Friday, February 5, 2010

It's World NUTELLA Day!

Yum! Today is the day to celebrate some chocolate-y, hazelnut-y (or Filbert-y, if you're from Oregon) goodness from the great country of Italy. It's World Nutella Day!

I would like to share both a recipe or a story or something to help celebrate the wonders of Nutella on this most special day.

Here is my favorite recipe. You will need:
1 jar of Nutella (any size)
1 spoon (any size)

Instructions: Open jar. Dip in spoon, swirl around a bit. Remove Nutella with spoon. Eat and enjoy!

If you don't know what Nutella is, you are missing out. I first discovered Nutella in November 2008 on a business trip to Italy. I had noticed it at the breakfast bar in the hotel, in little jam-type packages. So I asked my Italian colleagues, Gianluigi and Paola, at lunch one day, "What's Nutella?" Jaws dropped, conversation stopped, horror spread across their faces. "You mean, you don't know what Nutella is?" Gianluigi gasped. Gianluigi and Paola went on to describe how delicious Nutella is, the story of the great Nutella shortage, the best ways to eat it (Paola swears by it on a saltine cracker), and the fact that they don't buy it. "I can't," confessed Paola, "because I would eat the whole jar by myself it's so good!"

So I had to get some of this Nutella for myself. I went to the grocery store and in my almost non-existent Italian asked, "Dov'e' Nutella?" I must have a terrible accent because the guy told me in English where it was and I must have looked pathetic and helpless, because he led me to the end cap dedicated to Nutella. I brought it home to Corvallis, and then Patrick and Brandon and I cracked it open...
proceeded to eat it all with our spoons. Yum.

Now that we're living here in Italy we see it everywhere. You can have it on waffles by the Duomo (photo below), crepes in Paris and all manner of pastries are filled with Nutella. It's really used as much, if not more, than peanut butter in the US. So, today, on World Nutella Day - please go out and buy yourself a jar of Nutella (yes, it's available in US supermarkets) and try it for yourself. I want a report!!

World Nutella Day is brought to you by Ms Adventures in Italy, Bleeding Espresso, and World Nutella Day.


  1. Kat, I love how creative you can be in the kitchen!!

  2. Also, I usually read your blog in a reader, so I just noticed that you changed your header... at some point in the last year... Anyway, I love it! Fun photo.


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