Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Nutella Hot Chocolate with Kahlua

If I had pick my favorite time of year to live in the northeast, it would be right about now. That golden twilight between seasons; still warm and bright during the day, but crisp and clear in the evenings. Not so cold at night that you can't sit outside and cozy up under a light blanket, listening to the tree frogs sing, or watching the stars twinkle. It's even better when enjoyed with company, and especially wonderful if you have a warm drink to stay toasty!

My Nutella Hot Chocolate with Kahlua is just that drink. Rich, chocolatey, nutty hot chocolate would by itself be a tremendous treat, but add a quick shot of Kahlua and it's... perfection. Nutty, chocolate-y, and with a wonderful rum 'punch', this cocoa makes a great fireside sweet! For the kiddos, leave out the Kahlua, and be the toast of any snowy playdate!
And, lest I forget, if you really want to make it special... top with freshly whipped cream and a drizzle more Nutella. Hey, this isn't "Straight to the Hips, Baby" for nothing!

Nutella Hot Chocolate with Kahlua
makes just over 3 cups

3 cups 2% milk
2 tablespoons Nutella Hazelnut Spread
2 ounces Kahlua (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon sugar
whipped cream for topping

In a medium saucepan over medium low heat, gently heat the milk until warmed. add the Nutella & vanilla extract and whisk to combine. Next, add the sugar and cocoa powder and whisk briskly until full incorporated.

Continue to warm until completely hot, but not scalded. Remove from the heat.

Stir in the Kahlua (optional).

Pour into your favorite mug and top with whipped cream. Enjoy!