Ahhh…Nutella. I was thinking the other day, whoever invented Nutella has GOT to be very rich. Think about how many jars of Nutella a Nutella lover will buy in a year. Then think about how many Nutella lovers there are in the world.
We are Nutella lovers. But, unfortunately, we’re behind in the times when it comes to Nutella recipes. As you get to know me, you’ll find I’m behind in the times for a lot of things. But there’s a reason we are behind in Nutella recipes. It’s because we were waiting for the PERFECT moment to give you the PERFECT recipe. And this recipe, as simple and possibly too easy as it is, is the perfect one. It has chocolate heaven written all over it.
Of course, this isn’t all we have to offer. It’s just the beginning.
So I don’t know about you, but Valentine’s Day makes me think of chocolate. I could be the only one.
(That was supposed to be a joke, but it wasn’t as good as I’d hoped. You can laugh anyway!)
Anyway, I’m pretty sure everyone thinks about chocolates on Valentine’s Day. Even if you don’t like chocolate. Oh, and by the way, if you don’t like chocolate, just make No Bake Nutella Fudge. Your mind will be changed! This hazelnut and cocoa sweet flavor is one that will blow anyone away. And it’s super, super, super easy!! Just a few ingredients, pressed in a pan, with melted chocolate over it. YUM.
Ok, so let me give you a quick tutorial of how to make these delicious bites. The batter has just 4 ingredients: Nutella, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla. When you mix these ingredients together, the batter will be really thick, but it won’t stick to your hands a whole lot because of the butter in it. Line an 8×8 pan with parchment or waxed paper and press in the batter with your hands. Melt some milk chocolate and pour over the top. We put just a tad bit of butter in with our chocolate as we melted it to soften the chocolate as it sets. We didn’t want a super hard layer of chocolate with our soft, no-cook fudge.
Now here’s the thing. You know how when you cut bars with chocolate on top of it, the chocolate cracks and makes them look messy? Well, to get a nice, straight cut means you need to cut the bars before the chocolate sets completely. So stick the pan in the fridge for about 10 minutes after you spread on the chocolate, and then cut out your perfect little squares.
Sometimes I forget to do the chocolate trick. Ok, most of the time I do.I put the pan of fudge in the fridge completely intending to pull it out 10 minutes later. And then I get busy doing something else and before I know it, my chocolate layer is set. So if you end up somehow forgetting about your chocolate bars and come back a couple of hours later, here’s what you can do to make cutting the squares easier:
Just dip your knife in really hot water and use the hot knife to cut the bars. The hot knife helps soften the chocolate so you can get cleaner cuts. This is literally the most tricky part of the whole recipe, which really isn’t very trick at all.
So if you’re ready to be amazed, get out a bowl, a spoon, 5 ingredients, and a small amount of time and make this N0-Bake Nutella Fudge!
February 5th is World Nutella Day. Come back tomorrow and you’ll find a roundup of some of the most unique Nutella recipes on the web!
If you love chocolate, this No Bake Nutella Fudge will be your new best friend. Just 5 ingredients, ready in under 30 minutes, no baking needed.
10 minPrep Time
10 minTotal Time
- 2 cups Nutella hazelnut spread
- 1 stick butter, softened
- 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon butter, softened
- Mix Nutella and butter together in a stand mixer. Beat until smooth and creamy. Add the sugar and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until the mixture is completely combined. The mixture will be very thick, but should be smooth.
- Line an 8x8 pan with wax paper. Press the Nutella mixture down evenly in the pan.
- Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl very slowly*, about 30 seconds, then stir. Then continue to melt it in 15-20 second intervals, stirring in between until the chocolate is almost melted. Add the softened tablespoon of butter, mix and melt the chocolate an additional 10 seconds. The chocolate should be smooth.
- Spread the chocolate evenly over the Nutella mixture. Allow the fudge to set in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes. Remove the dish from the fridge. Pull up on the wax paper to remove the fudge from the pan. While the chocolate is still slightly soft, cut the bars**. Place the bars on a cookie sheet and slide them back into the fridge to continue to set for an additional 10 minutes.
- Store the bars in an airtight container.
If you have a "melt" setting on your microwave, set it to chocolate and "8 ounces" and start the microwave. You'll still need to stop the microwave to stir the chocolate every 20-30 seconds so that it does not burn. Be sure that the butter is softened before you add it to the chocolate. It's best to add the butter when the chocolate is 90% melted, then the butter will melt most of the way on its own. Put it in the microwave for an additional 10 seconds, if needed.
*When the chocolate hardens completely, it may be hard to cut the bars and not have the chocolate break. I like clean cuts, which is why I cut the bars before the chocolate has completely set. If you forget to do this (which I have done many times!), dip your knife in very hot water before cutting the bars. This will help the chocolate to cut cleanly.