Frosted window panes, candles gleaming inside, painted candy canes on the tree…Santa’s on his way, he’s filled his sleigh with things, things for you and me.
YEP it’s Holiday time everyone! And I’m diving in head first this year, hoping to come out covered head to toe in tinsel and glitter and baubles. The first entry into my Holiday repertoire is how I feel all holidays should start, and that’s with a cup of hot chocolate. And this isn’t just any hot chocolate…it’s Nutella Hot Chocolate.
And it’s not just any Nutella Hot Chocolate! It has a secret ingredient. An ingredient that will take your whole hot chocolate game to the next level. Ok, maybe it’s not that secret.
It’s sea salt. A pinch of sea salt and that takes this from being a pretty straight forward ‘yeah I get it’ kind of drink, to being totally unexpected and delightful.
This would also benefit enormously from a splash of Frangelico (aka Hazelnut Liquer) to tie in with the hazelnuts in the Nutella. But if you’re serving this before noon or to some littlies, then understandably, you would leave that out.
We all know that half the fun of hot chocolate is the toppings, and here I’ve gone for some whipped creme fraiche, some chopped hazelnuts, and a little salted caramel that I had left over from this epic cake. I think the whipped creme fraiche is the only non-negotiable item, because this is a sweet hot chocolate. It’s not bitter enough to stand up to sweetened whipped cream or marshmallows, which would be a sugar overload.
But otherwise, this is such a simple recipe, that I think it’s kind of perfect for the Holidays. It’s the kind of thing you can easily make at the drop of a hat, because really all you need to have in the house is some kind of milk, Nutella and a pinch of salt.
And that’s the kind of celebration that I love. The spur-of-the-moment cup of hot chocolate shared with friends or loved ones. Take a thermos of this down to the park, or sip it while you wrap presents and just hang out.
If you’re bummed that Christmas things are already appearing in stores, and that I’m already talking Holiday recipes then sorry I’m not sorry.
Because I’m freaking Buddy the Elf over here. I love it all! And this year I’m going crazy with the Christmas stuff! Just try and stop me! And tell me, are you an Xmas hater or all about the Yuletide?
- 1 cup milk
- 1 heaped tbsp nutella
- pinch of sea salt
- whipped creme fraiche
- chopped hazelnuts
- caramel sauce
- To make the hot chocolate, simple place the milk, nutella and salt into a saucepan and place over a medium heat. Whisk constantly, being sure to get into the corners of the pan, until the mixture just starts to seethe around the edges, and then remove from the heat.
- Pour into mugs or cups and garnish with a blob of whipped creme fraiche, some chopped hazelnuts and a drizzle of caramel.