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!

37 Beans of Wisdom to “World Nutella Day 2009 & Italian-Style Hot Chocolate with Nutella”
  1. Gil

    I always said hat this should really be a World Holiday! Enjoy your Nutella today.

    I did, Gil, and I will probably enjoy it again tomorrow 😉

  2. WND is on Twitter this year?!? Cool! 🙂

    Cherrye at My Bella Vita’s last blog post..Homemade, Hand-made Pasta alla Peppe

    WND 2009 baby!!!!

  3. joanne at frutto della passione

    I have that same mug! I won two of them at my son’s school fair last year. Wow. I need to get organized so that I don’t miss the boat this year!

    joanne at frutto della passione’s last blog post..Barilla Website of the Month January 2009

    You can do it Joanne! I picked up two of those mugs a few months ago–some promotion they were running, apparently.

  4. 01.14.2009

    When I was in Calabria for the chili festival in Diamante, all the bars where offering shots of espresso with Nutella!

    Mmmm gotta love Calabria!

  5. 01.14.2009

    Wisdom guaranteed! How can I NOT love you?

    You are very kind, Irene 🙂

  6. It’s time already how is that possible?

    nyc/caribbean ragazza’s last blog post..Rome, why must you tempt me with your sales?

    I know…pretty soon you’ll have been here for a year, right?

  7. 01.14.2009

    I have never, ever tried Nutella. I have lived in Eastern Europe for 10 years and passed by jars of it in the market but have never bought any. I have occasionally wondered, “What is that?” In honor of World Nutella Day, I will buy a jar and eat some!!!

    Michelle’s last blog post..Life Tips

    That’s the true spirit of World Nutella Day right there, Michelle 😉

  8. 01.14.2009

    Sounds like fun! I’m in!

    dana kaplan’s last blog post..Two Very Simple Things/Due cose molto simplici

    Woohoo! Can’t wait to see what you submit Dana!

  9. 01.14.2009

    Yeah!! Can’t wait. Have to get my thinking cap on for this one 🙂

    My Melange’s last blog post..Montreal: Jean-Talon Market

    Absolutely…looking forward to your creation!

  10. 01.14.2009

    I was just wondering about WND yesterday as I spread nutella on my toast!

    joe@italyville’s last blog post..Italyville Farmer’s Market: Fico d’India

    Perfect timing, Joe! Hope you’ll submit something 🙂

  11. 01.14.2009

    I give my self a treat of Nutella everynow and again..when i fancy something chocolatey 🙂

    anne’s last blog post..Food Markets…..

    It definitely satisfies a chocolate craving for me too, Anne 🙂

  12. 01.14.2009

    I was just thinking over the weekend that I need to locate myself some Nutella for just this purpose. 🙂

    City Girl’s last blog post..What’s Cooking Wednesday – Turkey Chili

    Hope you can find some, City Girl!

  13. 01.14.2009

    Now I have the perfect excuse to buy my very own first jar of Nutella at my Italian class tomorrow night! That’s pretty exciting 🙂

    Liz’s last blog post..Pound Puppies.

    Yeah! Enjoy Liz 🙂

  14. Yay, we’re starting again! I love it when newbies try Nutella for the first time for WND! FUN!

    Isn’t it great?! Spreading the Nutella love for reals 😉

  15. Connie Costa

    I can’t even begin to tell you how much I LOOOOOOVE Nutella!!! As a child growing up in Sicily, it was the BEST thing my parents could buy me. I love reading your blog although it makes me sad and want to move to Italy…now! But you do inspire me to move there. =)

    Come on over Connie 🙂

  16. Oh I remember this last year–I don’t know that I have anything to contribute but I love the other entries!

    Michelle at Scribbit’s last blog post..A Regret

    I hear you, Michelle. Sometimes it’s just as much fun to sit back and enjoy the view…especially when there are Nutella recipes involved. Yum!

  17. 01.14.2009

    Enjoy your cioccolata calda Michelle, it looks so yummy! I am going to quadruple this recipe for the four oldest sprouts today! Too bad for the babies, they have to grow up some to be able to enjoy Nutella! Our household is very excited about “World Nutella Day!”

    Amber’s last blog post..Lazy Day

    Great Amber! Enjoy 🙂

  18. 01.14.2009

    Thanks for the invite Michelle and Happy New Year……a bit late.

    I would have loved to have created some sort of artistic piece for WND but my time is limited at the moment and I will be away at that time and won’t have computer access …(oops, hit the button too soon). Yes, there are still places where I can’t post!!

    Hope this finds you well and happy in Bella italia. You are not missing much here….cold and grey…but I can get Nutella in my local grocery!!!!Yay!!!

    karen cole’s last blog post..INSPIRATION OVERLOAD??

    Karen, your presence is plenty! Be sure to come back around for the round-up of recipes on the 9th!

  19. maryann

    This is the 2nd hot chocolate I’ve seen today made with nutella. Where have I been that I don’t know about this?! LOL Great event. I will try to come up with something 🙂

    maryann’s last blog post..Panzetta Veal

    Looking forward to your submission! Too funny because I only recently starting adding Nutella to milk for a more “American” hot chocolate, then I thought, hey, I could thicken this….

  20. 01.14.2009

    Oh, I miss Nutella!! With nut allergies in the family, this is one thing I don’t get anymore…maybe in honour of World Nutella Day I’ll have to sneak a taste 🙂 This recipe looks great!

    Jill’s last blog post..What’s Cooking Wednesday #8

    Be careful Jill…but do enjoy if you do manage to sneak some 😉

  21. 01.14.2009

    My favorite was freshly baked bread w/ nutella!! OMG!!!! I can never have that here because the bread doesn’t compare to that of Italy. Hey, do you think it is easy for someone to find a job in Italy that doesn’t speak Italian (my husband)?

    It *is* fabulous with fresh bread. As for the job situation, unfortunately in Italy, it’s not very easy for Italians to find jobs right now. It seems most non-Italian speakers here teach English. If you want to email me, please feel free!

  22. 01.15.2009

    I was just thinking about Nutella Day and here it is! I am so excited its that time again. Can’t wait!

    Chris’s last blog post..Snow Pea, Scallion, and Radish Salad

    Right on cue, Chris! Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  23. maris

    I love nutella. What a fun idea. There are so many funny food holidays out there (National Croissant Day, National Peach Melba Day) – why shouldn’t there be a day for peach melba?

    maris’s last blog post..Stovetop Macaroni & Cheese (With Peas)

    You make an excellent point, Maris….

  24. 01.15.2009

    Oh my! This sounds delish!

    Deb R’s last blog post..It’s a cold, cold world!

    Enjoy Deb!

  25. 01.16.2009

    This is so weird that I’m finally finding time to get around to a bunch of blogs today and I read this post because I ate Nutella for the VERY FIRST TIME IN MY ENTIRE LIFE this morning. I kept hearing how wonderful it is so I picked some up at the grocery store last night and somewhat hesitantly spread some on a bagel this morning. OMG, why didn’t anyone tell me to try this sooner? It’s like heaven!

    Sauntering Soul’s last blog post..I think I have some sort of disease. And I think my mom finally had a date. She’s in denial.

    Congratulations on your P.N. (Post-Nutella) life 😉

  26. 01.17.2009

    wait wait


    i just had to say how happy i am
    World Nutella Day

    is on my birthday!

    oh happy day.
    i am going to eat an entire jar as my birthday celebration


    somepinkflowers’s last blog post..crobsy, clapton, cooke, cline and now a bit of clair de lune

    Whee! How wonderful! So happy to see you around SPF 🙂

  27. 01.19.2009

    Oh, my… glad I made it to the blogosphere in time to be properly prepared! This hot chocolate looks heavenly! I think I might try making a nutella torte.

    jen of a2eatwrite’s last blog post..Where Am I?

    Oh yum! Can’t wait to see it Jen 🙂

  28. 01.19.2009

    Darn it, I missed Nutella Day. I like it simple on white toast.

    Grace’s last blog post..Cocktails for Inauguration Day

    You haven’t missed it Grace…it’s February 5! Come back for more!

  29. 01.25.2009

    What a great event! Didn’t know this occured til Maryann sent me. Bummin’ now that my last post was a nutella dessert. 🙁 Perhaps next year. But I’ll be following your fun!

    Jadeane’s last blog post..Nutella joy.. Chocolate Hazelnut Quesadilla

    If you’d like, just repost it (or at least the link) on Nutella Day and send it to us–we’ll include it in the roundup!

  30. 01.27.2009

    I like that recipe. Thinking it’d go great with a hazelnut biscotti.

    Nate’s last blog post..Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24: Chinese New Year Cioppino Hot Pot

    Oh but what doesn’t?!

  31. 01.29.2009

    Hey, hey! I love Nutella as a kid.
    I will definitely participate in the World Nutella Day! 🙂

    Looking forward to your entry Fran!

  32. I’m so sad that I missed World Nutella Day and your contest…my nutella ricotta pancakes would have fit in so well! Oh well…next year 🙂

    nithya at hungrydesi’s last blog post..Aloo Paratha – Spiced Potato Filled Flatbread

    The 5th is WND so send it along!

  33. 02.05.2009

    Thanks! I sent it in 🙂

    nithya’s last blog post..For the Love of Nutella

    Got it! Thanks 🙂

  34. Davide Roma

    Noi italiani andiamo pazzi per la nutella!! che mondo sarebbe senza nutella?

    Sarebbe bruttissimo! Grazie per il commento Davide 🙂

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