Now that the weather has started to turn down and we have the heat on all day, I'm craving hot chocolate. There is just something about the sweet, chocolatey drink that soothes me when the temperature dips below 65 degrees, which by my standards is cold weather.
I will confess to taking the easy way out and grabbing a packet of Swiss Miss out of the pantry from time to time. Usually when I do that I atleast doctor it up a bit by adding a generous splash of flavored creamer or a bit of half and half, and in a pinch it's a satisfying drink, but as a girl who loves to do things homemade and spends a huge amount of time in the kitchen those little packets just don't cut it sometimes. For years I've been using Hershey's Hot Cocoa recipe, which can be found on the cocoa powder container, and while it is good, I wanted to try something different today. I decided to try making hot chocolate with Nutella. The stuff is flat out delicious, is it not? My preferred methods for eating Nutella are either straight out of the jar with a spoon or on pretzels. The sweet with the salty, the smooth and creamy with the crunchy is excellent.
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And what about those super cute little bitty marshmallows? Don't you just love those? I stumbled upon them in the baking aisle at Target and snagged them for less than $1. For that price I couldn't pass them up and knew I'd find ways to use them. So far I've only used them in my hot chocolate and I've also sprinkled them on top of some chocolate covered donuts I made a while back. On the back of the container I found a recipe for Hot Cocoa Cookies by Christi from Love From The Oven. Although I don't know her personally, I have seen her recipes on Pinterest and visited her site a few times. I always think it's cool and get a little excited to see another blogger mentioned in the media, or on the back on my marshmallow container!
Nutella Hot Chocolate
An easy and delicious single serving microwaved hot chocolate recipe with the wonderful flavor of Nutella.
Prep time: 30 seconds
Cook time: 1-1.5 minutes
Total time: 2 minutes
Yield: 1 serving
- 1 cup milk
- 2 heaping teaspoons nutella
- 1 heaping teaspoon cocoa powder
- sugar to taste, optional
- mini marshmallows, for garnish
- Microwave milk for 1 minute, stirring every 30 seconds.
- Add nutella, cocoa powder and sugar (if desired) to a microwave safe mug, then pour in warmed milk.
- Stir until all ingredients are dissolved into milk. Microwave an additional 30 seconds or until desired temperature.
- Top with mini marshmallows if desired.