I was all hyped up about leap day yesterday, not only because of the fun of a bonus day, but also because our global warming winter brought us temperatures in the 60s and a bright blue sky. I ran in shorts and a t-shirt, and although the wind was chilly, it felt like a caress on my bare legs. This morning the calendar was back to routine, the gray sky was back, and the temperature was 30 degrees lower. Winter is harder after such a random taste of spring, and the only way to deal with it is with a nice steaming cup of hot chocolate, but not any generic hot chocolate, I’m talking about Nutella hot chocolate.
Back when I was struggling through my first Chicago winter, I turned to hot chocolate therapy often. Homemade hot chocolate made with Nutella makes having a cup of chocolate a true celebration. Each sip is a treat.
Nutella hot chocolate is as good as it sounds: rich, creamy chocolate taste with just a hint of hazelnuts. It’s also very easy to whip up. Not as easy as ripping open a pouch of Swiss Miss and adding hot water, but pretty close to it. Just heat up some milk, throw in three ingredients and wait for the standing ovation.
- 1 Cup of 1% or 2% Milk
- 3 tablespoons of Nutella
- 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa
- 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
- Heat the milk in a medium saucepan on medium heat.
- Add the cocoa and brown sugar. Stir until blended.
- Spoon in the Nutella, one tablespoon at a time, resisting the urge to feed yourself a spoonful in between. You may need a second spoon to scrape the Nutella off.
- Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture just begins to boil and the Nutella is fully disolved.
- Serve immediately with a big fluffy marshmallow on top. As it cools, the Nutella taste will become more pronounced.