Friday, February 5, 2010

Eat In. World Nutella Day.

Nutella is one of my favorite spreads, especially the Italian version. The chocolate-hazelnut treat is available at Italian markets (such as Santa Monica's Bay Cities) and comes in a glass jar rather than the plastic ones sold in regular markets here. The recipe for Nutella varies from country to country, and I find Italy's to be tastier than the U.S./Canada/Mexico version. Most of the world's Nutella is made with vegetable oil, but the 'Made in Canada' recipe is made with modified palm oil. I picked up a jar (made in Canada) on Wednesday night in Cost Plus World Market at the Farmers Market at the Grove, and had it on whole wheat toast yesterday. It was really delicious. Believe it or not, this was all before I even knew that today, February 5, is the fourth annual World Nutella Day!

Depending how much time you have today to celebrate and enjoy a little Nutella, you may just want to spread some on basic toast like myself ... or make a decadent Nutella-based breakfast, like Katie Lee's Nutella French Toast Sandwiches. Or, if you're alone (or shameless), scoop it up with a tablespoon to eat it plain!

For dessert, Nutella on Nilla Wafers, or Nutella Nilla Wafer mini sandwiches are an easy little after-dinner indulgence.

Buon Appetito!

-- Leslie Anne Wiggins

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