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Clean out your nutella jar, and have your hazelnut hot chocolate too

May 6, 2012

Having discovered that house hunting in Sydney is as soul-crushing as most people say it is,* Will and I both needed some serious comfort food, so we’ve taken to throwing back hot chocolates like a central city Sydney-an would throw back coffee. Today, when I noticed our nutella getting to that annoying almost-finished stage, a delicious idea began to form in my head.

Instead of trying to scrape the last bits of nutella out from the awkwardly-shaped jars, I concocted a mindblowingly amazing hazelnut-kissed hot chocolate. All you need is cocoa (since nutella is so sugar-laden), and if you like your hot chocolates fairly sweet, some additional sugar of some sort, or honey.

Heat your milk of choice in a mug in the microwave, until hot to the touch. Meanwhile, spoon about 2 heaping teaspoons of cocoa (the stuff you bake with, not necessarily drinking cocoa) into your nutella jar**. Pour the milk into the jar, cover tightly, and shake it like a polaroid picture until you can see that the nutella is off the sides. Taste, and add sugar (pref brown, or use honey) if it’s a little “dark” for your liking. Pour back into your mug if drinking out of a jar isn’t your scene, and enjoy! If you want it piping hot you can microwave again for another ten seconds or so. 

* The situation has become so dire we’ve resorted to increasingly ridiculous hyperbolic statements to keep ourselves amused/sane, very few of which would be appropriate for a food blog. If you’re ever planning on moving to Sydney to live, I don’t suggest house hunting on foot. You’ll be that much more sore (literally and figuratively) when the real estate agent doesn’t show up, or when you realise the address has been advertised incorrectly, or when the apartment does not live up to the ad.

** This is also where you can add whatever other things you like in your hot chocolates, like vanilla extract or sea salt.

PS. I wouldn’t advise heating the nutella jar in the microwave as the plastic will likely do weird things. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

PPS. Coincidentally, if you didn’t already know, the easiest, cheapest way to make a regular hot chocolate is to heat your milk of choice, and add cocoa and sweetener to taste.

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One of Sydney’s greatest redeeming features would be the food (good places are dispersed, but plentiful). We’re currently walking distance from Central Baking Depot, whose tarts are lovingly crafted from case to filling – the flaky, crumbly, buttery, properly deep golden crusts are a miracle in themselves, not just a delivery mechanism for the filling.

17 Comments leave one →
  1. May 6, 2012 7:31 pm

    Sorry to hear the house-hunting is no fun :( But on the other hand, Nutella hot chocolate sounds amazing. It’s just (as of two days ago) decided to be winter in NZ and I could use some hot, comforty beverages…

  2. May 6, 2012 9:10 pm

    Delicious idea!

  3. May 6, 2012 9:49 pm

    Good luck with the house-hunting… at least you’re doing well on the hot chocolate front! :)

  4. Rebekah permalink
    May 7, 2012 1:26 am

    That sounds soooo good!

  5. May 7, 2012 1:57 am

    We have not one, but two jars of Nutella (People give them to us). I’m going to make your hot chocolate the day we get to the bottom of the first jar — thanks!

  6. May 7, 2012 5:12 am

    thats really innovative! :)
    i live in the hostel and trying to finish the almost empty nutella bottles was always a problem!
    tried it! it tastes absolutely DELICIOUS!! :D

  7. May 7, 2012 4:00 pm

    Firstly – poos about the house hunting in Sydney. I reckon house hunting at any city is challenging at the best of times. Fingers crossed, you’ll get that dream house soon. Maybe all those times that didn’t work out simply just meant those houses just weren’t for you…and that when you guys finally find a place, it’ll be an ah-mazing dream house and you’d be sooo pleased you didn’t end up with any of the others before.

    Oh…and holy moly choco-moly! Nutella hot chocolate! I’m going to drown myself in this drink ALL winter long. Thanks for posting this!! :-)

  8. peasepudding permalink
    May 7, 2012 7:15 pm

    Great idea Zo! Mye when you settle in we can catch up on one of my many trips to Sydney?

  9. May 7, 2012 11:53 pm

    Making this. Right now. It seems appropriate, I just biked home in the rain after knitting in a bar.

  10. May 8, 2012 12:00 am

    This makes me really anxious to go to Sydney oddly! But I won’t be in the house market!

  11. May 8, 2012 2:16 am

    What a great idea! I’ve done something similar with peanut butter and honey, but Nutella is genius. So enjoy your blog.

  12. May 9, 2012 9:28 pm

    Reblogged this on selaminaleykum.

  13. May 12, 2012 3:47 pm

    A nice idea – shame I don’t have any Nutella! Hope you find something soon! I imagine Sydney’s very expensive?

  14. May 12, 2012 6:36 pm

    Shirleen – I really hope so! Another day of disappointments! At least we had a nice catch up lunch with a friend to make up for it :)

    Pease Pudding: Yes, it would be lovely to finally meet you properly hehe. Will definitely email you when we find a place and aren’t running around all the time >.<

    Rufus: You'll love it if you're a big city person and don't have to find a house to rent :)

    Benjamin: Thanks :D

    Lesley: Apparently second most expensive in the world or something. I'm definitely feeling that!

  15. Cindy permalink
    May 13, 2012 3:15 pm

    Ah, I love it!

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