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I’ve seen quite a few people come to this blog by searching for “nutella virgin” for some reason, and then I thought as part of my duty as your World Nutella Day co-host, a Nutella primer is necessary for those of you who haven’t eaten it before, and just in time for World Nutella Day tomorrow! Make sure you visit the other World Nutella co-host Michelle today with her Top 10 Signs You’re Addicted to Nutella. And come back tomorrow for World Nutella Day!
Nutella is best served at room temperature, and a bit warmer if it’s a cold winter because you want it to spread easily. With the glass containers, you can take the top off and nuke it in the microwave for a few seconds if you really want to speed up the spreading process.
After a lengthy and empirical study out in the field, I’ve identified the main archetypes of what is A Nutella Lover. And they usually fall into one of these categories:
- The Spooner. This person uses a spoon, which not only is the most ergonomic utensil available, it’s also the most efficient in terms of excavating volume from the Nutella jar. This Nutella lover usually believes in a direct-to-mouth approach for the excavation.
- The Naturalist (aka using one’s Finger). Not only does this person not want anything between him and his Nutella, he truly believes eating it off the end of his finger brings him closer to Nutella-godliness. (Editor’s note: clean hand recommended.)
- The Lover Lover. Different from the Naturalist, this Nutella lover spreads Nutella onto body parts that are not his/her own.
- The Dipper / Dunker. This person avoids using pre-approved utensils to reach their Nutella for as long as possible, instead using pretzel sticks, breadsticks, and even fruit to dip, dip, dip away the Nutella through the jar opening until it becomes impossible to continue and they must change tactics.
- The Spreader. The weapon of choice is usually a knife, and the care which this person uses in spreading Nutella is tantamount to a religious experience, carefully covering all surface area and corners with creamy Nutella. Thickly or thinly spread? That’s their prerogative. Be sure not to interrupt them during the procedure as harm may befall you.
- The Stacker. This person stacks as much Nutella as possible onto the surface level available, trying to achieve as much height possible in proportion to the horizontal area of their chosen Nutella sidekick. The accompaniment is merely an afterthought and it’s Nutella which takes the main stage, though the cracker/bread/cookie is usually chosen for its strength and structural integrity at being able to bear a large load of Nutella.
- The Sandwicher (paninaiolo). Using a baguette or some simple white bread, this person prefers to lovingly surround Nutella with carbohydrates before surrendering to temptation, in the hopes the carbs will slow down further consumption of said elixir.
- The Chef (aka In Denial). This person has a high degree of self-imposed control and prefers not to eat Nutella in its natural form, but cooked or baked into other dishes. Not because they don’t like the taste of Nutella on its own, but because they like it too much and are afraid of themselves in the Spooner or Naturalist forms.
Which Nutella Lover are you?
Now are you ready to break the seal? Now that you know how to eat it, here’s what you can eat it with! Check our Nutella Day Recipes page for some more inspiration and we look forward to your contributions tomorrow for World Nutella Day!
5o Ways to Eat Nutella :
- with a spoon.
- between two slices of white bread.
- spread onto a crusty baguette.
- in a crepe.
- in a crostata.
- in brioche/cornetti/croissant.
- in a donut.
- on top of gelato.
- dip a banana into it.
- spread onto cookies or wafers.
- between two pizzelles.
- in an ice cream cone.
- on sweet ravioli.
- in a hamburger or hotdog bun.
- on a bagel.
- on a muffin.
- on top of a waffle.
- in a pita.
- on poundcake.
- twisted in challah.
- on strawberries.
- on sliced pear.
- stuffed in a cored apple.
- spread on celery sticks.
- stuffed in French toast.
- swirled into brownies.
- swirled into or topped onto cheesecake.
- dosed into your morning coffee.
- frozen into an icy granita.
- mixed with rice krispies.
- topped on a cupcake.
- injected into a cupcake.
- between layers of a cake.
- as frosting for a cake.
- as a twist on tiramisu.
- mixed with your favorite cream alcohol.
- mixed into a chocolaty martini.
- between layers of trifle.
- mixed in your favorite pudding.
- melted into hot chocolate.
- in creme brulee forms.
- in filled profiteroles.
- in tuiles.
- in babka.
- in tiny filo cups.
- on a sweet pizza.
- sandwiched between layers of pandoro or panettone.
- with peanut butter in a poor man’s peanut butter cup.
- in a N&J – Nutella & Jelly sandwich.
- with marshmallow fluff in a FlufferNutterNutella.
Did I leave any out? What about you? What kind of Nutella Lover are you?