Homemade Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread- by Giada Delaurentiis

Did you catch Saturday's episode of Giada at Home, "Chocolate Heaven"? Chocolate Heaven is exactly what everything looked like on the show. Giada made chocolate delights such as Double Chocolate and Mint Cookies to a Chocolate-Expresso Martini! Yes, you read correctly! "Chocolate Heaven" inspired me to try something new. Today, I am going to try the Homemade Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread for two reasons. First, it looks heavenly. Second, I am hoping my son likes it. He is autistic and we are having trouble getting him to eat anything.

Homemade Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread- by Giada Delaurentiis

Here is what you need:

  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips (3 ounces)
  • 3/4 cup skinned hazelnuts, toasted (about 4 ounces)
  • 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk, such as Eagle Brand
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

  • *Giada's recipe calls for toasted baguette slices, sliced fruit, such as apples, pears, pineapple and/or bananas. (I am not using these right now.) I am trying mine on regular sandwich bread for my son.

Place the chocolate chips in a small bowl and place over a saucepan of barely simmering water. Stir occasionally until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth. Cool to room temperature.
Grind the nuts in a food processor until pasty (the nuts will be stuck to the sides of work bowl), 1 minute. Scrape down the bowl with a rubber spatula. Add the condensed milk, honey and salt. Blend well, scraping down the bowl as needed. Add the cooled chocolate and pulse until combined. Transfer the spread to a small bowl.
Serve with the toasts and sliced fruit. 

I made the spread. It tastes great. I like it better than other homemade spreads because it is not as sweet. : ) 

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