Did Sara Rosso and Michelle Fabio realize when they began World Nutella Day in 2007 that it would still be celebrated around the world eight years later (this year it’s being celebrated on February 5)? The American writers living in Italy began the holiday to encourage Nutella enthusiasts worldwide to enjoy and get creative with one of Italy’s national, edible treasures: Nutella.
The chocolate-hazelnut spread is popular on its own but according to Rosso, prior to World Nutella Day, few considered using Nutella as an ingredient in recipes. “Through our extensive recipe list on NutellaDay.com, we’ve inspired people to experiment with Nutella and it’s become a tradition for many families to cook with it as well as just dip their spoons in the jar.” (Phew, I thought I was the only one who just ate the spread straight up from the jar!)
More than 700 recipes using Nutella are on the site, including Nutella Ganache Brownies and Peanut Butter Cream by Cake Duchess, Chocolate Graham Cracker Nutella S’mores by Baking and Boys and this Drunken Devil’s Food Espresso Cupcakes by Rosso, available on her site, Ms. Adventures in Italy.
In case you want more goodness at your fingertips, the duo released an e-book available via Amazon a couple of years ago: The Unofficial Guide to Nutella. There are plenty of great recipes available online on sites like Pinterest but the e-book also gives a nice little history about the spread if you want to dig a little deeper on what makes this hazelnut goodness loved by so many around the world.
Now I just need to find someone to make that Drunken Devil’s Food Espresso Cupcake for me!
Megy Karydes is founder of Wandering Tastes, a lifestyle and travel site that is meant to inspire adventure and exploration through traveling and food. She’s also a regular contributor to 10best.com, part of the USA Today Travel family, TravelingMom.com as Foodie TravelingMom and writes for several other print magazines and online media outlets.