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
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.
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).