Southeast Dairy Association - hazelnut hot chocolate

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.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 11 minutes
Servings: 6


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


  1. Place toasted hazelnuts in a food processor and grind about 1 minute or until coarsely ground.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.


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

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