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Should You Keep Nutella in the Fridge or At Room Temperature?

Nutella is one of the most famous spreads in the world. Its delicious taste of chocolate and hazelnuts has conquered entire generations of people. This product and the company behind it, Ferrero, are one of the most known excellence here in Italy. The same Ferrero is also famous for the Kinder brand, Ferrero Rocher pralines and many other iconic products that are well known by chocolate lovers of every part of the world. There are various reasons why Nutella in particular is so popular:

  • many people love its taste;
  • the spread can be used for several recipes. Putting it on a slice of bread or eating it with a spoon are surely the most common ways to enjoy Nutella, still it can be employed also in the preparation of croissants, cakes and several kinds of pastries;
  • the brand is well known by everyone: Ferrero has invested a lot of money in order to grow it. Generations of people have seen the iconic jars advertised in TV, making Nutella a product that manages to target every generation, from adults to kids.
Some small cakes made with Nutella and exposed at a cafe in Italy.

Some small cakes made with Nutella and exposed at a cafe in Italy.

Where Should You Keep Nutella?

Despite the popularity of Nutella, some people may have doubts about the way of storing jars after having purchased them. Many ask themselves if they should keep Nutella in the fridge or at room temperature. This article is going to clear some doubts regarding the way you should keep your jars once you have bought them.


Look at how do supermarkets store Nutella jars

The most obvious way to know if you should keep Nutella in the fridge or at room temperature is to notice where do supermarkets keep the product: they always put it on specific shelves and you will almost never find it in the fridges. By knowing this, you can be pretty sure you should keep Nutella at room temperature even at home.


Can I still keep Nutella in the fridge?

There’s nothing that may prevent you from keeping Nutella in the fridge if there is a reason why you want to do it. Still, it may not be recommendable as the spread tends to become more solid at cold temperatures. If you try to use Nutella after it has stayed in the fridge you will notice it may be very difficult to spread it on the bread, as it is very compact. If you try to eat it with a spoon, it may feel like eating a chocolate.


Some croissants filled with Nutella. This a popular use of the spread and especially in Italy in can find these croissants in many cafes.

Some croissants filled with Nutella. This a popular use of the spread and especially in Italy in can find these croissants in many cafes.

Why do several people have the doubt whether to keep Nutella in the fridge or not?

The most common reason why do some people ask if they can keep Nutella in the fridge or not is because when they see jars stored at room temperature at the supermarket, they are still closed and sealed, so they may think the situation may change after having opened the jar. At the fact Nutella is not a highly perishable product and so you can store it at room temperature even after having opened the jar. After having opened it, you can eat it safely until the expiration date. Of course, in order to ensure you enjoy the best tasting experience, it is still recommended not to keep Nutella at direct contact with sources of light or hot surfaces.

Conclusions

You can safely store Nutella at room temperature, even after having opened the jar: it is actually the best way to keep great the tasting experience with this delicious spread. Another recommendation is to put the jar away from direct sources of lighting: the best place where you can keep Nutella is within your kitchen cabinet. Can you still keep Nutella in the fridge? Yes if you prefer a more compact spread: especially if you are used to eat it with a spoon, having it more solid makes the experience similar to eating a chocolate. The most important thing to understand is that you can do it for a personal choice, otherwise there’s definitely no problem in keeping the jar at room temperature.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Alessio Ganci

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