Chocolate Dip, Or Nutella for People Who Don’t Like Nutella

nutella dip bread

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Nutella is one of those things that people are really passionate about, whether that passion is positive or negative. I like it, but what I don’t love about it are the ingredients:

sugar, palm oil, hazelnuts, cocoa, skim milk, reduced minerals whey (milk), lecithin as emulsifier (soy), vanillin: an artificial flavor

They may tout it as being without artificial colors and preservatives, but I’m still not keen on slathering palm oil all over my bread.

So I long ago pinned a recipe for homemade Nutella, and when I was planning what to take to a friend’s deck party recently I decided to make some.

Of course, I couldn’t find hazelnuts at the grocery store I went to, so I used walnuts instead.

It was delicious. I have to warn you, though, that one, this makes a lot so you need to be prepared to share, and two, it’s really best if you make it a day ahead so it can thicken in the fridge. I thought I’d messed mine up but it was perfect on day two. chocolate nutella dip

What You’ll Need

  • 1 1/2 cups walnuts, or whatever nut you like
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (the recipe called for whole milk, but I can’t do that, so I used 2 percent and it was fine)
  • 3/4 cup powdered milk
  • 1 tbs. honey
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips (I used dark)
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips (I actually used a bar you get on the baking aisle)

What You’ll Donutella dip bread

  1. Toast the nuts in a 400 degree oven for about 10 minutes. Allow to cool a bit then grind to a thick paste in the food processor.
  2. Meanwhile, heat milk, powdered milk, honey and salt in a small saucepan just until it begins to boil.
  3. You can melt the chocolate on the stove as well, or do it in the microwave like I did. Stir every 30 seconds or so; it should take about 2 minutes.
  4. Add the melted chocolate to the nuts and process some more, then add the milk. Keep going til it’s all nice and smooth.
  5. Allow to cool and refrigerate before eating if you can stand it.chocolate dip pretzels

It’s yummy on pretzels, homemade bread, or anything, I imagine.

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