Am I the last person on the planet to buy and try the infamous, mysterious jar of Nutella? Ya..I thought so. But it was that $5.98 price tag for a micro-mini jar that kept me pushing my cart past the Hazelnut shrine and on down the aisle.
I never could quite figure out what it was all about...it seemed so foreign to me..like veggie-mite or some other weird thing like that. I was clueless that it contained chocolate..otherwise I might have given it a go earlier on.
And on a slight side note..who even knows what hazelnuts taste like or would even think..yea..lets mix that with chocolate and make it into a spread? I'm not complaining..chocolate plus just about anything is a win win..but hazelnuts? Clearly..this is why I'm not making the big bucks.
But I broke down a few months back and bought a small jar (it was on sale..barely) ...caving to my persistent daughter who thought she would die without it in her life (only because she hears her Nutella obsessed cousin talk about it like it's the long lost..IDK..insert something that is long and lost..I'm drawing a blank..like some ship filled with gold...geeeeezzz
Soooo..we bought it..tried it...and are now frequent Nutella flyers. Like..it's getting a bit ridiculous. I bought the bulk pack at Costco (the only way to go..biggest bang for your buck) and it lasted for maybe a month. Say Whaaa?
I blame my 4 girls for the disappearing act..since I sampled a a bit and was not an immediate fan. Which, I know is a shocker..given my history and love of all things sugar. It was the hint of hazelnuts. I just am not in love or even like with them. Sorry guys..nothing personal.
So back to my ub-sessed girls..they eat it on bread, in cookies, made into a fruit dip and with their bananas. Guys..there are recipes built around this jar of chocolate spread. And while it may stretch the grocery budget every now and again..I kid myself into thinking that at least they are eating some fruit and a slice of whole wheat toast more often since we are going thru the jars faster than toilet paper 'round here.
And just to give you a little more 411 on this hot commodity, here are a few more tidbits
- One jar sells every 2.5 seconds around the world
- It was invented during 1806 when Napoleon and his war tactics made chocolate a scarce resource so they tried to stretch the good stuff by adding hazelnuts
- And you can all put on your Nutella sweater to wear on February 5th since it has been dubbed World Nutella Day. I swear, I did not make this stuff up..just ask Google
So if you are a Nutella virgin, consider yourself warned. Try it and risk the addiction or avoid it like the plague and save the cash and calories ;)