OK, so I just want to get this off my chest since I’ve been tweeting about it so much lately.
I’ve been searching for something for a very long time. Something to comfort me when I’ve had a rough day, to make me smile when I’m down. Something I can’t keep my hands off of, leaving me only wanting more… And I’ve finally found it. Here goes nothin’…
Nutella, I LOVE YOU.
(Dat’s me in the photo! cantgetenough!)
No, but seriously, this stuff is my newest obsession since blueberry beer! I have to admit that I was skeptical at first. Over the last few years I have started to hear more and more people rave about Nutella and the endless ways you can eat it. I assumed that it would be too nutty or “foreign” for me. I have walked by the peanut butter aisle in my grocery store at least half a dozen times to pick up the mysterious jar, examine it’s contents, nutrition facts and price (Harris Teeter: $5+, really?!) only to put it back on the shelf and walk away. I would literally say to myself (or out loud, whatever) “Maybe next time, Nutella; maybe next time.”
So just last week I apparently worked up the courage to swoop up the jar quickly while walking by said aisle and didn’t look back. Not even a week later… that thing is almost gone! And I’m thinking this addiction might get as bad as my previous one for Trader Joe’s chicken salad. (RUN, don’t walk, to try it!)
I found myself asking people what Nutella tastes like because I was intrigued for so long and most people would just say “Chocolate.. but like for breakfast.” I never could really wrap my head around that description but it’s really not too far off. Some random guy online said it best: “For all those who haven’t tried it, Nutella tastes like a unicorn jumping over a double rainbow, and all your favorite musicians collaborate on a song just for you…” (The rest of the quote was inappropriate but you get the gist.) It’s DELICIOUS. It’s like chocolate, but thicker, creamier, smoother and doesn’t require melting. It goes wonderfully on SO many food items and I’ve tried a few delicious combos but still can’t help but wonder the heavenly possibilities that I have not tried!
My favorites so far: - Nutella on wheat bread covered with sliced bananas – Nutella drizzled (or covered) on strawberries – Nutella spread on graham crackers with strawberries on top (ooh or bananas!!) – Nutella drizzled on green apples -
Yet to be tested: - Nutella in between pretzel snaps with marshmallows – Nutella drizzled over sesame sticks – Nutella-topped pound cake with Cool Whip – Nutella in crepes with ANY breakfast fruit – Nutella baked in peanut butter cookies or brownies (WHAT!) – Nutella drizzled over hot, salty popcorn – Nutella swirled with peanut butter – Nutella mixed in with yogurt fruit dip -
I have also asked my Twitter friends for their Nutella recipe suggestions and here are their great ideas: Nutella Goodness Suggestions (Thanks to Storify)
Aaahhh, now I feel so much better that I’ve cleared the air and confessed my love for this awesome hazelnut spread. If you have yet to try Nutella, you must do it ASAP! I highly doubt that you will hate it… and as you discover your own unique ways to eat Nutella, please feel free to share the recipes in the comment section below!
I leave you with one last tasty thought: Nutella-COVERED BACON!
Sidenote: I officially have no life… blogging about Nutella…