Chilled Nutella Latte

Chilled Nutella Latte | Very Culinary

by Amy on October 2, 2012 · 27 comments

You all know I don’t make a habit of entering contests. Too much pressure! Like trying to teach your kids “new” math when you don’t even understand it yourself, or hosting Thanksgiving dinner for your new in-laws when you’ve never made a turkey before, or competing in the Olympics.

Well now…entering a silly recipe contest doesn’t seem like such a big deal anymore. Whew. So, um, I entered one. 

The lovely PR people at Smart Balance contacted me…used their seductive writing skills, told me I was one of only 20 to be selected, and made me feel all special. And also mentioned that the winner will receive two trips for 2 to Canyon Ranch – one for me and a companion, and an additional trip to give away to one of my readers. HELLO. Did I mention that Paul and I haven’t had a vacation in…well…never. Never to be exact. No lie.

The challenge was to create an original recipe, which incorporated at least one Smart Balance® product. It was immediately a toss up between their popcorn and milk, since I have a deep love for both. In the end, I went with milk.

But then, what to make? What. To. Make? WHAT TO MAKE!!???

I looked over at the recently purchased box of Ferrero Rocher and thought, “That’s it! A Hazelnut Latte!” (Okay, I didn’t exactly yell it, so maybe the exclamation marks aren’t necessary.)

I’m not a coffee drinker – in fact, I had to call Paul while on a business trip to ask him how to use the coffee maker – but I’m no stranger to Starbucks’ hazelnut latte. I have no idea how they’re actually made, but I do know a latte incorporates milk and coffee. And what better way to get hazelnut flavor than from Nutella, amiright?? (Coffee snobs and Starbucks aficionados, ruuuuuuun! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!)

It was only after I submitted my entry that I realized I probably should have created something uber healthy, since the Smart Balance brand is all about the healthy – no hydrogenated oils, 0g trans fats, gluten-free, and high in Omega-3s. So, let’s just say the Coco Real, whipped cream, and chocolate shavings are optional? (But not really *wink*)

This is so completely absolutely delicious. I might become a coffee drinker yet! Go make up a cup and see. And then head over to Smart Balance and vote. Vooooote!!!

If my recipe receives the most votes, 1 lucky reader (and a companion) has a chance to win a trip to Canyon Ranch, which includes:
(1) Round-trip airfare to Miami Intl. Airport (MIA) from anywhere within the U.S.
(2) Transportation to and from MIA to Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa Miami Beach
(3) Two nights in a one-bedroom suite at Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa Miami Beach
(4) A $500 resort credit for spa treatments and dining.

Here’s what you need to do:
(1) “Like” the Smart Balance Facebook page, go to the Recipe Challenge” box in the top right corner and vote for my Chilled Nutella Latte
(2) Leave a comment on the blog letting me know you voted

…and to increase your chances:
(3) Go “like” Very Culinary on Facebook (or just leave a comment on my wall if you’re already fan)
(4) Tweet this post, tagging @SmartBalance and @veryculinary

The promotion and voting period runs from October 1-November 2.

Chilled Nutella Latte
Serves 2
Prep time: 5 minutes

• 1 cup brewed and cooled strong coffee
• 1 cup + 1 tablespoon Smart Balance® Fat Free Milk and Calcium
• 3 tablespoons Nutella (hazelnut and cocoa spread)
• 2 tablespoons Coco Real (cream of coconut, which comes in a squeeze bottle)
• whipped cream
• chopped hazelnuts
• chocolate shavings

Place Nutella and 1 tablespoon milk in a microwave safe bowl. Warm in the microwave for about 15 seconds, just to loosen up the consistency. Stir to combine.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the coffee, 1 cup of milk, Nutella, and Coco Real. Pour into two glasses and top with a dollop of whipped cream, hazelnuts, and chocolate shavings. Swoon!

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{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

Theresa J October 6, 2012 at 4:29 pm
Theresa J October 6, 2012 at 4:28 pm

I voted Number 63


Heather Staten October 5, 2012 at 8:47 am

Good Luck!


the wicked noodle October 5, 2012 at 5:37 am

I voted. And tweeted. And will tell my friends and neighbors to vote, too! I hope you win…I really, really do. And not just because I’d have a smidge of chance of winning, too. Your recipe ROCKS, for one, and two…you totally, completely deserve it!!


Amy October 5, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Thanks, Kristy! You’re awesome, as always *mwah* <3<3


Sarah October 4, 2012 at 2:33 pm

I just voted, pinned the recipe and can’t wait to make it this weekend!!


dina October 4, 2012 at 6:04 am

I voted girl!


Veronica October 3, 2012 at 11:53 pm

I guess I was supposed to leave a separate comment for liking your f/b page. OK, so here it is. :)


Veronica October 3, 2012 at 11:51 pm

Good for you girl! I so hope you win–girl you need a vacation! I voted for you and I liked you twice, once as myself and once as my blog b/c I’m awesome like that. :) This recipe sounds so delicious!


Ryan C October 3, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Just stumbledupon this and decided to try it – it was exactly what I was looking for. Delicious! And easy enough to make :)
Voted for your recipe!


Jenny October 3, 2012 at 5:31 pm

You certainly have my vote. The idea of a chilled nutella latte is completely irresistible. I have been staying away from coffee lately but this is a worthy indulgence.


Cherie Cabral October 3, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Liked the Smart Balance Facebook page and voted for your recipe. Hope we both win!!


Dana Smith October 3, 2012 at 2:08 pm

I voted for your latte! My son is a coffee and Nutella fiend. I’ll definitely be making this for him. Hope you win! :)


Cathy October 3, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Nutella plus coffee. yum. I use Smart Balance spread on all my toasted items, except toasted almonds.


Chris October 3, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Good luck! This recipe looks amazing


Nancie Nelson October 3, 2012 at 10:56 am

I have ALWAYS loved you on Facebook !!!!


Jen October 3, 2012 at 10:55 am

I “shared” your recipe. Hopefully others will vote for you toooooooooooooo. :o)


Nancie Nelson October 3, 2012 at 10:55 am

I DEFINITELY voted for your delicious coffee drink…being a BIG coffee lover, this sounds WONDERFUL !!!


Jenna October 3, 2012 at 7:06 am

Yay! I hope you win!!


Joanne October 2, 2012 at 12:24 pm

You have officially been LIKED my dear!


Sandi Benoit October 2, 2012 at 10:36 am

I did it ALL!!!! Some of those other recipes don’t look “healthy” LOL


Amy October 2, 2012 at 11:35 am

I didn’t see all the other entires until this morning…and you’re right. I’d say the non-healthy ones are getting the most votes! HA!


Jen October 3, 2012 at 10:54 am

Yeah, those other recipes aren’t healthy either (well, most of them).


Mellissa October 2, 2012 at 9:57 am

Also “liked” Very Culinary on Facebook.


Mellissa October 2, 2012 at 9:56 am

I liked and voted on Facebook.


Amy Tong October 2, 2012 at 9:47 am

“liked” Very Culinary on Facebook


Amy Tong October 2, 2012 at 9:47 am

What a nice creation. :) I voted for you. Best of luck and I hope you win this well deserved vacation.


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