Saturday, February 4, 2012

Spiced Nutella Hot Cocoa

Tomorrow, February 5, is not just Super Bowl Sunday. It's World Nutella Day as well. I'm surprised I even know that since I'm not one of those people who absolutely adores Nutella. I also tend to roll my eyes at all the days/months celebrating foods/drinks/animals/flowers/fruits, etc.

Perhaps Giant Eagle Market District is also aware of World Nutella Day since in the February newsletter, which SP brought home today, there is a recipe for Spiced Nutella Hot Cocoa. It sounded yummy and on this snowy Saturday, I had an urge to sip some hot cocoa while watching the snowflakes slowly coat the backyard.
SP wanted to try some, too. We decided to share one serving, so we halved the recipe. Hot cocoa made with milk is still one of those dairy things that sometimes makes my stomach feel yucky, so I didn't want a whole serving for myself.
I should point out that a while ago, Burgh Baby posted some hot chocolate recipes, and one was to make hot cocoa simply by heating milk in the microwave and stirring in as much Nutella as you like. Pretty darn simple. And so obvious - why hadn't I thought of that?!!
GEMD added cinnamon and cloves to their Nutella hot cocoa. Even better, since I love the combination of chocolate & cinnamon.
 Topped, of course, with whipped cream.
So good. We were supposed to share, but I think SP got the leftover in the pot (I guess my glass mug doesn't hold an entire cup) and 2 gulps from the mug. I guzzled the rest.
He says that tomorrow we are making two servings. I guess I need to work on my sharing!

GEMD's recipe:

Spiced Nutella Hot Cocoa

2 cups 2% milk (I used whole milk since that is the only milk I like!)
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp.ground cloves
2 Tbsp. Nutella
1/4 cup whipped cream 
marshmallows (we didn't have any, plus, where do they go? under or on top the whipped cream?)

Combine milk, cinnamon and cloves in a small sauce pan over medium heat, stirring frequently until steaming, about 10 minutes. Add Nutella and whisk until well combined. Pour hot cocoa into 2 mugs and top each with 2 tablespoons of whipped cream and marshmallows. 

Nutritional Information (Per serving)*: Calories 260, Fat 13g, Sat Fat 6g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 25mg, Sodium 140mg, Total Carbohydrate 26g, Fiber 1g, Sugars 25g, Protein 10g, Vitamin A 8%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 35%, Iron 2%

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