Today was rainy and chilly. I went shopping and by the time I got home my feet were cold because I'd worn sandals in the hope the weather would warm up. It didn't and therefore the cold feet. It's summer and the thought of firing up the wood furnace was just too much for me to bear. We'd had all that blazing hot weather just a day or two ago and now a drop in the temperature had me shivering under a blanket. By mid-afternoon I had to have something hot to drink so I went to the kitchen to see what I had in the cupboard. I was thinking hot chocolate but didn't have any on hand. (Who would in the middle of summer??) But my eyes landed on a jar of Nutella that I'd been using to make a cake. There was quite a bit of the chocolate hazelnut spread left in the bottle and I thought why not stir that in hot milk. So, I did. Just a small cupful to begin with, to test my theory. It worked and tasted very good but there wasn't enough to warm my innards so I decided to make a larger mugful. It took quite a bit of stirring to make the spread dissolve so I poured everything in the blender and the magic happened. It not only dissolved the Nutella but made a wonderful creamy froth almost to the bottom of the mug. It was like a steaming hot milkshake and the taste was wonderful. I might make it again someday when I need a hot drink.
I think I must have drunk 400 or 500 calories today but I WAS COLD! AND IT TASTED REALLY GOOD! So if you're cold and don't have hot chocolate mix but find half a bottle of Nutella in the cupboard, you too can have this treat.
(Obviously, this is not an old recipe from my box or files. And this is not healthy--even when made with skim milk!)
Nutella Hot Chocolate
1 large mugful of hot milk
1 big glob of Nutella or some other brand will work as well
Stir or blend (which will give you the creamy froth) the Nutella into the milk. Sip slowly and savour the flavour. Make one for your sweetie so you won't be the only one drinking 400 calories in one gulp.
The mugful of hot milk and the big glob of Nutella meeting each other in the blender.
Ohhhh, creamy, smooth and frothy all at the same time. And what a taste!
You, too, can make this.