It's World Nutella Day

World Nutella Day!! Not National Nutella Day - WORLD Nutella Day. The day the whole world sings the praises of this unique hazelnut-cocoa spread.

What is Nutella, you might ask?

As members of Nutella’s secret handshake society will tell you, it’s a blend of hazelnuts and chocolate — or rather, nuts, cocoa, sugar, skim milk, oil and a few other flavorings and emulsifiers — that’s been ground to a blissfully smooth, creamy spread. Knifed onto a slice of bread, or smeared over crepes or waffles, it’s a simple snack that (as my children and the Ferrero Co., which makes the product, like to point out) is even vaguely wholesome.
— LA Times

Actually, you may first ask "How do you pronounce Nutella?" Well, even though it is spelled "NUT ella", it is pronounced "NEW tella". You're welcome.

Nutella is a brand of chocolate-hazelnut spread. It dates back to a precursor product which began production in 1946.

Originally, Nutella® was a smart solution to a tricky problem: the shortage of cocoa supplies following World War Two.

Pietro Ferrero, a pastry maker from Piedmont in Italy, ingeniously created a sweet paste made from hazelnuts, sugar and just a little of the rare cocoa. He shaped it into a loaf that could be sliced and served on bread and he named it ‘Giandujot’ after a famous local carnival character at the time.
— Nutella.com

In 1951 the company the product into a spread and named it Supercrema. I don't know if it was the name or the recipe that did not become a hit, but we are not celebrating World Supercrema Day.

Then...in 1964...a miracle occurred.

Pietro Ferrero’s son, Michele applied his innovative genius and, by trial and error, he improved the recipe and created the first-ever jar of a new hazelnut and cocoa cream which was, however, still without a name. So he put his creative hat on again and invented the perfect solution for the world’s most famous spread: ‘Nutella®.
— Nutella.com

And there you have it. Brilliant...Inspired...And worthy of a World Celebration.

So here we are. World Nutella Day. If you are wondering how to enjoy your Nutella today here is a list of 50 ways to eat Nutella:

  1. with a spoon.
  2. between two slices of white bread.
  3. spread onto a crusty baguette.
  4. in a crepe.
  5. in a crostata.
  6. in brioche/cornetti/croissant.
  7. in a donut.
  8. on top of gelato.
  9. dip a banana into it.
  10. spread onto cookies or wafers.
  11. between two pizzelles.
  12. in an ice cream cone.
  13. on sweet ravioli.
  14. in a hamburger or hotdog bun.
  15. on a bagel.
  16. on a muffin.
  17. on top of a waffle.
  18. in a pita.
  19. on poundcake.
  20. twisted in challah.
  21. on strawberries.
  22. on sliced pear.
  23. stuffed in a cored apple.
  24. spread on celery sticks.
  25. stuffed in French toast.
  26. swirled into brownies.
  27. swirled into or topped onto cheesecake.
  28. dosed into your morning coffee.
  29. frozen into an icy granita.
  30. mixed with rice krispies.
  31. topped on a cupcake.
  32. injected into a cupcake.
  33. between layers of a cake.
  34. as frosting for a cake.
  35. as a twist on tiramisu.
  36. mixed with your favorite cream alcohol.
  37. mixed into a chocolaty martini.
  38. between layers of trifle.
  39. mixed in your favorite pudding.
  40. melted into hot chocolate.
  41. in creme brulee forms.
  42. in filled profiteroles.
  43. in tuiles.
  44. in babka.
  45. in tiny filo cups.
  46. on a sweet pizza.
  47. sandwiched between layers of pandoro or panettone.
  48. with peanut butter in a poor man’s peanut butter cup.
  49. in a N&J – Nutella & Jelly sandwich.
  50. with marshmallow fluff in a FlufferNutterNutella.
Michael Liss