Tonight all rules go out the window. Everything in moderation is usually my motto but Halloween is an exception. I give the kids a night of excess, a night of enjoying their sugar-laden bounty. Regardless of its pagan roots, I love the magic of turning our ordinary neighborhood into a candy wonderland. For one night a year, a closed door is a promise, the potential of the greatest chocolate loot of the night.
I didn’t discover Halloween until I moved to the States in fifth grade, but was not too old to be charmed by the magic of a night that transforms strangers into candy-wielding friends. I had just discovered that most American of candies, the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, and it’s still my favorite trick or treating loot to this day. Peanut Butter Cups are my Halloween indulgence and I look forward to the whole experience: from the crinkle of the day-glo orange wrapper, to the gentle crack as the chocolate shell yields to creamy peanut butter.
On a night already filled with sugar excess, why not go for broke? When they come in red-cheeked and cold, greet them with a steaming mug of Nutella hot chocolate. This is a fancy cup of hot chocolate but it’s mild milk chocolate flavor is great for kids. And it’s easy to put together, as long as you’ve resisted the siren call of the Nutella jar and haven’t left an empty jar in your pantry.
- 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.