>>Hazelnut Hot Chocolate

Hazelnut Hot Chocolate


Ease: Easy

Yield: 6 servings

Preparation time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Source: Chef Scott Campbell, Avenue Restaurant, New York, NY

Southeast Dairy Association - hazelnut hot chocolate
Add a rich, nutty flavor to your hot chocolate with toasted hazelnuts and sweet hazelnut syrup. Look for hazelnut syrup at a specialty food store or coffee shop.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup hazelnuts, toasted
  • 1 quart low-fat chocolate milk
  • 3 tablespoons hazelnut syrup (try Monin® brand, found at most coffee shops)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate chunks
  • Whipped cream (optional)

Directions

Place toasted hazelnuts in a food processor and grind about 1 minute or until coarsely ground.

Pour chocolate milk into a saucepan and bring to a simmer; add sugar and ground hazelnuts. Reduce heat to a low simmer and slowly add chocolate chunks, stirring occasionally until melted (about 3 to 5 minutes).

Carefully pour hot chocolate mixture through a metal strainer. Discard solids in strainer. Pour hot chocolate into individual mugs and top with whipped cream, if desired.

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