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World Nutella Day Is February 5th
Nutella is a cocoa and hazelnut flavored spread that has taken the world by storm, at least my world! This yummy spread even has its own holiday, it's February 5th and you will find lots of fun ways to celebrate this day. Get some party ideas, learn some trivia, play some games, and you will even find a recipe so you can make your own Nutella.
You will want to mark this day on your calendar every year to celebrate the yummy mix of hazelnut and cocoa goodness we have come to know and love.
The History Of World Nutella Day
Sara Rosso, an American blogger, started world Nutella day. (Thank You Sara!)
Sara lived in Italy in the 2000s and would enjoy Nutella and the many delicacies made from it. When Sara went back to the United States, she carried with her jars of Nutella as they were not popular in the United States and were therefore not sold as much.
Sara sent an email to her friend, who was also a fellow blogger, Shelley Ruelle, requesting her to join in holding a new holiday, World Nutella Day. Shellie agreed to the request.
The pair hosted the first World Nutella Day on February 6th, 2007. The date was changed to February 5th the following year and has been celebrated on that day ever since.
The History Of Nutella
Nutella came into being when a small-town pastry maker's son, Michele Ferrero, followed in his father's footsteps. He took the business a step further when he added vegetable oil to gianduja paste, which is made of chocolate and hazelnuts. He started the Ferrero Group. The products of this company include Kinder, Ferrero Rocher and Tic-Tac
In the 1950s, Nutella was referred to as 'austerity recipe' because rationing and the Second World War left a short chocolate supply in Italy.
Hazelnuts were cheaper during that period, so they were added to the spread making it more affordable. This idea, however, wasn't given birth to by Ferrero.
Crema gianduja or hazel chocolate cream was conceived in 1806 when cocoa beans were expensive during the Napoleon wars in South America. Ferrero's recipe with the addition of the oil became popular during this period.
How To Celebrate World Nutella Day
World Nutella Day can be celebrated by:
- Eating Nutella
- Making Nutella Recipes
- Sharing Nutella Recipes
- Hosting A Nutella Creations Party - Make up new recipes with your family and friends
- If you never had it, this is the perfect day to try Nutella for the first time! You will always remember when your anniversary is
- Write A Nutella Poem
Reasons Why Nutella Is Loved Worldwide
These are some reasons as to why Nutella is such a hit worldwide:
- Nutella is versatile.
- You can put Nutella anything on anything, including sandwiches, ice cream, cakes, brownies, and fruits.
- Nutella is magical
- Eating Nutella will transfer you to another realm because of its goodness. Nutella is the perfect combination of hazelnut and cocoa.
- Nutella Came about As An Accident
- Ferrero was trying to bring forward a substitute for cocoa, which had significantly risen in price and was in short supply. The result was Ferrero creating a popular spread that was loved by many.
How To Eat Nutella
You can enjoy Nutella by:
• Eating it straight from the jar.
• Eat it like you would eat ice cream.
• Spreading the Nutella on your toast.
• Eating a Nutella and banana sandwich.
• Enjoy your Nutella with some fruits.
Celebrate World Nutella Day by using a lot of Nutella, whether directly from the jar or from your favorite recipes. You can use the Nutella in sandwiches, make cakes, and spread it on toast.
Fun Facts About Nutella.
1.What happens just about every 2.5 seconds? A jar of Nutella is sold.
2. Michele Ferrero started Nutella from humble beginnings.
3. Nutella uses a lot of the hazelnut supply in the world.
4. Nutella has been in existence for 50 years and is sold in 160 countries.
5. 8 is the number of times that Nutella, if spread out, would cover the Great Wall of China with the amount that is sold yearly.
6. Nutella is the second most popular food brand on Facebook after Oreos.
7. The secret ingredient for Nutella was vegetable oil. This makes the spread creamier, and that in turn makes it easier to spread.
8. World Nutella Day has been celebrated on February 5th yearly since 2007.
9. Nutella came into existence as a result of cocoa supplies reducing after the Second World War.
10. France is the largest consumer of Nutella, with every person consuming 2.2 ponds of Nutella yearly.
11. Nutella was initially a way to make chocolate more affordable.
12. The first nutella jar left the Ferrero factory in April 1964. Nutella became instantly popular and has remained loved by many.
13. The Ferrero Group manufactures Kinder, Tic Tacs, and Ferrero Rocher Chocolates.
14. A French couple was banned by the government, in 2014, for naming the child Nutella.
15. Nutella is promoted as 'hazelnut cream' in many countries.
16. Nutella made Michele Ferrero the richest man in Italy with a net worth of $11 billion.
17. The quantity of Nutella produced year is as heavy as the Empire State Building.
18. Nutella was originally sold as a block as it was meant to be sliced and spread on bread.
19. Every jar of Nutella has around fifty-two hazelnuts.
20. Nutella is not a healthy breakfast option, since one of its main ingredients is sugar, but only if you eat too much of it. So, like everything else, eat in moderation.
How To Make Your Own Nutella
You only need a few ingredients to make Nutella at home. It takes around 30 minutes to make, you'd think it would be a more difficult process, but it's not!
• Two cups of raw hazelnuts.
• Two-thirds cup of coconut sugar.
• One tablespoon of vanilla extract.
• Two tablespoons of hazelnut oil or coconut oil
• A third cup of raw cacao powder
• A pinch of salt.
• Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
• Place and spread out the hazelnuts on a sheet pan.
• Roast the hazelnuts for around 12 minutes or till you see the skins darkening and cracking.
• Leave the hazelnuts to cool before transferring them on a kitchen towel.
• Rub them until the skins come off.
• Put the hazelnuts in a food processor or blender, then blend till you have creamy hazelnut butter.
• Add the oil to the butter and blend for an additional minute.
• Add vanilla, cacao, and sugar to the mixture and blend till everything is well blended.
• Store the Nutella in a storage container.
• Enjoy it.
Tips And Suggestions For Making Nutella.
Some tips and suggestions for making Nutella include:
1. Grind the coconut sugar in a grinder to powder it before combining it with the mixture.
2. Alter the sweetness to your liking. If you don't like too much sugar, reduce the amount you add to the mixture.
3. Always toast the hazelnuts. Toasting the nuts helps them let out the oils that turn the mixture creamy.
Frequently Asked Questions About Nutella
- Is Nutella Vegan? The answer to that is no. Nutella is made with skim milk and therefore is not vegan.
- Is Nutella Healthy? Fats and sugars are in Nutella and they aren't particularly healthy for you, so don't try to live on hazelnut spread alone. Like most things, moderation in use is a good rule to follow. Hazelnuts are healthy and enjoying life and the foods you eat is also good for you. Just don't overdo it.
- What are Nutella's Ingredients? Nutella is made with sugar, palm oil, hazelnuts, milk, cocoa, lecithin, and vanillin. I got that information directly from the Nutella website at nutella.com.
- How many calories are in Nutella? Two-tablespoons is considered a serving of Nutella and is 200 calories.