Nutella is like the crack of desserts. Just like bacon is the crack of meats. Avocados - the crack of vegetables. Ok I'll stop before I get too hungry. Back to Nutella. It's amazing. Josiah and I will seriously just eat a (small) spoonful of it for dessert after a long day at the shop. And when it's cold outside (which is like 2 days so far this year in Austin), what's better than hot chocolate? No, what's better than HOT CHOCOLATE MADE WITH NUTELLA!
Nutella + milk + heat = amazing hot chocolate. That's seriously all there is to it. Pour some milk in a pan. Put in a gob of nutella. There's no measurements for this. If it's looking too "milky", add some nutella. Taste it and if it's too "nutellay" (not possible...), then add more milk. As you heat up the milk and nutella, the nutella will melt/dissolve into the milk. Give it a couple of minutes and you'll have some lucious looking hot chocolate. And it will taste AMAZING and so hazelnutty.
Do you see that gob of nutella? Yeah, I put another one in there later because it neeeeeeded more hazelnut/chocolatey goodness.
We've been doing this since last year and a couple of days ago.... I had a genius idea. Add in some peppermint schnapps to make it a "peppermint hot chocolate"... (and boozy hot chocolate. hey don't judge me it's been a long & crazy week!) Ummmm it's delicious. If you're not feeling particularly boozy/you're growing a child/you think alcohol is evil/ you think 10am is too early for a drink, you can always use peppermint syrup! No alcohol there.
I"m sure this would be amazing with some whipped cream on top too - but that would require more work on my part. And just the nutella and milk is so so so so so so so great tasting. YES, it's worth all of those so's! Don't buy those terrible powdered fake chocolate packets for hot chocolate again.
Go try it for yourself. You won't regreat it. It's so easy.
(p.s. I just searched on amazon for nutella and was SHOCKED at all the things that come up! A 5 pack of nutella jars, a 96 count of mini servings, "nutella and go" (apparently nutella snack packs with little crackers! where has this been hiding all my life??!), and last but not least.... an 11 pound tub of nutella imported from italy. WHAAAAAAAT. seriously. check these out. you can find the weirdest/most amazing things online.)