Chocolate Hazelnut Hot Cocoa

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A warm, comforting cup of hot cocoa made with everyone’s favorite chocolate hazelnut spread. It also has hints of cinnamon and a little added cocoa powder.

Have I mentioned we love Fall? I’m pretty sure that’s a running theme on our blog from September to December.

Even though, December is technically Winter; we still enjoy all those amazing colors and flavors.

It just so happened the other day Kim, and I were sitting on the couch talking, and the conversation turned to hot cocoa.

Have you seen the Instant Pot Hot Cocoa on the blog? It’s great, but this one is different.

Kim has a wonderful homemade hot cocoa recipe we use, but I wanted to add a twist to it before sharing it on the blog.

Besides, we have to keep some of our recipes secret for the cookbook, right? After thinking about it, the idea seemed a little too good to be true.

A cup of hot cocoa garnished with whipped cream.

In spite of my original hesitation, we decided to add chocolate hazelnut spread and few other ingredients to the hot cocoa recipe. Fortunately, the results were amazing.

The spread melts perfectly into the drink and the extra touch of cinnamon and cocoa powder perks up the beverage.

Ariel view of hazelnut spread, cocoa, and cinnamon sticks used in hot cocoa.

Instructions for Chocolate Hazelnut Hot Cocoa:

Preparing the hot cocoa could not be any easier. While it’s “homemade,” it takes so little time and effort, the process seems “semi-homemade.”

First, grab the chocolate hazelnut spread, cinnamon, cocoa powder, and milk. In regards to the milk, we did use coconut milk instead of whole milk.

The hot cocoa being whisked in a saucepan.

I am happy to report; it works well. Just keep in mind, dairy milk seems to work better when it comes to adding richness to the drink.

Next, add the cocoa ingredients to a medium saucepan. Then, slowly heat the mixture over medium heat while stirring everything together.

The hot cocoa in a white cup topped with whipped cream and cinnamon.

It only takes about five to seven minutes. Once the hot cocoa starts to steam, remove it from the heat and serve.

Don’t let it boil. Last, you can garnish it with whipped topping, chocolate shavings, ground cinnamon, or anything else you desire.

In closing, I wish everyone a long life, love everlasting, and a belly full of warm cocoa.

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The hot cocoa in a white cup garnished with whipped cream and cinnamon.

Chocolate Hazelnut Hot Cocoa

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Author: John
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings


  • 4 tablespoons Nutella
  • 16 ounces milk, We used coconut milk.
  • ½ teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus a little extra for garnish


  • First, in a medium saucepan, combine the chocolate hazelnut spread, milk, cocoa powder, and ground cinnamon.
    4 tablespoons Nutella
    16 ounces milk
    ½ teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
    ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Next, heat the mixture over medium heat for about five to seven minutes. Stir constantly to make sure all the ingredients blend. Let the hot cocoa begin to steam.
  • Last, carefully pour the hot cocoa into four-ounce cups and serve. You can garnish it with ground cinnamon, whipped cream, chocolate shavings, or anything you like.

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Serving: 4ounces | Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 51mg | Potassium: 248mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 185IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 161mg | Iron: 1mg


The calories listed are based on the ingredients, using whole milk, and are served in four-ounce serving sizes. We used coconut milk for our recipe, so it was not as rich or decadent. However, we wanted to know if it would work with a non-dairy milk product. The difference is small. 
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