type

We are currently in Utah enjoying spending time with family.  It has been snowy and cold the whole time we’ve been here, which I guess is to be expected, since it is winter.


But I must say that living in Southern California for the past year and a half has turned me into a total wuss.  My fingers and toes are permanent ice cubes!  Squirrel, on the other hand, is in absolute heaven.  It has been snowing on and off for the past 24 hours, and so Mr. Fuji decided to go out and shovel the snow off the driveway before his mom got home.  He bundled up Squirrel to take her out to play while he worked, and she could hardly stand still, she was so excited.

Squirrel all bundled up

She was in total bliss out in the snow as Mr. Fuji did his thing.

Snow SquirrelMr

Bug had the good sense to stay inside where it was warm and cozy.

Little Bug

As we sat inside and I tried to thaw out my frozen appendages, and imagined Mr. Fuji and Squirrel’s appendages becoming increasingly  more cold, I decided that some hot chocolate was in order.  There is one thing to be said for this snowy weather, and that is that hot chocolate is such a treat on a day like today!  Not only is it delicious and chocolaty, but holding onto the mug warms the fingers, and each sip helps to slowly bring your internal body temperature back up to normal.  I love the feeling of the warmth slowly spreading through my body.  My friend Paula, who writes one of my favorites blogs, bell ‘alimento (Italian for “beautiful food”), recently posted a recipe for Cioccolata Calda (Italian hot chocolate) that had me salivating.  I rummaged through my MIL’s cupboards and quickly found the necessary ingredients and few minutes later had mugs of steaming thick and creamy Cioccolata Calda to warm everyone up.

Simmering the hot chocolate

What a treat!  I’m not a fan of American hot chocolate because it is too sweet for me, and so this suited my tastes perfectly because it was dark and not sickeningly sweet.  The recipe calls for chocolate that is 70% cacao or above.  All I had on hand was semisweet chocolate, so I omitted the sugar in the recipe and added a tablespoon of cocoa powder.  The hot chocolate disappeared quickly into satisfied tummies.  I have added the recipe to my recipe box where all of my favorite recipes go so that I can always have them at my fingertips.  I highly suggest you do the same!

Ciocolatta Calda

I hope you are all staying warm and enjoying the holiday season!

warming up

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Tokyo Terrace December 31, 2009 at 12:02 am

I wish I had a hot mug of cocoa right now! It is windy and cold in Tokyo right now. So windy, in fact, that I can feel a draft on the floor. Now where are my slippers?

Thanks for the heart warming post, Rachael! Happy New Year!


Jessica Newman December 31, 2009 at 5:06 am

What an amazing blog you have! I am a huge foodbuzz fan and follow several blogs. I am way impressed! Keep up the good work!
p.s. I am so glad we are not in Utah right now!


slammie December 31, 2009 at 8:34 am

Happy New Year! Jealous of the snow!


Paula - bell'alimento December 31, 2009 at 5:39 pm

Ah, MWAH! Love you Rachael! So glad you liked my Cioccolata Calda! Looks liked you needed some! Brrrrr, but oh so beautiful & I know I say it all the time but those little ones of yours are ADORABLE! Happy New Year Rachael! I’m so glad we met this year!


Melanie (Kimono Reincarnate) December 31, 2009 at 8:26 pm

That combination of snow and hot chocolate look truly magical! Especially as I sit here contemplating turning on the air conditioner with a drink full of ice cubes in hand :)

A very happy 2010 to you and your family!


Nancy @TheSensitivePantry January 1, 2010 at 5:55 am

This brings me straight to Venice where the hot chocolate is dark, creamy & delicioso! Once you’ve had it you will never drink the packaged stuff again. This recipe is that very thing. Thanks! Keep warm & Happy New Year.


Jerry (CBSOP) January 1, 2010 at 11:37 am

Looks wonderful! I think I’m going to have to make some of that today myself. the weather here in FarNorCal is cold, drizzly and miserable. Perfect cocoa weather. Thanks for the inspiration!


Damaris January 1, 2010 at 9:28 pm

hi rachel,
your girls look so big. happy new year. i’m excited to see more of your ymmy recipes


LollyChops January 2, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Happy New Year!!! The kiddos are getting so big it’s astonishing. I bet Squirrel is already doing fractions right??? hehe…

Christmas and New Years HUGS to you guys!

Lotsa Love!


Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction January 2, 2010 at 8:04 pm

Gorgeous… Loved that recipe on Paula’s site… I still need to give it a try. BTW… Squirrel’s pink leopard print scarf is absolutely adorable. I want one, but I’m afraid I am not nearly cute enough to pull it off!


kat January 3, 2010 at 11:07 pm

I’ve been making a lot of chocolat chaud using 70% chocolate and skim milk, a great way to warm up. Happy 2010!


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