Autumn is here and with Autumn in Italy brings cioccolata calda (Hot Chocolate)
Have you ever had an Italian hot chocolate? If you haven’t had the opportunity to try it, let me try to explain the best way I know and how good it is and how it warms your soul on those colder mornings..
Cioccolata Calda in Italy is like drinking a cup of hot chocolate pudding, quite thick, heavy, rich and sometimes bitter depending on which bar you go to or on how you make it.. In some cases you may even need to use a spoon to drink it.
Add a dollop of homemade panna also known as whip cream, and you are good to go.
Now, it is quite normal for any American to have hot chocolate in the early mornings but for Italians it’s not so common.. Italian hot chocolate is usually drank in the afternoon from 330 to 5pm.. Having a hot chocolate and a brioche or a pastry in the morning just may be too heavy for an Italian but for this American it wasn’t.
Yesterday morning, I decided to treat myself and my son to his first Italian hot chocolate.
I will let the photos do the talking.
I think its safe to say he enjoyed his first Italian hot chocolate and so did I. It was fun sharing it with him.