- 500 ml whole milk
- 60 g Sugar
- 120 g dark chocolate
- 50 g Cocoa powder
- 50 g Potato Starch (only if you are using cocoa powder instead of chocolate)
How to Make Cioccolata Calda
With cocoa powder
Did you know that the one pound of chocolate that you use actually took 400 cocoa beans to make?
The cocoa tree takes 5 years before it can produce the fruit. A normal cocoa tree produces 1000 beans a year but it makes only enough to make 1 kg of chocolate.
At least 70% of the world’s cocoa is made in West Africa and the UK is the world’s largest chocolate consumer with an annual consumption of 11.5 kg.
During the Aztec’s rule cocoa had been much more valuable than gold and silver so when Montezuma (Aztec emperor) was defeated by Cortez in 1519 and his palace was searched, they found large quantities of cocoa rather than silver and gold.