March 9, 2010

Nutella Coffee in the Afternoon

I own my vices. And they aren’t so bad really. At least in the grand scheme of things.

Comforting guilty pleasures I could never give up are long hot baths, Sex in the City and What Not to Wear re-run marathons while hibernating on the couch, oversized pink bunny flannel pajamas, wine, red licorice, Journey Ballads and of course:

Coffee and Chocolate.

I do feel a little guilt when I indulge. But not too much.

You see, coffee and chocolate (mostly dark chocolate) have redeemed themselves and are not the villainous snack foods they used to be. 

In the afternoon, after hanging out in the cubicle and touring the Culinary School, it’s hard to keep from running across the street to the little convenience store for sugar and preservative laden snacks. Sometimes I have to give in to afternoon cravings.

Today I discovered the perfect afternoon coffee/chocolate pick-me-up that isn’t quite as toxic as my favorite prepackaged goodies. (Corn syrup and red dye No. 40 are listed as the main ingredients in my usual afternoon treat of Mike and Ike’s Hot Tamales and Red Swedish Fish)

From now on, Nutella will be permanently residing in my desk drawer and if I can keep myself from eating it straight out of the jar with a spoon, I’ll be enjoying a little of it warmed up and stirred into my coffee.

Nutella Espresso for One

1 Tbs Nutella
1 shot of espresso (or just some strong fresh brewed java)
steamed milk... as much or as little as you like.

~Spoon the Nutella into a pint glass (if it is too stiff, pop in the microwave for 10 seconds)
~Pour in hot espresso and top it off with some steamed milk (I whisk it right in the pan to make it frothy)

Stir well and enjoy without guilt.


  1. Yum! Sounds always. :)

  2. oh my goodness! I love nutella, and also good piano music. what is it called? I would love to play it myself!!!