Homemade Chestnut-Chocolate Spread

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A creamy chestnut-chocolate spread for toast, crackers, pretzel dip, and much more. Just like hazelnut spread but with the lovely taste of chestnuts! Makes a great gift.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
2 cups


  • 1 cup milk, or more as needed

  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 cups roasted and peeled chestnuts

  • ½ cup honey


  1. Mix milk, cocoa powder, sugar, and vanilla extract in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer. Add chestnuts; cook until chestnuts soften and milk has reduced by a little more than half, about 10 minutes.

  2. Carefully pour milk mixture into a blender. Cover and hold lid down with a potholder; blend until smooth. Add extra milk, a few tablespoons at a time, if mixture isn't blending well. Avoid adding too much milk as the spread should be thick.

  3. Add honey and continue to blend until smooth. Transfer to small jars and let cool. Serve immediately or seal jars and store in the refrigerator.

Cook's Note:

To roast fresh chestnuts, cut an X on the flat side of each chestnut using a sharp paring knife. Make sure the blade cuts the shell and into the skin. Place chestnuts cut-side up on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) until shells opens up a little and recede, 35 to 40 minutes. Cool chestnuts until easily handled, then peel.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

97 Calories
1g Fat
22g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 97
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 8mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 5mg 24%
Calcium 27mg 2%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 176mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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