Obscure Holidays: World Nutella Day

by Anna Sandy  ·  February 05, 2015

browniesIf there is any holiday I can get behind, it’s this delicious, creamy, tastebud-pleasing one. I will unashamedly admit that I am a Nutella addict, and I fully intend to take total advantage of this holiday by putting Nutella on absolutely everything. Really, there isn’t much that can’t be made better with the addition of a little Nutella: Nutella brownies, Nutella crepes, Nutella cookies, Nutella pancakes, Nutella shakes, Nutella ice cream, Nutella on toast, Nutella on fruit, Nutella on crackers. . . . The possibilities are endless.

World Nutella Day was founded in 2007 by some avid Nutella fans who wanted to show their love for the chocolate-hazelnut spread. Although there are several “knock-off” versions of Nutella, thousands of supporters continue to fork over the extra dollars for the real stuff. There’s just nothing else quite like it. Chocaholic consumers know that there is something about a fresh, new jar of Nutella that just begs for someone to forego the formalities, grab a spoon, and dig in.

The love for Nutella doesn’t stop at the mouth though. In 2014, Italy (the home of Ferrero) released a Nutella stamp. The treat is also featured on T-shirts, coffee mugs, tote bags, etc. on various websites (though perhaps not legally, as far as trademarks are concerned). However, as much as I would like to proclaim my love for Nutella in clothing form, nothing beats proclaiming it with a spoon.

I could wax poetic about the ways in which I love Nutella for paragraphs, but that would get boring. Instead, I’ll leave you with my favorite Nutella recipe and a poem:

Nutella Brownies

1 cup of Nutella

10 tbsp. of flour

2 eggs

Mix together. Bake at 350 (F) for about 25-30 minutes.

Seriously. That’s it.

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Muse & Drudge [just as I am I come]

just as I am I come
knee bent and body bowed
this here’s sorrow’s home
my body’s southern song

cram all you can
into jelly jam
preserve a feeling
keep it sweet

so beautiful it was
presumptuous to alter
the shape of my pleasure
in doing or making

proceed with abandon
finding yourself where you are
and who you’re playing for
what stray companion

—Harryette Mullen

Harryette Mullen’s recent book is Urban Tumbleweed: Notes from a Tanka Diary