Grown Up Peppermint Nutella Hot Chocolate + A Giveaway

December 7, 2012

I wish it was snowing and cold here in Illinois. Before all you warm weather lovers threaten to kill me, let me explain myself. I have the tree up, the lights, and all the shiny decorations. I am ready for Christmas. I could use a little snow and cold weather so when I don’t feel like venturing out over the weekend, I can use the excuse, “The weather. Ugh! It’s just so bad out there.”

And my friends and family who know me so well wouldn’t be mad because they were probably expecting this in the first place aaaand the weather would be following right along with my plan. Then I could pop on some sweat pants and brew up a big batch of this boozy nutella hot chocolate, watch the yule log on my tv, and listen to Christmas music.

Yep, that’s all I want for this weekend…. And life in general.

But, before we get to the recipe, I have another great giveaway for you that goes with the cozy theme of this drink. I have partnered with my friend Emily who runs one of my favorite Etsy shops, What Gives Us Joy. Emily is so graciously giving away this beautiful, handmade, cranberry cowl! Plus, during the holiday season, she is offering a discount on your purchase!

I have an infinity scarf made by Emily and I wear it all the time! I love it and I know you would too! I know that I have some male readers out there, so guys, listen up! Do you have a lady in your life? Having trouble coming up with a gift for said lady? Boom! I got you covered. Well, actually Emily has you covered.

So here are the rules for the giveaway. You must be a US resident to enter. In order to be qualified for the giveaway, leave a comment below about your favorite holiday activity or tradition. For an extra entry in the giveaway head over to the What Gives Us Joy Facebook page and like it. Then leave a comment below saying that you did so.

One winner will be drawn at random on Wednesday December 12th at midnight. Good luck and happy holidays everybody!

Grown Up Peppermint Nutella Hot Chocolate + A Giveaway

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 4
Author Sarcastic Cooking


  • 3 Cups Milk
  • ¼ Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • ½ Cup Nutella
  • ½ Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ Cup Peppermint Liquor
  • 4 – 6 Ounces Whipped Cream/ Whipped Topping
  • Marshmallows candy canes, and shaved chocolate for optional toppings


  1. In a medium saucepan, heat the milk over medium heat for about five minutes. Right before it starts to simmer, whisk in the cocoa powder. Cook for five more minutes. Be careful not to bring the milk to a boil. If it starts to bubble, knock the heat back a bit.
  2. Whisk in the Nutella. When the Nutella has melted, mix in the chocolate chips. Stir until the chips melt, about three minutes. Stir in the vanilla extract, liquor, and then remove from heat.
  3. Pour into glasses and top with whipped cream or marshmallows and a little bit of shaved chocolate.

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  • ashley
    December 12, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    I love baking cookies!

  • Kimberly P.
    December 10, 2012 at 10:37 am

    A favorite tradition is to fill stockings for everyone staying over on Christmas Eve (regardless of age!) and watching the surprise when everyone has a stocking to “open” on Christmas morning. We are all children at heart, right?! This scarf is absolutely beautiful. Thanks for the giveaway and for the yummy recipe. Can’t wait to try it!

  • Sarah
    December 9, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Decorating & eating sugar cookies is always at the top of my holiday list!

  • Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking
    December 9, 2012 at 11:21 am

    It’s raining here and central VA and I’m looking forward to the first snow, but that’s mean I have to wait that long to make this hot chocolate. You had me at Nutella and Peppermint!
    I’d love if you bring your boozy drink to my December Chocolate-party

  • viviana
    December 8, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    During this time of year i love decoration the tree with my family and going to Disneyland to see all of the beautiful decorations

  • Linda K.
    December 8, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    I like watching A Christmas Story every year. Without fail.

  • Amber @ Slim Pickin's Kitchen
    December 8, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Yum! I want a mug of this right now! I always yearn for an excuse to not do anything, especially around the holidays. I have mono at the moment so I’ve got about 6 weeks ahead of me of lying around and doing nothing…that’s just a wee bit too long though :/

  • Marilyn @ Lipgloss+Spandex
    December 8, 2012 at 10:27 am

    That looks so delicious! I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to make that today….

    My favorite part of the holidays would have to be relaxing with the family after opening presents. At that point, everything is done and good 🙂

  • Jill Hartley
    December 8, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Wow that scarf is amazing!!! I think my new favorite tradition may start today! Going to Old Salem with my hubby and just being around everything that is Christmas!

  • Emily Hrobsky
    December 7, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Mmmm… the oozy gooeyness of these kind of warm drinks are what make em to good.

    Looks great. Thanks for thinking of me and sharing my shop. I can’t wait to see who the winner is 🙂

  • Chels R.
    December 7, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    I liked the What gives us joy FB page 🙂

  • Chels R.
    December 7, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Mmm, this looks delish! Our favorite holiday tradition is decorating our tree and then watching The Polar Express with our kids and ALWAYS drinking hot chocolate during the Hot Hot Hot Hot Chocolate scene 🙂

  • Tyna
    December 7, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Hot chocolate + peppermint + nutella = yum! This recipe sounds divine, even before I realized there is alcohol in it!

    I’m a fan of knitted wear – and loving that scarf! I live on the West Coast and my family is on the East Coast – every year I fly home to visit. While my sisters, husbands and kids are running around visiting their extended family, my Mom and I stay home to wrap presents and watch It’s A Wonderful Life. It’s so relaxing to take a break during the hectic visit home, and it’s one of my favorite rituals.

  • barbara n
    December 7, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    My family always plays Christmas music while we are decorating the Christmas tree!

  • Leslie
    December 7, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    My favorite Christmas tradition is that I always read TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRSTMAS to my boys while they say on my lap on Christmas Eve. I even have a photo that I love of my grown up son on my lap with that book.

  • Jennie @themessybakerblog
    December 7, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    I’m ready for cold weather to come and stay for good, or at least for the next couple of months. I hate wearing real clothes, and the cold weather gives me an excuse to stay in my sweats.

    This cocoa looks amazing. Your pictures are making me drool. I want to plop right in front of the TV and watch Christmas movies while sipping on this liquid gold. Yum!

    Love the scarf! I knit too. Hmm, my favorite thing to do would be bake cookies while wiggling my butt to some Christmas music.

  • Beckie
    December 7, 2012 at 11:07 am

    I’m in WI with no snow holiday blues. Every year we have a romantic Christmas light walk in a botanical garden.

  • Beckie
    December 7, 2012 at 11:04 am

    I liked their FB page 🙂

  • Marcie
    December 7, 2012 at 10:02 am

    In addition to keeping this drink away from the kiddies my favorite tradition is decorating our tree each year. We always do it the weekend following my husband’s birthday with holiday music playing! Each year our son takes a more active role – this year he selected the theme

  • Marcie
    December 7, 2012 at 9:57 am

    I’ll need to be sure to keep this hot cocoa away from the kiddies!

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress)
    December 7, 2012 at 9:57 am

    OMG that hot chocolate is killer. It looks so so sooooo wonderful!

    And my fave holiday tradition is running down to the tree Christmas morning with my brother and excitedly waiting to open presents, then eating homemade bread 🙂

  • Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out
    December 7, 2012 at 9:28 am

    I think that market I was telling you about might have to be my new favorite Christmas activity! And who doesn’t love a warm, chunky scarf? Pretty color.

  • Mandie @ Oh So Decadent
    December 7, 2012 at 8:51 am

    My favorite holiday tradition would have to be all the baking that comes with Christmas. Nothing better than belting out to NSYNC’s Home For Christmas album while baking all day :).

  • Mandie @ Oh So Decadent
    December 7, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Well first off, let me say that anything that has Nutella instantly has my name written all over it. I cannot get enough of the stuff! And the fact that it’s mixed with peppermint liquor, yum yum :). Definitely making this now that the weather has cooled down a bit here on the east coast as well!

  • kelsey
    December 7, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Liked on FB!

    thanks for the FAB giveaway!

  • kelsey
    December 7, 2012 at 8:48 am

    I loveeeeeeeeeeee Christmas music. ALL year long!

    This scarf is seroiusly beautiful. Can you bully her into being my BFF too??