There were hazelnuts and then there was chocolate and then -- can you see where we are going here? Nutella. You likely have a jar in your kitchen, and I do hope it is not in the refrigerator because that is not where you should keep it. Make your own Hazelnut-Chocolate Spread and keep it in the fridge, but the store-bought variety says it should not be refrigerated. Phew, glad we got that out of the way.
So that jar of Nutella...what do you do with it? How do you prefer to eat your chocolate-hazelnut spread? In case you’re in a bit of a rut, here are some radically delicious ways to savor the chocolaty-nutty-fatty spread just in time for World Nutella Day (aka February 5th).
Best Bar None
1. Let’s start with a natural suggestion -- brownies. Swirl 1/2 cup Nutella into the top of the batter. Once cooked, you'll find some extra-gooey Nutella bits that add another dimension of deliciousness.
2. In the no-bake department, think Rice Krispies treats: For a totally different treat, swap out the peanut butter for Nutella and please report back.
Peanuts No More?
3. For those of you who are all about chocolate, substitute Nutella for the peanut butter in these decadent Chocolate and Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars -- and call them Chocolate-Hazelnut Oatmeal Bars.
Drink It Up
5. Nutella also adds a certain something to beverages. Sure, we have a fabulous Nutella Hot Chocolate, but try it in a cold drink -- use Nutella in place of the homemade chocolate syrup in this Egg Cream.
7. And that brings us to the Banana Spilt, another perfect vehicle for Nutella consumption. Forgo the hot fudge and go for warm Nutella as a sundae sauce.
Bread and Chocolate, of Course!
9. Try Nutella in a bread pudding: because chocolate, hazelnuts, and pears are just as delicious as Nutella and bananas -- or even more so. (Use about 1/2 cup Nutella and put it on top of the brioche rather than on the bottom of the baking dish.)
Really, Who Needs Caramel Sauce?
10. Gently warm some Nutella and serve it with roasted or poached fruit, like this sophisticated pear dessert.
And try chocolate and hazelnuts together -- without Nutella: