Keeping with the whole January + hot chocolate thing, I've got the last two (for now) hot chocolate recipes for you this week. This one is super easy to throw together, and you totally don't have to have your whipped cream melt or spill hot chocolate everywhere like I did -- all you really need is some peanut butter or nutella (chocolate/hazelnut spread), milk, hot cocoa mix, and whatever garnish (whipped cream, marshmallows, sprinkles, etc.) you prefer. Boom, fancy hot chocolate.

While we're on the topic of nutella, I have to admit something...and I'm about to commit the food blogger equivalent of sacrilege, but I'm going to say it anyway because we can be real with each other, right? I don't love nutella. I mean, it's alright...I don't hate it or anything. I just can't get behind the nutella craze. It just doesn't do it for me. I can't even explain it, really. I just feel pretty "meh" about it. 

That said, I still maintain that if you are a nutella-loving individual, this idea would work just as well with nutella! Whether you choose that or peanut butter, it's pretty simple; all you've got to do is whisk a few tablespoons into the heated milk before you add the cocoa mix and you're good to go. 


Peanut Butter (or Nutella) Hot Chocolate

makes two servings

20 oz (or two mugs full) milk
6 TB hot cocoa mix
2 to 3 TB peanut butter (smooth) or nutella
your choice of "garnish" (marshmallows, whipped cream, sprinkles, etc).


  1. Heat milk in a small saucepan over low heat, until it barely simmers.
  2. Whisk in peanut butter or nutella.
  3. Add cocoa mix, and whisk until thoroughly combined, and heat for another minute or two.
  4. Pour into mugs, garnish, and serve!