dark chocolate spread: a last minute gift idea for Christmas

by Elena Levati

If you are looking for a delicious last minute Christmas gift idea, quick and easy to prepare, you are in the right place! The answer for you is the dark chocolate spread with hazelnuts and cashews!

This year I have prepared it for our homemade advent calendar, but in the past, several times, I have used this yummy jar as a small gift idea for Christmas and I can assure you that it is always very welcome!

The fact is that I haven’t found anyone who doesn’t like chocolate yet! 😀

dark chocolate spread

Be careful not to make the mistake of thinking that this is the recipe for homemade Nutella! The most famous cream spread in the world, indeed, does not include chocolate among its ingredients, but only cocoa!

The texture of my dark chocolate spread is different, thicker let’s say, of course not so creamy, but certainly much more genuine!

dark chocolate spread

Choose the ingredients carefully

I recommend you be careful in choosing the ingredients: in general always, but especially in this case, using a high quality seed oil will allow your spread a much more better taste! The same goes for the selection of dried fruit and, last but not least, dark chocolate!

Remember that it is Christmas and that it is a gift: so be generous! 😉

dark chocolate spread

How to prepare the dark chocolate spread

The recipe for preparing the dark chocolate spread is not complex at all: it will take you about 20 minutes, including cooking!

First you need to finely chop the hazelnuts and cashews together with the icing sugar: this step is very important to assure a lump free cream spread! So take your time and use an excellent food processor (I have the Thermomix).

Now it’s the chocolate turn: chop it and melt it in hot milk, gradually add the oil and finally the dried fruit.

6 minutes of cooking and we are ready!

Easy, right?

Are you following me in this Christmas delicacy?

Let’s go to the detailed recipe!

dark chocolate spread
crema spalmabile al cioccolato fondente


A delicious dark chocolate spread enriched with hazelnuts and cashews: perfect for a yummy breakfast and also excellent for filling cakes!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 6 mins
Course spread
Cuisine Italiana
Servings 1 jar


  • food processor


  • 50 g icing brown sugar
  • 50 g toasted hazelnuts
  • 50 g roasted cashews
  • 100 gr whole milk
  • 100 ml high quality seed oil
  • 100 gr 70% dark chocolate


  • Put the hazelnuts, cashews and icing brown sugar in the food processor and pulverize everything for a long time to get a very very fine flour. This step is very important to have a lump free spread!
  • Chop the chocolate in the food processor.
  • Put the milk in a saucepan and heat it up.Now add the chocolate and mix until it melts.
  • Now add the previously chopped dried fruit, mix well and add 80 g of oil slowly, stirring constantly.
  • Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, for 6-8 minutes: you will see that the cream thickens. The optimum temperature is 60 °C and if you have a kitchen thermometer I highly recommend using it!
  • Turn off, add the last 20 gr of oil and mix well.
  • If you want a smooth cream, puree it with an immersion blender.
  • Immediately pour the hot cream into a sterilized jar, close it and let it cool.
  • Cooling time will give your chocolate spread the perfect texture!


Once opened, I recommend keeping the spread in the refrigerator.

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