February 5th is the fourth annual World Nutella Day! If you go to the World Nutella Day website there are recipes, stories and more information than you could ever use on the delectable chocolate hazelnut spread. I’ve never liked peanut butter and my family thinks that I’m an alien from another planet because of that fact (well, maybe for a few other reasons as well). But Nutella, that’s an entirely different story. When my nephew came home from spending a semester studying in Vienna, he was addicted to Nutella, carrying a spoon and a jar of the stuff everywhere he went. With that kind of devotion I just had to try it to and loved it. Nutella was created in the 1940’s by an Italian named Pietro Ferro in response to the shortage of chocolate due to WWII. There were plenty of hazelnuts, so they were used to extend the chocolate and the yummy spread was originally called “pasta gianduja”. It’s great on toast and bagels, but I have to admit that I like to eat it right out of the jar.
So here’s to World Nutella Day! Enjoy!
Also, if you want to try making your own homemade Nutella, here’s a fabulous recipe!