How do you say HOT CHOCOLATE in Italian?

How exactly do you say hot chocolate in Italian?

In this lesson, we will take a look at this translation along with a few other words that you might need when drinking a cup of hot chocolate. Read on to learn them all!


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How do you say hot chocolate in Italian?

Cioccolata calda

Cioccolato is the most common translation for chocolate in Italian, but when it comes to hot chocolate that you drink, you have to use cioccolata.

The difference between the two is that cioccolato is masculine, while cioccolata is feminine.

Il cioccolato

La cioccolata

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Its pronunciation is similar to chok-koh-lah-tah and it comes from the Aztec word chocollatl. Make sure the final -a doesn’t have a -y quality, as Italian vowel sounds are clean!

Hot is commonly translated as caldo in Italian, and this is the form you will find in dictionaries. Since we’re talking about a feminine noun, however, this adjective will have to match with it in gender and number: this is why we say cioccolata calda, literally hot chocolate.

Ho dimenticato di aggiungere lo zucchero alla mia cioccolata calda.
I forgot to add sugar to my hot chocolate.

Questa cioccolata è troppo calda!
This chocolate is too hot!

"HOT" warning sign showing a hand

You never say cioccolato caldo. You can still use cioccolata for talking about chocolate in general, but you cannot use cioccolato to talk about chocolate in its liquid form.

Talking about hot chocolate in Italian

You will translate cup of hot chocolate always as tazza di cioccolata calda, using cioccolata, and never as tazza di cioccolato caldo.

Tazza di cioccolata calda
Cup of hot chocolate

Mi sono preparato una tazza di cioccolata calda.
I made myself a cup of hot chocolate.

Tom sorseggiò la sua cioccolata calda in silenzio.
Tom sipped his hot chocolate in silence.

cup of hot chocolate with sugar cubes

You will need a cucchiaio, spoon, to stir the chocolate. Some people also like their hot chocolate to be very sweet and add zucchero, sugar, or panna, cream, to the mix.

Un cucchiaino di zucchero
A tablespoon sugar

Cioccolata calda con panna
Hot chocolate with cream

Vuoi della panna montata nella tua cioccolata?
Do you want some whipped cream in your chocolate?

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Some people don’t like white sugar and use zucchero grezzo, brown sugar, instead.

Zucchero grezzo
Brown sugar

transparent box of sugar with a pink lid

Oftentimes, you will also eat some biscotti, cookies, dunking them in your chocolate for a delicious snack.

Ordering a hot chocolate in Italian

I want to wrap this lesson with a couple of sentences you can say to order a hot chocolate at an Italian café, if you happen to spend the holidays in the country. The bartender will surely appreciate your effort in speaking the local language!

To order a hot chocolate in Italian, say:

Vorrei una cioccolata calda, per favore.
I would like a hot chocolate, please.

3-4 assorted cookies (biscotti assortiti) on a small plate are commonly included with it unless the place is particularly cheap, but if you want more, you can ask…

Mi può portare qualche biscotto, per favore?
Can you bring me some cookies, please?

3 assorted cookies

And if you want a spurt of whipped cream on your chocolate, you can also say…

Può aggiungerci un po’ di panna montata?
Can you add some whipped cream to it?

And that’s it, now you know how to say hot chocolate in Italian!

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