Boozy Nutella Hot Chocolate

I have had a deep love for Nutella ever since I was a little girl and would come home from school and make pita bread and Nutella sandwiches, melting the chocolate-hazelnut spread and crisping the bread in the toaster oven, until they were fused together in a messy, crunchy kind of way. Not sure where my parents were during this time or why they thought this was appropriate, but the love has carried on into adulthood. I didn't add extra sugar as Nutella has quite a bit of its own, but feel free to add a bit more if you like it on the sweeter side or dunk a marshmallow on top for a sugary bite between sips. Whatever you do, don't forget the booze. How else are we supposed to get through the holidays?!

Note: Bourbon will be a touch sweeter than whiskey, but both work well. You can also sub in rum, if you prefer it.


  • 2 cups whole or 2% milk
  • 1 (2-oz) bar semisweet chocolate, plus more for grating (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon Nutella
  • 3 ounces whiskey or Bourbon


Step 1

Heat a saucepan over medium-high heat and combine the milk, chocolate, and Nutella, stirring occasionally, until bubbles start to form at the edges. Reduce heat to a simmer so that little baby bubbles burst sporadically on the surface to avoid burning the milk, until the chocolate has melted and it has a more of a combined look.

Step 2

Off the heat, stir in the booze, divide between mugs and garnish with some extra grated chocolate, if you're into that sort of thing (which you probably should be).