BY CONNOR MURPHY —
According to nationalcalendarday.com., Monday is World Nutella Day, a day for indulging in your chocolate cravings, specifically the kind you can spread on a delicious treat or eat on your own.
You may be wondering, how did Nutella come to be? Beginning in 1946, a pastry maker by the name of Pietro Ferrero of Italy created a sweet tasting paste made from sugar, cocoa and of course, hazelnuts, according to Nutella.com. Over the years, the rudimentary version of Nutella slowly evolved and moved all over the world into what it is today.
“I didn’t even know there was a national day for Nutella, Ha ha,” said Robert Weld, 22. “I’m not the biggest fan of Nutella, but I guess it’s something to celebrate.”
Although some may not know of World Nutella Day’s existence, others will use it as a way to brighten up their Mondays.
“National Nutella Day? Not sure if I’ll be doing anything for that but I guess it’s a way to make Mondays more bearable,” said Dawn Kruithof, 26.
More and more recently, everyday seems to be a national day. Whether it be for commercial purposes or not, it still gives the people something to celebrate – and that brings us to another question. How would people go about celebrating a day revolving around Nutella?
There are a few recipes curtesy of the internet that you can tryout, such as: Nutella Mocha Latte, Nutella Banana Bread or Nutella Bread Pudding.
Nutella Mocha Latte (Curtesy of Delish.com)
Ingredients: 1 tbsp. Nutella, 2 shots espresso, 4 oz. milk and cocoa powder to sprinkle on top.
1. Spoon the Nutella into the bottom of your mug and pour the hot espresso shots in, then stir.
2. Microwave your milk on medium power until it’s steaming, and then pour it into a sealed container so you can shake it until the milk is foamy/
3. Finally, slowly pour in the hot milk and spoon the foam on top. Sprinkle some cocoa powder into the foam and voila.
Nutella Banana Bread (Curtesy of chef-in-training.com)
Ingredients: 2 cups flour, ¾ tspn. Baking soda, ½ tspn. Salt, ¼ cup butter, 2 large eggs, ¼ cup mashed ripe bananas, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1/3 cup milk and ¼ cup Nutella.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Farenheit. Spray a 9×5-inch loaf pan with any type of nonstick spray and in a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and salt.
- In a separate bowl, mix cream, sugar and butter together. Add eggs, mashed bananas, milk, vanilla and flour – and be sure not to overmix. Then, warm up your Nutella in the microwave for 15 seconds and add 1 cup of banana bread to it and stir.
3. Spoon the Nutella batter with plain banana bread batter into the prepared loaf pan. Swirl batters together. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, allow 15 minute for the bread to cool, and then bon appetite.
Apparently, World Nutella Day has been around since 2007, created by Sara Russo, a food blogger, living in Italy at the time.
If you enjoy Nutella, enjoy! If not, then it’s just another normal Monday in February.