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Great addition to Hot Chocolate ...

ipsedixit Mar 6, 2007 09:48 AM

... Nutella.

Tried it last night.

A big spoonful swirled into my hot chocolate and a quick zap in the microwave to make sure it melted. Smooth, creamy and gives just the right punch to the hot chocolate without making it too sweet.

Just thought I'd share. Much better than marshmallows ... and plus, it was a big hit with my nephew, which is always a good thing.


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    FlyerFan Mar 16, 2007 11:40 AM

    Frangelico gives you that yummy hazelnut flavor with a little extra kick ;-)

    1. jdubboston Mar 16, 2007 04:27 AM

      Ginger! I get 'instant' ginger tea (it's like granules that dissolve in the liquid) from the asian grocery store and put 1/2 the serving in...

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      1. re: jdubboston
        PseudoNerd Mar 18, 2007 01:31 AM

        That's a brilliant idea!

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        foodshark73 Mar 15, 2007 10:55 AM

        Question: does the Nutella leave an oil slick floating on top? I think of it as being pretty greasy.

        Love the Lindt truffle idea--they make those balls in mint, which might work nicely.

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        1. re: foodshark73
          ipsedixit Mar 15, 2007 04:48 PM

          On the Nutella ... not really, at least I haven't noticed. I tend to think of Nutella as having the same "grease" quotient as peanut butter.

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          kabrown Mar 7, 2007 07:06 AM

          a drop or two of almond extract... delicious...

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          1. re: kabrown
            danna Mar 8, 2007 04:51 AM

            Ever since I made "Mexican" hot chocolate for a theme party and experimented with some additions to my chocolate, I have been adding a whiff of viet cinnamon, a drop of almond extract, and a good bit of salt. Oddly, I found that vanilla extract was not a positive addition.

          2. spinach Mar 6, 2007 09:51 PM

            baileys irish creme!!

            1. Emme Mar 6, 2007 09:46 PM

              Bailey's or Creme de Menthe

              Made w/ white chocolate (my fave) and maybe candy canes
              Vanilla also is a great chocolate flavor heightener... good w/ almond and vanilla extract too
              Vanilla and malted milk powder (I love malt too)

              1. limster Mar 6, 2007 09:40 PM

                Infusing the cream/milk with a teabag of Earl Grey , then using that to make hot choc.

                1. Non Cognomina Mar 6, 2007 05:30 PM

                  Have you tried creamy peanut butter? Unbelievable.

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                    JaredR Mar 6, 2007 01:33 PM

                    Sounds good. But then again anything with Nutella is divine.

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                    1. re: JaredR
                      toodie jane Mar 6, 2007 09:21 PM

                      at christmas, I found imported Italian hazelnut/chocolate paste. Man, Nutella pales in comparison. Find some if you can; two or three times the price but worth every cent. Try a well stocked metro deli. Not nearly as sugary, deeper chocolate flavor and smooth as silk.

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                      AnnaEA Mar 6, 2007 01:27 PM

                      A touch of cinnamon and cayenne, in a dark chocolate made with very little milk.
                      A teeny bit of butter and a dash of rum (or rum flavouring) in milk hot chocolate.
                      White hot chocolate (I like ghiradelli brand) stirred with a candy cane -- serve this around the winter holidays in a seasonal mug, and everything will think you are "so together it's scary".

                      Just don't tell them if the candycanes are from last year. ;)

                      1. chicgail Mar 6, 2007 12:01 PM

                        A touch of seasalt works for me, especially when hot chocolate is too sweet and rich. A touch of cayenne is also pretty amazing.

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                          flipkeat Mar 6, 2007 10:05 AM

                          one milk chocolate Lindt Truffle after the hot chocolate is heated through...I just plop one in my mug..Mmmm good

                          1. jpschust Mar 6, 2007 10:02 AM


                            1. troutpoint Mar 6, 2007 10:02 AM

                              Spiced rum and whipped cream...In Nfld. it's called a snowball. (Probably not so good for your nephew)

                              1. amopdx Mar 6, 2007 09:49 AM

                                I like to add peppermint schnapps every once in a while :)

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                                1. re: amopdx
                                  Katie Nell Mar 6, 2007 10:07 AM

                                  My mom does amaretto. (Peach Schnapps w/ Cider too!) Nutella sounds awfully good, even though I'm partial to cinnamon!

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