Saturday, September 8, 2012

Nutella Love

I really like Nutella.  I LOVE peanut butter, but I'm allergic to peanuts.  Luckily I don't have that throat-closing scary allergy.  I just start sneezing if I eat peanuts or peanut butter (or peanut butter candy).  But sometimes Nutella can give me that little peanut-buttery, sweet and salty craving without reaching for a box of tissue or bottle of Zyrtec.

I also love glass cups.  I love to drink iced drinks out of clear glass - it's just a quirk of mine.  My hubby prefers the large colored melamine-like plastic cups for drinking, but I like to see what I'm drinking.  Watch the fizz of a soda against melting ice cubes in a "glass" glass.

So I was at a friends house and she had all these cute juice cups with Nutella logos.  One had Snoopy from Peanuts.  One had Shrek.  One had a swimmer that turns fish.  The kids were fighting over the one with Kung Fu Panda!  I saw all these little novelty cups and I asked her how she got all these cups?  She said, "You buy Nutella."  I was waiting for the punch line...I've only seen Nutella in the classic jar.

(and also the really giant life-time supply jar).  But none came.  She said that they sell them in the stores.  Believe me, I was at the local DECO the next day looking for these cups.  And I found them!  The Olympic collection!  They have cute cartoons with phrases in Italian that read "Swim like a fish" "Spin like a top".  Very cute.  So I bought 2, the gymnast for Emily and the soccer player for Ivan...

I went back to the store and bought the remaining 3 in the collection...

Then I went back to the store and bought another set...just so each kid could have a set someday...

Then I went back to the store *just* in case one breaks...I bought a third set...

Then today, Ivan threw a ball in the house and broke one!  :(  ...So I'll be heading to the store shortly to see if they still have the soccer player!  (I mean, I may as well have 3 complete sets if I can)

Now, I have A LOT of Nutella!  I eat a lot of on bananas, on large salty pretzel sticks, on wheat bread and sometimes just on a spoon.  But I definitely need some new recipes!

I experimented with Emily by making the chocolate-peanut butter-chip cookies by substituting half of the butter for Nutella.  The result was a puffier, crispier chocolate cookie still soft in the middle.  I brought them to a church meeting with an Italian church and they LOVED them!  So that was good, but I'd love some new recipes.  Pinterest has some great ideas, but I'd love to hear yours.  Even if you don't have a recipe, give me some ideas!  Please leave them in a comment to this blogpost and I'll post some of my experiments in Nutella!


  1. I can think of no finer a calling than creating a nutella masterpiece. Can't wait to see what gets posted.

    Plus World Nutella Day is Feb 5, 2013.

    May you continue to live a charmed Italian Life!

  2. Those cookies were awesome! I can't wait to see what else you come up with too. :)