To be honest, I had never even heard of Nutella until about four years ago. I know, I know. It’s embarrassing right? I mean what did I do? What did I eat? Apparently nothing because once I tried this chocolaty heaven my life has never been the same. The first time I tried Nutella I was in England finishing my practicum for grad school. Three weeks of working in nurseries with tiny British tots. It literally doesn’t get any cuter than that. Did I mention I was there the month Will and Kate got married? Would I really miss my BFF’s wedding? The Olympics were looming. Spring was busting at the seams. Best time ever guys. Best. The accents, the puppy filled parks, churches with red doors, and the hotels. My hotel was nothing short of perfection. Picture this-a quaint hotel off of Notting Hill with the sweetest little breakfast spread every morning. At the start of the line – you guessed it- Nutella. Before I knew it I forgot why I was even in London. Soon I was searching for this chocolate hazelnut spread everywhere we went. Note: Nutella was at every grocery store back home. Guess I had been too busy scoping out peanut butter on the condiments aisle. Ahh peanut butter…what was I talking about again? Oh right, the fact that I had somehow grown up without knowing of Nutella’s existence. It must have been a true deception planned out by my friends and family. Why had they been holding out on me? WHY. You could put this stuff on everything. And that I did. Needless to say, my pants started getting tighter. And tighter. Oh well, when in Rome right? Or England, I guess? It may not come as a shock that I took this obsession home with me. Fast-forward four years and here we are. Spoiler alert. My three-year-old is obsessed too. Projecting much mom? Ain’t no shame in my game.
Thank goodness I’m back stateside where I can buy these jars in bulk. And buy in bulk we do. My little Mr. Mischief has found a way to sneak this ooey-gooey (I’m descriptive right?) mess into his breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Okay, okay, snack time too. I said I had projected, didn’t I? When I was deciding on our first recipe for #wecookwednesday it was obvious I needed to start with the fewest amount of ingredients possible. Gotta keep it simple folks. I needed familiar foods and since we’re cooking with kids here-easy peasy. We only used two ingredients and somehow still managed to trash the kitchen. The OCD in me went for a wild ride. But hey, that’s life right? Life is sticky, messy, and fun. Just like-Nutella. See what I did there? (Be forewarned, I’m a cheeseball.) We decided to make Fudge-Pops for our first cooking adventure. They are too easy and TOO yummy. Who doesn’t love a chocolate Popsicle?
This recipe is so simple and Mischief was able to measure, mix, pour, and set the popsicles. These fudge-pops are made of Nutella and chocolate milk. You can use regular milk, almond milk, or (gasp!) chocolate almond milk. Exhilarating options no doubt. I went with regular old chocolate milk because we had it on hand. We talked about how to measure (the Nutella) and leveling. He built confidence by pouring the milk into a measuring cup. Then, he mixed both ingredients into a big bowl. I would recommend a BIG bowl here. It’s going to slosh all over the sides and onto the counter. –Enter- my OCD deep breathing skills. A little adult facilitation is helpful here because the Nutella will stick to the whisk. We both held the whisk and talked about how the colors darkened together. A true cause and effect-cooking lesson. The Popsicle mold we used has 6 trays and is perfectly tot-sized. I poured the first two molds to show him how to fill the milk to the line at the top. The bowl will also be heavy and you don’t want to end up with all the Popsicle juice on your kitchen floor. Avoid the toddler tantrum and help a brother out. Lighten the load a bit. He poured the remaining mixture into the molds and into the freezer it goes! Now the hard part. The waiting. Oy, the waiting. Depending on your freezer and the size of the molds, the Popsicles need to set for 4-6 hours. When ready-take them out and enjoy! It’s summer break after all!!
Early Childhood Lessons:
Cause and Effect
½ cup Nutella
1 ½ cup chocolate milk
Yield: 6 servings (depending on Popsicle molds)
Mix ½ cup Nutella with 1 ½ cup chocolate milk. Whisk until fully combined. Pour into Popsicle molds. Freeze 4-6 hours.
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Photography by thewholesomedish.