- 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)
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.