December 10, 2016 • FOOD, HOLIDAYS, RECIPE

Hello, Sugar: Holiday Hot Cocoa with Bethcakes [RECIPE]

If you’re nearby this weekend, come by and visit our Nashville boutique, where we’ll be serving up hot cocoa and cookies all day long on Saturday.

If you’re anywhere else, check out the recipe below for Nutella Hot Chocolate from our pal Beth Branch of Bethcakes blog. Served in our Draper James mugs, it’s the perfect dose of snuggly and sweet for the holidays—and all winter long.


“Who doesn’t love a warm mug of hot cocoa during this season?” says Beth, who poured her version into our Draper James Wreath Mugs. “People come up with creative twists on all kinds of classic recipes these days, so I thought it would be fun to stir some Nutella into a classic hot cocoa recipe! You could also try it with peanut butter or salted caramel.”

Beth loves to serve hot cocoa at holiday parties. “How fun would it be to walk into a Christmas party and see a ‘make your own hot cocoa’ bar with all kinds of flavors and toppings?” she suggests. “There’s just something so cozy and nostalgic about hot cocoa. It’s perfect this time of the year.”


As for the Draper James mugs: “How could you not want these mugs after laying your eyes on them?” says the Alabama native. “I love the dark blue with the festive colors, and the shiny gold handle and rim. Major heart eyes over here. I love the Wreath Coasters, too. Anything with the word ‘y’all’ thrown on the end of it will catch my eye. Plus, they’re perfect for serving marshmallows.”

Recipe for Nutella Hot Chocolate by Beth Branch of Bethcakes

serves four


  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup Nutella (or peanut butter or salted caramel)
  • ¼ tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Tiny pinch of salt
  • Marshmallows
  • Nutella Ganache (recipe below)


Heat milk in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until well-heated, but not boiling. Whisk in vanilla, Nutella, cocoa powder, and salt. Pour into four mugs and top with Nutella Ganache and marshmallows.

Tip: If they’re available, buy s’mores marshmallows (they’re flat and rectangular) and use a small star cookie cutter (or any other small shape) to create fun marshmallows for your hot cocoa!


Recipe for Nutella Ganache by Beth Branch of Bethcakes

  • ½ cup Nutella
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream


Heat cream in a small saucepan over medium heat until slightly simmering. Pour cream over Nutella in a heat-safe bowl. Whisk until smooth. (Ganache will thicken as it cools.) Let ganache cool slightly before using.