So I know that hot chocolate isn’t a complex thing to make and typically requires under five minutes of prep time before it can be enjoyed. Hot water and a packet of cocoa- or, if you’re like me- steamed milk and a pouch of the most decadent flavored mix you can find. Some whipped cream and a few mini marshmallows? You’re all set and ready to go.
Given that we just had our first Nor’easter of the 2020/2021 Winter Season this past weekend- nothing sounded more appealing after an afternoon/evening of shoveling than a mug of piping hot cocoa while I bundled up under a pile of blankets and watched “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” for the millionth time- but in my rush to buy pre-blizzard essentials on Saturday morning- I completely forgot to pick up hot chocolate mix.
Fortunately, I had some milk on hand- and an unexpected ingredient to make some of the richest cocoa ever. If you like Nutella as much as I do- you’ll love this Wintertime and Holiday-approved beverage.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
1 SERVING (1 MUG):
- 1 cup milk (any kind. I also recommend almond milk for extra flavor!)
- 2 tablespoons nutells
- 1 dollop of whipped cream
- Mini marshmallows (any amount, depending on preference.)
WHAT YOU’LL DO:
1. Heat the cup of milk in a small saucepan until it’s steaming (but not quite bubbling.) Then stir in the Nutella until it’s evenly dissolved.
2. Top with whipped cream and marshmallows- and enjoy!
See how easy that was? I also had some chocolate curls I keep on hand for different baking projects that I sprinkled on top- as well as a few hot chocolate-flavored candy canes I had picked up at the end of November that I used to occasionally stir the cocoa with (and add some extra flavor.)
And, in the spirit of keeping things festive- I made sure to break out my oversized Santa mug for this one!