Nutella Hot Chocolate

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I have to admit I love Nutella. I can eat it by the spoonful.  So Nutella flavoured hot chocolate sounds like heaven to me.  This recipe is super easy to make and I have included a few variations to suit anyone's taste.

  • 1-2 tablespoon Nutella
  • 1 cup water
Place the Nutella and water in a sauce pan.  Heat on medium stirring until the Nutella is dissolved.  Bring to a boil. Pour into your favorite mug and top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings or marshmallows.


Microwave method:
Pour water/milk into microwavable cup and heat for 2 min.  Add Nutella and microwave for another minute. (Ezara mentioned below that if you have a higher power microwave these times are a bit high; try heating the water for 1 minute, add the Nutella and heat for another 40s). Stir and serve.

Make it creamier:
Replace all or part of the water with milk/cream.  Stir/whisk constantly while heating. Froth up the milk if you have a frother.

Make it more chocolaty:
Add 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder.

Make it spicier:
Add a pinch (or more) of cayenne pepper and/or a teaspoon of cinnamon.

Make it more caffeinated:
Add a 1/2-1 teaspoon instant espresso powder or replace some of the water with brewed espresso.

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hazelk5 months ago

best hot chocolate i have ever had thank u xx

This is one of the nicest hot chocolates i have ever had!
Tastes great!
Great work ChrysN!
this is the BEST use for nutella i have ever seen!
i make it with a mug of milk and a tablespoon of nutella or a teacup of milk and two teaspoons
ever since i found this i haven't gone back to the powered mixes, this is honestly one of the best drinks ever!
slightly chocolaty with a lovely creamy taste of hazelnuts ^_^
brilliant work Chrysn
ChrysN (author)  AussieAnglerGal2 years ago
Glad you like it!
it was so delicous :) i added a bit of peanut butter to it as well, it made it taste ten times better than the first time i made it. :)
i made it in a separate pan from the nutella because the peanut butter has peanut butter oil so it will separate the nutella from the milk if you make it in one pan
ChrysN (author)  averyheartsnutella2 years ago
Peanut butter! That sound awesome, I will have to try that.
Popopopper2 years ago
THIS IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You do realise that nutella isn't vegetarian?.....
ChrysN (author)  RachelEberle3 years ago
I know there is milk in it, I still eat dairy.
Roshy10 ChrysN3 years ago
I just thought I would point out that nutela is vegetarian but not vegan. vegans will only eat something if it does not contain any thing from animals (so no dairy or meat) however vegetarians will eat dairy but not meat.
So do I, but the whey powder is non-vegetarian because animal rennet was used in it's making. The vegetarian society don't recognise it as vegetarian. A bit like cheeses which use animal rennet, unless you eat that sort of dairy too...just trying to help out.
Rennet is no longer collected from the stomachs or animals. They now have genetically engineered microorganisms that produce it, much like yeast is used to produced yogurt and beer. So while it is still technically an animal product it is a byproduct now.
Bas3 years ago
You know what? I have 9 jars of Nutella in my cupboard by the stove, and right now I'm on a 2 apples / day diet (trying to get to 75 from so eventhough I droooled at this instructable, and wanted to try it so much I just have to drool more :(
ChrysN (author)  Bas3 years ago
Good for you for resisting (if you saw how much fat was in a tablespoon if Nutella you'd be happy you didn't have any).
Ari053 years ago
This is delicious! Add a little peppermint extract to it and it makes a great Christmas time drink! :)
ChrysN (author)  Ari053 years ago
That sounds really good! Thanks for the suggestion.
Ezara3 years ago
I wasn't sure how this would turn out, but it was good! I added a bit of instant coffee as it was a little sweet for my taste buds.
Note: Microwave times strongly depend on your microwave. If I cooked mine that long, either the mug would crack or the drink would boil over. I did 1 minute first, and then 40 seconds after adding the nutella - worked out at a great temperature :)
ChrysN (author)  Ezara3 years ago
Thanks, I'll mention the microwave times above.
gothking853 years ago
35Timmy3 years ago
how long does it take for in the microwave so my tounge does not get burnt?
ChrysN (author)  35Timmy3 years ago
If you follow the microwave times I gave above it shouldn't be too hot that you burn your tongue.
mdeep3 years ago
this was DELICIOUS
I'm sure it's better with milk, but I have Nutella and water... Off to try this now ;-)
Ah I lied, I remember making coffee yesterday and only drinking a cup, so I used old cold coffee instead of water (sounds delicious, no?). While it is nothing fantastic, it's better than microwaving it and the nutella masks the bitterness. Waste not, want not. :-) I'll try it again another way soon, thanks for the idea!
tseemann3 years ago
I added in a touch of chai tea mix and some nesquick and topped with rediwhip. It is very good! Thanks for the tip!
one more thing, a couple small chunks of dark chocolate dropped in the mug is very good. The chocolate is dense enough that it stays at the bottom and then when the sweet hot chocolate is gone you get some bitter dark chocolate. ^_^
ChrysN (author)  tseemann3 years ago
That sounds wonderful!
tseemann ChrysN3 years ago
I just made some more and used up the last of my rediwhip.... must get more!
I am someone who really improvises with cooking (I never follow a recipe exactly) and I have used nutella on salty wheat crackers and in cold drink mixes but it never occurred to me to mix it in with something hot. I'm glad you thought of it!
I love this :) :)
ChrysN (author)  icecreamterror3 years ago
I'm glad you like it. Thanks your the patch!
Statuess3 years ago
Wow, I'll remember this for when we next run out of hot chocolate..!
Supernewby3 years ago
I am trying this tonight!
purelily3 years ago
Wow, this sounds amazing! As if I needed another reason to eat nutella! :-P
I'm definitely going to try this with almond or coconut milk!
radarovich3 years ago
I'm a milk girl myself...and I gotta say. OH YUMMM. so not what I expected. I used the 2 tbsp of Nutella and it tastes more nutty and less choco-lotty! Interesting and SO GOOD!
whiteoakart3 years ago
Yummmm.... Even better, replace the water with vanilla soy milk. Oh, I may have to do this when I get home tonight.
hahaha...i have nutella right next to me...imma make some right now...but i aint going to use water. i always like my HC on the rich side.
Same here! I tried milk and nutella and a pinch of mint hot cocoa mix and it was heavenly! You should try it sometime.....
mmmm...hahaha...that does sound good!!!
OMG!!! i just put in two standard silverware spoonfulls of nutella to a smaller size cup of warm milk...and it made my whole day better!!!!
My daughter really likes Nutella. She's going to enjoy this! Thanks ChrysN :0)
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