Homemade Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

The best gifts are homemade and from the heart, but the best Valentine’s Day gifts involve everyone’s favorite treat: chocolate, of course. A homemade jar of chocolate hazelnut spread (a.k.a. Nutella) will make the perfect V-Day present. This devilishly, tasty treat is sure to please every Tom, Dick, and Harry.



  • 2 cups hazelnuts, skinned
  • 2⅔-3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup of butter, diced
  • ¾ kosher salt
  • 1 cup heavy cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spread hazelnuts on a baking sheet and toast for 15 minutes, or until deep brown. Let cool and remove skin if necessary.
  2. Grind sugar and hazelnuts in a food processor until smooth.
  3. Melt chocolate in double boiler or microwave, stir often. Once melted, stir in butter and salt. Next, whisk cream into the mixture to create chocolate hazelnut spread.
  4. Let cool. Serve or pour into jars for gift-giving.

Tips, Tricks, and Variations:

  • If you’re not a fan of heavy cream, substitute it for ¾ cup milk and 1/3 cup butter.
  • To make your V-day gift extra special, buy cute mason jars, ribbon, and labels and let your creativity go wild!

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