Beat Back the Winter Gray with Nutella Hot Chocolate

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.

Jar of Nutella and Mug of Hot Chocolate
Nutella in Hot Chocolate... Definitely a Match Made in Heaven

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.

Marshmallow melting in nutella hot chocolate
This is happiness. Pure and simple.
Beat Back the Winter Gray with Nutella Hot Chocolate
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 Cup of 1% or 2% Milk
  • 3 tablespoons of Nutella
  • 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Heat the milk in a medium saucepan on medium heat.
  2. Add the cocoa and brown sugar. Stir until blended.
  3. 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.
  4. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture just begins to boil and the Nutella is fully disolved.
  5. Serve immediately with a big fluffy marshmallow on top. As it cools, the Nutella taste will become more pronounced.

4 Responses to Beat Back the Winter Gray with Nutella Hot Chocolate

  1. Hot nutella chocolate for rainy days! Sounds great! Sipping hot chocolate while watching television are perfect combination!

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