Hazelnut Hot Chocolate

Chopped chocolate whisked with cocoa powder, vanilla extract, hazelnut syrup, condensed milk, and milk in this deliciously creamy beverage. This hazelnut hot chocolate is comforting and perfect for cold winter days.

Hazelnut Hot Chocolate | Cooking with a Wallflower

It’s been freezing here in the city. Not that I can complain too much, since it’s never that cold in the Bay Area especially when compared to areas with snow and ice. But it’s cold to me so I’m constantly wrapped in cozy blankets and warm thigh high boot socks. I like to be warm and cozy all the time.

Lately, during my off days, all I want to do is lounge around, sip on hot chocolates, and either watch movies or read books. It’s probably because I’m so exhausted by the end of my 6 day work week I just want to relax.

Hazelnut Hot Chocolate | Cooking with a Wallflower

Then of course, things happen that make life just a little more difficult. Like my Microsoft Word documents constantly crashing on me. I’m so stressed out over the fact that I can’t even type a letter without the document closing down on me. If someone knows how to resolve that, I’d be so grateful.

Hazelnut Hot Chocolate | Cooking with a Wallflower

So this hazelnut hot chocolate is just perfect for those lazy days, or for those days that you just need a comforting pick me up . It’s creamy and slightly thick, sweet and chocolaty, and a little nutty.

Hot chocolates can be made in a single pot so it doesn’t create too much of a mess. Plus, it doesn’t take long to make, which is perfect. Because seriously, who wants to spend forever making their hot chocolate, right?

Hazelnut Hot Chocolate | Cooking with a Wallflower

Chop up good quality semi sweet chocolate. You can use other types of chocolate too, like white chocolate or dark chocolate or milk chocolate. Add the chopped chocolate to a stainless steel pot along with cocoa powder, condensed milk, vanilla extract, hazelnut syrup, and milk.

Hazelnut Hot Chocolate | Cooking with a Wallflower

Use a whisk to stir the hot chocolate over low to medium heat. You don’t want the heat to be too high that the milk will burn at the bottom of the pot. If the hot chocolate is too thick, you can always add more milk. I used 2% milk. And if you would like a stronger hazelnut flavor, you can always add more hazelnut syrup.

Hazelnut Hot Chocolate | Cooking with a Wallflower

Once all the ingredients are well incorporated and the chocolate has completely melted, remove the pot from heat. Pour the hot chocolate into a mug.

Hazelnut Hot Chocolate | Cooking with a Wallflower

Top the hot chocolate with whipped cream and favorite toppings. I added mini M&M’s to mine just because I had them on hand.
Serve the hazelnut hot chocolate warm.

This hot chocolate serves one person, but you can easily double the recipe to accommodate as many people as you need.

Enjoy!

Hazelnut Hot Chocolate | Cooking with a Wallflower

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Chopped chocolate whisked with cocoa powder, vanilla extract, hazelnut syrup, condensed milk, and milk in this deliciously creamy beverage. This hazelnut hot chocolate is comforting and perfect for cold winter days.
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Recipe type: Beverage
Serves: 1 serving
Ingredients
  • 2 oz semi sweet high quality chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons condensed milk
  • 1½ teaspoons hazelnut syrup, more to taste
  • ¾ - 1 cup milk
Directions:
  1. Chop up good quality semi sweet chocolate. Add the chopped chocolate to a stainless steel pot along with cocoa powder, condensed milk, vanilla extract, hazelnut syrup, and milk.
  2. Use a whisk to stir the hot chocolate over low to medium heat.
  3. Once all the ingredients are well incorporated and the chocolate has completely melted, remove the pot from heat. Pour the hot chocolate into a mug.
  4. Top the hot chocolate with whipped cream and favorite toppings.
  5. Serve the hazelnut hot chocolate warm.
Notes
*Add more hazelnut syrup for a stronger flavor
**Add more milk if the hot chocolate is too thick

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19 comments

  1. Ala says:

    I’ve been bundling up and doing the same–though the hazelnut in this hot chocolate sounds like an amazing twist! As for Microsoft Word…have you tried uninstalling/reinstalling? Or maybe checking that all of the updates/drivers on your computer are up to date? Not sure if any of those would do the trick, but then again maybe they will πŸ™‚

    • Andrea| Cooking with a Wallflower says:

      I did try to uninstall and reinstall, but it does the same thing. I have a feeling I need to reformat my laptop. But I am dreading that. I’m a not so secret hoarder, and the idea of having to transfer all my photos and everything else is such a headache. So I’ve been delaying it. But it’s a pain using other word processors when I’m so used to Microsoft. Thanks for the suggestions, Ala!

  2. LJ Innes says:

    Hey A: MMMmm. Chocolate is my favorite food group. Your blog always makes me hungry; there are so many good recipes. Keep ’em comin’ girl, I can handle it. LOL Wishing you a wonderful and bright New Year! ~LJ

  3. Jess says:

    It’s thirty degrees in San Jose this a.m. and I’m freezing lol Crazy that it’s only taken a few months for me to adjust to West Coast winter; back in the Mitten this would be a breeze lol

    Yummy hot chocolate Andrea; we could use some today πŸ˜‰

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