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This weekend we are expected to get about 8 inches of snow.   If that doesn’t shout hot chocolate season, I don’t know what ever will!

What is Italian hot chocolate and how is it different than regular hot chocolate?

One simple ingredient… nutella!

If you are not familiar with nutella (highly unlikely), it is a thick, smooth and spreadable chocolate with a hint of hazelnut. It is extremely popular in Italy and people everywhere use it in desserts, snacks, and all sorts of recipes… such as Italian hot chocolate.

The recipe is very simple… simply heat the milk with the nutella over the stove ideally so you can stir it to make sure the nutella melts.

Make sure the nutella has dissolved and it’s to your taste, then add some whipped cream on top.

Okay, so I’m not sure the whipped cream is totally Italian, but since I’m Italian-American I’m giving myself a pass!

If you have any biscotti handy, I’d seriously suggest that NOW is a prime time to put that biscotti to good use. 🙂

Enjoy the recipe below!  Keep in mind I’m using a cup of milk per serving.  So adjust quantities accordingly.  

Italian Hot Chocolate with Nutella

Quick and simple recipe for making Hot Chocolate Italian-style... with Nutella!

Course Drinks
Cuisine Italian
Servings 1 person


  • 1 Cup 2% or whole milk skim milk may be too runny
  • 2 Tablespoons Nutella add more or less to taste
  • whipped cream optional


  1. In a saucepan on the stove heat the milk over medium heat - do not bring to boil

  2. When hot (steaming, not boiling), add in the nutella and stir until completely dissolved

  3. Remove from heat and pour into a large mug

  4. Top with whip cream (and some chocolate shavings too!) and serve with some biscotti on the side

Recipe Notes

To make enough for two people, simply double the recipe ingredients.

Give your hot chocolate some extra love with this Italian-inspired version with Nutella!  Enjoy the recipe for a nice valentine\'s day drink, or for the holidays with dessert.