Nutella and coffee...need I say more?

A jar of Nutella.

A jar of Nutella.

What screams Saint Valentine’s Day more than chocolate? Well, maybe roses do, but I can’t cook anything with roses, so for the purposes of this blog post we’re going to stick with chocolate. And when it comes to chocolate in Italy, Nutella is my all-time favorite. While there are many Nutella-related recipes, I would like to share with you my favorite, very simple yet amazing Nutella recipe of all time…Nutella latte.

It was my friends at Piccolo Café in New York City that initially introduced me to this life-altering beverage. When they first opened, Alberto made an iced Nutella skim latte for me and although I don’t think they serve them at their stores anymore, I start everyday off with my own homemade version of it. And here’s how you make it…

Ingredients:

1)   Espresso

2)   Nutella

3)   Milk

Put in a cup however many espresso shots you think you need to make it through the morning. Add anywhere from a teaspoon to a tablespoon of Nutella to the still-hot espresso. Stir vigorously until the Nutella melts. Then add whatever milk you usually use, in whatever quantity you want. The milk can either be hot - if you want a hot latte - or cold with added ice if you want an iced latte. So this recipe is really great for any weather and any season.

Trust me when I tell you that after trying this, you will no longer be able to drink a regular latte again.

I don’t know if you can find this particular beverage in Italy, but there are certainly many other espresso beverages worth exploring during your next trip to Italy.

Until then…

Arrivederci,

Teresa