Wow, I feel like I gained weight just looking at all of these!  (I wondered why my stats spiked yesterday, ha!)
World Nutella Day Roundup

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Can you tell I’ve been waiting for this day to roll around?

No, it’s not my birthday.  It’s World Nutella Day!  

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Yippee!

I was going to post Nutella memories, because there are oh-s0-many.  But I decided it would be more fun to offer 5 different ways I’ve eaten Nutella in the past week to eat Nutella.

  1.  Nutella Cookies.  I made these last week to see if I liked them.  I used Giada’s recipe from her show on the Food Network, and frankly, I wasn’t too impressed.  I didn’t put a kiss on top of them or roll them in sugar, although I did end up rolling them in powdered sugar so they resembled Chocolate Crinkles. img_72801  I had read in the comments that they were hard, and I think that’s why I didn’t like them much– I like my cookies soft and chewy.  I had also read in the comments that the hazelnut flavor wasn’t prominent, so I added a heaping tablespoon of Fra Angelico liquor.  That didn’t even help much.  Next time, I’ll save myself the trouble and just eat the 1/2 cup of Nutella by itself.  
    img_7289 (I did have a leftover cookie today, and made it better by slapping a big glop of Nutella on top of it.)
  2. Nutella crepes (or English pancakes, whichever you prefer).  When I returned home from Rome, I felt like I had left a friend behind.  Two friends, that is– gelato and nutella crepes.  Luckily, my friend Alice told me it wasn’t hard to make crepes at home.  Unluckily for my waistline, I found this to be true.  img_7296  To celebrate World Nutella Day, I made Sister and I breakfast: crepes with nutella and strawberries (washed down with a cappuccino).
  3. Not to make this into a Rome-reminiscing post, but one of my other favorite ways to eat Nutella (that I still haven’t figured out how to replicate) is on Lebanese bread.  Their bread is similar to pita bread, but not as thick and bready.  There were always bags of it on the table at meals, and it was the perfect treat to slather some Nutella on a piece, slice up some banana on top, and roll it up.  Mmm, mm. 
  4. Fruit and Nutella.   The first time I lived in Rome, we decided that not all fruit should be eaten with nutella… pears, for example, got the thumbs-down.  But strawberries?  And bananas!?  Mmm, mm.  (My first nutella-banana crepe: on the steps over looking the Eiffel Tower.  I’m telling you, every European trip should bring Nutella along as a faithful companion.) img_7285
  5. It does just fine by itself.  Who really needs anything to accompany Nutella?  Does it really need an edible vehicle with which to get to your mouth?  Why not just go for it straight?  This is especially good when the Nutella has been somewhere cold, so it’s a little thicker — the consistency of fudge that’s falling in love.  (You know, just about to lose it’s firm, practical consistency, but not head-over-heels melted.) 

My mother’s additions:

  1. On saltine crackers.  At first I thought she was nuts… but she’s on to something.  It has the effect of giving you something with which to eat the Nutella, so you don’t look insane just eating it by itself on a spoon.  It also gives you a nice salty-kick– you can’t beat that sweet-salty combo.  Pretzels can do the same thing, but saltines are so thin and unassuming, they don’t try to take over — they let the Nutella do its thing.  Added benefit?  You’re not wasting fat and calories on the vehicle that’s only purpose is to get that Nutella into your mouth.
  2. with marshmallows.  I haven’t tried this, so we’ll have to take my mom’s word for it.  I believe she dipped the marshmallow in nutella and then microwaved it for six seconds?  Sounds good to me!

Happy Nutella Day, everyone.  By the end of the day, your jar should look like this:

 
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I’d say that’s a sign of a productive day.

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(A special thanks to Ms.Adventures in Italy and Bleeding Espresso for this wonderful day!)

February 5th is World Nutella Day.  If you have a blog and want to participate, go here for instructions.  Even if you don’t have a blog, you can still join in the fun… just go eat Nutella!

I’ll have a full post on February 5th, but I wanted to get the word out so people could join in the fun!

Nutella crepeget ready, world! Nutella Day is coming!

And I need a crepe…