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World Nutella Day 2009 & Italian-Style Hot Chocolate with Nutella

It’s that time of year again…time to celebrate the wonder that is Nutella with World Nutella Day!

World Nutella Day 2009

For those who don’t know, Nutella is more than just a “chocolaty hazelnut spread,” it is a way of life.

From childhood memories to oozing hot crepes, from breakfasts on vacation to free-spooning sessions on the couch, Nutella is prominent in the memories of many children and grown-up children in the world.

Two years ago we gave it its own holiday, and this year we’re continuing the tradition.

Sara from Ms. Adventures in Italy and Michelle from Bleeding Espresso (and Shelley from At Home in Rome, in spirit) solemnly declare Thursday, February 5th “World Nutella Day 2009″ – a day to celebrate, to get creative with, and most importantly, to EAT Nutella.

How to participate:

(Please read carefully because the rules are a bit different from previous years)

  1. Do something, anything with Nutella. Make a recipe, take a picture of yourself eating it with a BIG spoon, make art, wax poetic, re-live your first experience eating Nutella. Have a Nutella-eating contest or even a Nutella party!
  2. Take pictures and/or upload a video then blog about it ON February 5th, 2009. In your blog post, include links to Ms. Adventures in Italy, Bleeding Espresso, and World Nutella Day as well as the World Nutella Day 2009 badge/button (below). Please try to post ON FEBRUARY 5 so that we can create a true chocolaty hazelnut wave across the blogosphere on World Nutella Day!
  3. Email nutelladay [at] nutelladay [dot] com with the subject “Nutella Day Entry” and include:
  • Your Name
  • Your Blog’s Name
  • Your Blog’s URL
  • Your Post URL/Permalink
  • One 100×100 pixel photo

World Nutella Day 2009We will post the round-up of all submission on Monday, February 9, 2009, but in the meantime, please feel free to post this announcement on your blog to spread the word!

And if you want to use an organic or other type of Nutella substitute, go for it! It’s all about the chocolate and hazelnut love!

Be sure to also add your photos to the Nutella Day Flickr Pool and your videos to the YouTube Nutella Day Station. You can also join the World Nutella Day Facebook group and follow @NutellaDay on Twitter!

Check out the last two years of World Nutella Days for inspiration:

And now to kick things off, I’m going to share my latest Nutella creation, Italian-style Hot Chocolate with Nutella.

I’ve written about Cioccolata Calda over at Italy Magazine, so do have a look if you don’t know what I mean by “Italian-style hot chocolate” (and see a great instructional video on how to make your own at home).

Let’s just say Italian hot chocolate isn’t watery, more syrupy, even pudding-y if you like it that way.  Ilva of Lucullian Delights also has a great recipe for dense hot chocolate.

The recipe below is something simple that I whipped up the other day. You can add cocoa and/or espresso powder, a cinnamon stick, some vanilla, even peanut butter, but this is the basic recipe and technique. And it’s *so* good.

Italian-Style Hot Chocolate with Nutella

Italian-style hot chocolate with Nutella on Flickr– 1 cup of milk
– 3 tablespoons flour or cornstarch
– 3 tablespoons Nutella

1. In a small saucepan, whisk together flour and milk and heat through, being sure to get out any lumps.

2. Add Nutella and bring to a boil, stirring to get the consistency you like. If you want it thicker, add more flour or cornstarch; if you want it thinner, add milk and use less thickener next time.

3. Pour into your favorite mug (yes, mine is a Nutella mug!), and enjoy with a spoon. Be careful as it’s very hot!

Buon appetito!

Now don’t forget to spread the word about World Nutella Day and get your recipes ready! And check out the rest of the What’s Cooking Wednesday recipes too!

World Nutella Day 2008 – Round-up Part 2

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It’s finally here!

Twenty-four hours dedicated to honoring and enjoying the chocolaty hazelnut spread that warms our hearts and souls!

World Nutella Day 2008

As you can see from the title of the post, this is Part 2 of the round-up, so head to Sara’s Ms. Adventures in Italy for Part I. All entries will also be listed at

Also check out all the fabulous photos in the Nutella Day Flickr Pool. Haven’t added your photo yet? Go right ahead!

Sara and I have also decided that we’d each choose a “World Nutella Day Co-Host’s Pick” from each of our round-ups, and those chosen would receive two bars of Fair Trade chocolate from Modica, Sicily.

I’ll start with my pick:

Paola’s Nutty Nutella Buns with Tia Maria GlazePaola of In My Life combined one of my favorite desserts, cinnamon buns, with Nutella–and just look at those results. Indeed, these Nutty Nutella Buns with Tia Maria Glaze spoke so loudly to me I just had to award it my World Nutella Day Co-Host Pick.

Congratulations Paola!

Now before I get to more delicious Nutella creations, we had two entries that waxed poetic about Nutella:

(1) La Casalinga talks about how her midwestern American family fell in love with Nutella in In Honor of World Nutella Day; and

(2) TACE of All Kinds of Stuff wrote a tale about a “young woman lost her Nutella innocence in the parking lot of a Trader Joe’s” in Why Some People Can’t Have Nutella. You *know* you want to read that.

Now, back to the recipes:

Banana and Nutella Cake for World Nutella Day 2008Remember the Banana & Nutella cake I made last week? You can find the recipe here at Bleeding Espresso but you won’t find even a crumb of the cake anymore, which means it’s time for more Nutella recipes. Good thing we happen to have some handy.

Carrie’s Butternut Squash Ravioli with Nutella Sauce Carrie of Carrie’s Cooking Adventures whipped up Butternut Squash Ravioli with Nutella Sauce with some help from Mom. I know that feeling–moms are the best! Especially when they’re bearing Nutella ideas!

Chocolate Chip-Nutella Cookies from Beatriz and Nicolas These fabulous Chocolate Chip-Nutella Cookies come from Beatriz and her son Nicolas over at Suitcase Contents. Nicolas had previously come up with Crepes with Nutella and Banana, and I asked if he wouldn’t mind coming up with something for World Nutella Day. Boy did he deliver!

Amanda’s Almond Nutella Cookie SandwichesAmanda of Slow Like Honey created these decadent Almond Nutella Cookie Sandwiches. I love the mixing of the nutty flavors here, and Amanda wasn’t kidding when she titled her post “Nectar of the Gods.”

Marie’s Nutella Sandwich Cookies and Nutella Hot ChocolateCheck out this double dose of Nutella goodness from Marie at Marie Muses. She offers great, easy recipes for Nutella Sandwich Cookies paired with Nutella hot chocolate. Great for a cold winter day!

Daphne’s Nutella Pound CakeIn creating her recipe for Hazelnut Nutella Pound Cake, Daphne of More than Words wanted to let Nutella shine and keep the rest simple. From the looks of her photos, it certainly looks like she succeeded. Looks great!

Sarah’s Hazelnut-Espresso FrostingSarah of What Smells So Good? offers up a recipe for Nutella Fibre Bread as well as one for Hazelnut-Espresso Frosting. You know I’m all over that espresso part!

Jennifer’s Hazelnut BlondiesJennifer of Bake or Break combined brown sugar, toasted hazelnuts, and Nutella to come up with Hazelnut Blondies. Just look at that gorgeous dollop of the good stuff on top!

Robin’s Nutella French ToastRobin of My Melange contributes Nutella French Toast–a delicious combination of eggs, bread, honey, Grand Marnier, Nutella and more. Seriously sinful.

Eryn’s Nutella TrifleEryn of Cappuccino Chit-Chat made this Nutella Trifle to help cheer on her beloved New York Giants in the Super Bowl–and it worked! Do I sense a new tradition?

Annemarie’s Nutella Ravioli with Chocolate Raspberry Sauce Annemarie of Ambrosia and Nectar made Chocolate and Hazelnut Ravioli with a Chocolate Raspberry Sauce without even knowing about World Nutella Day–she must’ve smelled all the Nutella in the air!

Cherrye’s Nutella Chocolate Chunk MousseMy fellow American in Calabria Cherrye of My Bella Vita whipped up, quite literally, this Nutella Chocolate Chunk Mousse. Looks great but as I asked Cherrye, why aren’t they served in the handy dandy Nutella drinking glasses?!

Jessica’s Babka MuffinsI never thought I’d see the day when babka met Nutella but Jessica Su of Su Good Sweets has done it. And look at those results! If I had anything to do with it, Nutella Babka would be in bakeries everywhere.

Meredith’s Nutella SandwichesMeredith of Poppy Fields laments the fact that her girls won’t even give American peanut butter a try–they’re hooked on Nutella! Check out Meredith’s Nutella Sandwiches.

Erin’s Italian Nutella Toast with Pear CompoteErin of The Olive Notes came through in a big way with her Italian Nutella Toasts with Pear Compote, showing, “No oven? No problem!” And the pears make it healthy, right?

Christina’s Nutella and Banana Whole Wheat PizzaChristina of Artichoke Heart contributes this Nutella and Banana Whole Wheat Pizza, again combining some of my favorite things. Check out another version at NYC/Caribbean Ragazza‘s place where she has Banana and Nutella Dessert Pizza.

Jenn’s Nutella-Date Pudding CupcakesJenn of The Leftover Queen took some inspiration from our friend Gina DePalma’s Dolce Italiano and came up with Nutella-Date Pudding Cupcakes. Don’t go over there hungry. Consider yourself warned.

Jill’s Nutella and peanut butterJill of Simple Daily Recipes shares her family’s favorite way to enjoy Nutella in what she calls “American + Italian = Pure Love.” Yes that’s peanut butter in there folks.

Jen’s Nutella Cheesecake CupcakesJen of A2eatwrite created Nutella Cheesecake Cupcakes using just a handful of ingredients including chocolate wafers to line the bottom of the cups for a crust, and adds that ricotta can be used as a substitute for the neufchatel cream cheese in the recipe.

Angie’s Nutella with homemade breadAngie Musci of Taralucci e . . . is a self-proclaimed Nutella purist and says “panennutella, forever and ever! ” which, of course, means Nutella on bread–homemade bread if possible, and Angie promises to let us in on how to make it soon (in Italian).

Stacy’s Nutella Sandwich CookiesStacy of Texas Espresso found a 3-ingredient recipe and ran with it to make these Nutella Sandwich Cookies–pay special attention to Stacy’s flour warning! I’m loving all these sandwiches!

Ricky’s Mexican Nutella CrepeIf there were a prize for most international recipe, Ricky of Blog001 would probably win it for his Mexican Nutella Crepe. It’s Mexican! It’s Italian! It’s French! It’s delicious.

Chocolate Mochi with Nutella filling by Wandering Chopsticks Another great recipe with international flair comes from Wandering Chopsticks with Chocolate Mochi with Nutella Filling. Just look at that Nutella all happy inside the chocolate Japanese sticky rice cakes! Yum!

Thé BrunThis is a photo of one of the ingredients of the “Kind of Tiramisu style cake to make with the kids and a HUGE jar of Nutella” submitted by Laure of Food like when I was little. From the sound of this so-called “Cake With No Name” you’re going to want to try it out and get your own photo.

Nutella EspressoLinda of make life sweeter! is clearly a girl after my own heart. She shares a recipe for Nutella Espresso; like me, she doesn’t have a fancy machine, but I’m betting the stovetop version does just fine. And I will soon know firsthand.

Peter’s grilled Merenda sandwich And here is a treat from Peter of Kalofagas – Pursuit of Delicious Foods. It’s made with Nutella’s sister spread in Greece called Merenda–a grilled Merenda sandwich that can easily be made with Nutella. Thanks for playing even without Nutella Peter!

And last but certainly not least, a fabulous photo of the Nutelleria in Bologna sent to us from Neil Recommended:

Nutelleria in Bologna, Italy

Buon World Nutella Day 2008!

Thanks so much to everyone who sent in entries–you’ve made this a very special World Nutella Day for everyone. Also, a special thanks to Sara for inviting me to participate as a co-host this year in light of our amica Shelley‘s blogging hiatus. Ciao Shelley! You’re here in spirit!

P.S. If you’re in America and in a Super Tuesday state *or* registered through Democrats Abroad, VOTE!

P.P.S. And if you’re one of my paesani from the Coal Region, Happy Donut Day (Happy Shrove/Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras/Pancake Day to the rest of you)!

Whew! What a day!


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World Nutella Day is Almost Here!

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Psst . . . have you sent in your entry for World Nutella Day 2008?

world nutella day 2008!

Read the full instructions on how to participate here and be sure to send your entries to nutelladay[at] to be included in the big round-up!

We’ve already received so many fabulous ideas–please don’t start any diets in the next few days–but there’s always room for more!

For now, though, I want to share with you a photo I found on Flickr and am posting here through a Creative Commons License:

Nutella by TOF2006 on Flickr

Your job is to caption it, or, in other words . . .

Tell me what in the name of Nutella is going on here!

And don’t forget to send in those entries!

Sara and I are waiting, spoons and forks and, um, fingers in hand!

Banana & Nutella Cake for World Nutella Day 2008

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world nutella day 2008!Well you had to know that a What’s Cooking Wednesday recipe with Nutella was coming up . . . World Nutella Day 2008 is less than a week away!

Don’t forget to post your entry on your blog and send the link and photo to nutelladay [at] nutelladay [dot] com by February 4th to be included in the big round-up!

Yesterday my co-host of World Nutella Day 2008 Sara of Ms. Adventures in Italy posted her experiment with Nutella and a variety of fruits. Go see Sara’s recommendations on which fruits “go” with Nutella and which are, ahem, better off as just friends.

Sara’s post got me thinking about my own World Nutella Day contribution from last year, which was a very understated slice of banana on a Nutella-coated cracker sprinkled with nutmeg.

I wanted to bake something this year but I still love that banana and Nutella combination, so I turned to my trusty Louise’s Banana Cake recipe that I posted a while back and kicked it up a notch. With Nutella, of course.

Banana & Nutella Cake

Banana and Nutella Cake for World Nutella Day 2008

1 c mashed bananas (2 medium, overripe)

1 1/2 c sugar
1 c vegetable shortening

3 eggs

3 c flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 c sour milk (add 2 tbsp of lemon juice or vinegar to sour it)
1 1/2 tsp vanilla

1 c chopped nuts (optional)

1 small jar of Nutella (drinking glass size!)

Mash bananas and set aside.

Mix together sugar and shortening, and then add eggs and beat until pale yellow.

Mix together the dry ingredients, and then add them to the sugar/shortening mixture, alternating with sour milk and vanilla. Batter will be thick.

Add bananas and the nuts if you’re using them, and beat until blended.

With this batter, I made a loaf cake and about 20 mini-cupcakes. First I filled half the loaf pan with batter and then spooned Nutella length-wise down the middle, swirling it with a toothpick as such:

Banana and Nutella Cake in progress

Then I poured more batter on top until the pan was 3/4 full and repeated the Nutella swirling process again. FYI, this used up about half the jar of Nutella. If you like more Nutella in there, by all means, go right ahead and swirl away!

For the mini-cupcakes, I filled the cups 3/4 full and then put a dollop of Nutella on top and swirled it around così:

Banana and Nutella Cupcakes in progress

Bake at 325°F (162°C).

If baking a 13 x9 cake, it should take about 45 minutes; my loaf pan took about 45 minutes as well. The mini-cupcakes took about 20 minutes at this temperature, but always be sure to test–remove when the tops springs back from the touch and/or when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Banana and Nutella Mini-Cupcake for World Nutella Day

Buon appetito and remember to send your World Nutella Day entries to nutelladay [at] nutelladay [dot] com by February 4th to be included in the round-up!


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Michelle FabioMichelle Fabio is an American attorney-turned-freelance writer living in her family's ancestral village in Calabria, Italy and savoring simplicity one sip at a time. 

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