Quick Italian Hot Chocolate

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. But why not try an Italian hot chocolate recipe? Don’t worry, I have you covered!

nutella hot chocolate recipe

Italian Hot Chocolate

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.

How to Make 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 almond biscotti handy, I’d seriously suggest that NOW is a prime time to put that biscotti to good use. 🙂

Cookies to Serve with Italian Hot Chocolate

Here are some delicious Italian cookies that will go great with your hot chocolate.

toto cookies

If you love chocolate, you’ll love these Italian toto cookies with their cake-like dough.

butterball cookies

In the holiday mood? Serve your hot chocolate with these Italian butterball cookies that uses pecans!

Anginetti Italian lemon cookies

Want to add some brightness to your desserts? Use my recipe for anginetti cookies, an real Italian treat!

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

nutella hot chocolate recipe

Italian Hot Chocolate with Nutella

This is the perfect hot drink Italian-style! Who doesn't love nutella?! Here's how to spruce up your hot chocolate on any cold day!
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
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


  • In a saucepan on the stove heat the milk over medium heat – do not bring to boil
  • When hot (steaming, not boiling), add in the nutella and stir until completely dissolved
  • Remove from heat and pour into a large mug
  • Top with whip cream (and some chocolate shavings too!) and serve with some biscotti on the side


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

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Quick Italian Hot Chocolate

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