Here is a bit of history behind the greatest food ever invented:
Nutella is a chocolate-hazelnut based spread invented by the Italian company Ferrero (the makers of the also-famous Rocher chocolates) in the 1940s (HA! We DID come up with it! For many years, people attempted to claim that this treat was from Switzerland! Well, take that, Swiss, with all of your banks and neutrality and your delicious fish of the Swedish kind! Forza Italia!) Gianduja is a type of chocolate containing about 50% almond and hazelnut paste that was developed in Piedmont after excessive taxes on cocoa beans hindered the diffusion of conventional chocolate. Pietro Ferrero, founder of Ferrero, decided to sell this in block form and called it Supercrema. His son later decided to turn Supercrema into a spread, calling it Nutella.
And for this, I am forever grateful.
In honor of this day, I am going to post links to some of my favorite Nutella recipes. Please do try them. And please don't count calories. You seriously don't even want to know how many calories is in this stuff.
But they don't count today because it's a holiday.
Nutella Cheesecake Bars - These rich, creamy bites of Nutella and cheesecake goodness are not to be ignored.
Self Frosted Nutella Cupcakes- you may have seen these on the Baking Bites website. Well, I made these for my Superbowl party, and they disappeared in about 5 minutes. Cupcakes and Nutella, combined for my eating pleasure? Yes, please.
Oven Crespella with Nutella Sauce - I love this recipe. It is so easy to throw together (almost like making a sweet pancake batter, and it really puffs up in the oven) and my boyfriend always requests it. It comes together in about 10 minutes (not including baking time). The Nutella sauce is also great over ice cream. But I always omit the berries. I don't like berries messing with my chocolate.
Chocolate Pizzelle Nutella Cookies - I love Nutella. I love Nutella on Ice Cream. I love Pizzelle with Nutella and Ice Cream. And if I can't get pizzelle, I love Nutella with Ice Cream on a Belgian Waffle. I love this recipe. That is all. (The picture alone will make you drool).
Chocolate Pizza - Giada has found a way straight to my heart. She has somehow combined pizza, Nutella, and every kind of chocolate imaginable and made a meal out of it. This recipe is a college student's dream (is it bad that it is my dream, as well, if I graduated from college almost 6 years ago?)
Marshmallow Fluff and Nutella French Toast Sandwich - And that's all I have to say about that.
Click here for an arsenal of Nutella recipes. Not for the faint of heart.