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Baileys Thick Italian Hot Chocolate

Thick Italian Hot Chocolate, a creamy hot chocolate made with real chocolate and an added kick of Baileys Irish Cream. Top a mugful with whipped cream and chocolate flakes, perfect!

Baileys hot chocolate in a glass cup.


Finally, finally the heat is ending,  and today as I look out the window we are having a much needed down pour.

It’s cool, sweater weather, which I love. So naturally I am making one of our favourite Casseroles, Creamy Tuna Noodle Casserole for lunch,  and this afternoon I will be making a pot of this …

Delicious Baileys Thick Italian Hot Chocolate to sip on in front of the TV this afternoon.

Baileys hot chocolate in a glass cup.

I am not a big liqueur lover but I can never say no to Baileys,  I love it straight up over ice and now in a Thick Italian Hot Chocolate.

When I first came to Italy I remember making my friends a steaming cup my Native Hot Chocolate,  at first I didn’t know why they said “well this is different”,  but good!

So one day my kids were telling me about Italian Hot Chocolate and how lick-your-lips-yummy it was and after I tried it,  I totally understood what my kids and friends were talking about.

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Yes it was different and it was certainly tasty. If you like your hot chocolate plain, no problem just leave out the Baileys.

Baileys Thick Italian Hot Chocolate makes sitting on the couch with a cozy blanket the perfect Sunday Afternoon past time. Enjoy!

Baileys hot chocolate in a glass cup.

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Baileys hot chocolate in a glass cup.

Baileys Thick Italian Hot Chocolate

Rosemary Molloy
Baileys Thick Italian Hot Chocolate, an easy Italian Hot Chocolate Recipe, creamy and delicious made with real chocolate.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine American/Italian
Servings 2 servings
Calories 181 kcal


  • ¾ cup milk (whole or 2% milk) (divided)
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • tablespoons cocoa
  • ounces dark chocolate (chopped) (good quality)
  • ¼ cup Baileys


  • In a small bowl whisk until smooth 1/4 cup milk and cornstarch.
  • In a small bowl whisk together sugar and cocoa.
  • In a small to medium pot heat 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon milk until boiling, reduce heat to low, while whisking add milk mixture, then slowly add cocoa, whisking continually until smooth, add chopped chocolate and baileys.  Continue to whisk with heat on low to low medium until thickened approximately three minutes.  Pour into glasses and top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings if desired.  Enjoy!


Calories: 181kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 41mg | Potassium: 216mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 0.9mg
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  1. I followed the recipe by the book, and this was the sweetest hot cocoa I ever had in my life. Waaaaay too much sugar!!! The sugar should be completely removed and the use of chocolate quantity should be massively reduced.
    Sadly, we couldn’t finish our cups with my boyfriend, what a waste of good ingredients. πŸ™

    1. If you check other Italian Hot CHocolate Recipes, it would have the same amount of sugar and dark chocolate. However, the other recipe also says to use unsweetened cocoa. There is also sugar in the Bailey’s which may not have been taken into consideration.

  2. Instead of corn starch why not just add some
    Chocolate instant pudding ? That would give you the thickness that you want no!

    1. Hi Chantal, I don’t know, I don’t use instant pudding or pie filling or cake mixes. I am sharing the way Italians make it and they use cornstarch. Hope that helps. πŸ™‚

  3. 5 stars
    Delicious. As a chocolate lover I always felt that traditional hot chocolate was lacking. This is AMAZING! Never making it any other way.

    1. Hi Rads, I have never re heated it and then served it, but I think it should work, just keep stirring it on low while reheating. Let me know how it goes. Have a great weekend.

    1. Hi Christine I bought the spoons in a store in Italy near me. That is the only place I have ever seen them, I thought they were so cute. πŸ™‚

    2. 5 stars
      This is a fairly old post at this point, so you may have found them.

      At any rate, if not, Amazon carries them. Just copy and paste in your search bar, “HSE 5 Pcs Stainless Steel Spoon Bending Hanging Cup Stainless Steel Coffee Spoon Bent Suspension Jam Spoon.”

      Hope this helps!

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