Nutella Chocolate Flan Heart Shaped Valentine’s Dessert

I didn’t think there was any way to improve on the perfection that is chocolate flan. Yet this Nutella chocolate flan does just that by combining the delicious taste of chocolate Nutella with the soft, creamy texture of flan. Topped with fresh fruit this Nutella flan is the ultimate heart shaped chocolate dessert! 

Nutella chocolate flan

If you’re looking for a delicious yet easy chocolate dessert for Valentine’s day these Nutella flan hearts are perfect for celebrating Valentine’s or for a romantic date night with your significant other. These were also a big hit with my kids, I’m making them again for Valentine’s for my family. 

Chocolate flan hearts Valentine's dessert

For this recipe, I used heart-shaped ramekins but any ramekins will do. If you want to maintain the Valentine’s theme all you have to do is decorate your Nutella chocolate flan with fruit hearts. To make the strawberry hearts I used to top my heart-shaped flan I used a mini heart-shaped cookie cutter. You can also make your own strawberry hearts without a cookie cutter. Check out this video to see how.

Chocolate flan for Valentine's Day

What is flan?

Flan is a milk and egg custard dessert usually topped with caramel. It is similar in taste and texture to creme bruleé except that creme bruleé has a hard caramel crust. Traditional flan is very basic combining rich custard with bittersweet caramel. It’s simplicity however, makes it ideal for giving it your own personal twist, you can add different flavors and toppings although many flan purists prefer traditional flan.

What is flan

Flan originated in Spain, then it traveled around the world along with Spanish and Portuguese colonizers. You can find slightly different versions of flan in many parts of the world, especially in Latin America. Most flan recipes today use condensed milk and or evaporated milk instead of fresh milk. Growing up in Guatemala flan was always a staple dessert and one of my favorites growing up. And in Spain as well as in many other countries flan is a traditional dessert enjoyed during the Noche Buena. 

Can I make this if I don’t have Nutella?

Yes! If you don’t have Nutella or you don’t like Nutella (gasp!) or if you’re allergic to Nutella you can still make this luscious chocolate flan recipe. Simply replace the Nutella for semi-sweet chocolate or cocoa. Melt an additional 4 oz. of semi-sweet chocolate or dark chocolate and combine with the milk. You can also use ½ cup of cocoa powder. Taste to see if you need to add some additional sugar since the Nutella is sweeter than the semi-sweet chocolate and the cocoa powder.

Nutella flan Valentine's Day chocolate dessert

Can I make flan ahead of time?

You can flan make this ahead of time. I find that it’s easier to store flan in the ramekins or mold where you made it. I wait to unmold my flan just before serving so it doesn’t fall apart.

You can store flan for up to 5 days in the refrigerator. To store it, cover the mold or ramekin with plastic wrap or wax paper. Decorate with fruit just before serving.

Heart shaped chocolate flan with nutella Valentine's dessert

How do you unmold flan?

For a long time I would struggle unmolding my flan. Some websites will tell you to run a knife on the side of your mold or rameking but this usually causes you to damage the sides of your flan so when you unmold it you don’t get a “perfect” flan. 

how to unmold flan

Follow these steps to easily unmold flan without damaging it. 

  • Before unmolding the flan, remove it from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for ten minutes.
  • Fill a shallow dish with hot water (not boiling just hot from the tap). Place the ramekin or mold in the water for 5 seconds. 
  • Tap the sides of your mold or rameking with the palm of your hand until you hear a sucking sound when the seal between the mold and the custard loosens. You want to loosen the seal between the custard and the mold. 
  • Place a plate on top of the mold or rameking and turn the plate upside down. Holding the mold and plate together shake firmly up and down until you hear the seal breaking. 
  • Lift the mold slowly so that the flan slides onto the plate. 

Other great flan recipes

I am a huge fan of flan. We had flan all the time when I was a kid and it brings back so many great memories. My mom was not much of a cook so we had the boxed flan, which is not bad. But now that I am an adult and enjoy cooking and experimenting in the kitchen I have my own basic flan recipe which I modify to add different flavors to my flans. Here are some of my favorite flan recipes:

Caramel Apple Flan

Nutella Chocolate Flan Recipe

Now for the recipe for Nutella chocolate flan. For this recipe I combined Nutella and chocolate to get a richer chocolate dessert yet you can still clearly taste that unmistakable Nutella. 

Nutella flan

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 12 ounce can of evaporated milk (or milk of your choice)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup of Nutella
  •  4 ounces dark chocolate for melting
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Pomegranate andrils
  • Fresh mint

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 325F degrees.
  • In a medium saucepan heat almond milk, add Nutella and dark chocolate. Mix until chocolate has melted completely and has combined with the milk.

How to make Nutella chocolate flan

  • Add the milk to a blender blend for a few seconds until you achieve a smooth chocolate milk.
  • In a large bowl, beat eggs. Beat in condensed milk, chocolate milk and vanilla until smooth.
  • Pour egg mixture into individual molds or ramekins.
  • Place the ramekins in a 2-quart square baking dish.
  • Place the baking dish on oven rack.
  • Pour boiling water into the baking dish around custard cups to a depth of 1 inch
  • Bake for 30 to 45 minutes or until knife inserted in the center of flan comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and let cool completely.
  • To unmold remove the ramequins it from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for ten minutes. Fill a shallow dish with hot water (not boiling just hot from the tap). Place the ramekin or mold in the water for 5 seconds. Tap the sides of your mold or rameking with the palm of your hand until you hear a sucking sound when the seal between the mold and the custard loosens. You want to loosen the seal between the custard and the mold. Place a plate on top of the mold or rameking and turn the plate upside down. Holding the mold and plate together shake firmly up and down until you hear the seal breaking. Lift the mold slowly so that the flan slides onto the plate.
  • Top with fresh berries and mint leaves.
Nutella flan Valentine's Day chocolate dessert

Nutella Chocolate Flan Heart Shaped Valentine's Dessert

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Additional Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 12 ounce can of evaporated milk (or milk of your choice)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup of Nutella
  •  4 ounces dark chocolate for melting
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Pomegranate arils
  • Fresh mint

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 325F degrees.
    2. In a medium saucepan heat almond milk, add Nutella and dark chocolate. Mix until chocolate has melted completely and has combined with the milk.
    3. Add the milk to a blender blend for a few seconds until you achieve a smooth chocolate milk.
    4. In a large bowl, beat eggs. Beat in condensed milk, chocolate milk and vanilla until smooth.
    5. Pour egg mixture into individual molds or ramekins.
    6. Place the ramekins in a 2-quart square baking dish.
    7. Place the baking dish on oven rack.
    8. Pour boiling water into the baking dish around custard cups to a depth of 1 inch
    9. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes or until knife inserted in the center of flan comes out clean.
    10. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
    11. To unmold remove the ramequins it from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for ten minutes. Fill a shallow dish with hot water (not boiling just hot from the tap). Place the ramekin or mold in the water for 5 seconds. Tap the sides of your mold or rameking with the palm of your hand until you hear a sucking sound when the seal between the mold and the custard loosens. You want to loosen the seal between the custard and the mold. Place a plate on top of the mold or rameking and turn the plate upside down. Holding the mold and plate together shake firmly up and down until you hear the seal breaking. Lift the mold slowly so that the flan slides onto the plate.
    12. Top with fresh berries and mint leaves.

Nutella Chocolate Flan Valentines Day dessert

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