The animosity about the Euro might just be mitigated if European community leaders broke bread together — and topped the bread with chocolate-hazelnut spread.
In America — and indeed, across Europe and elsewhere in the world — the best-known version is Nutella. The Ferrero company traces Nutella’s origins to Pietro Ferrero, who formulated a loaf form of what was then called pasta gianduja to extend war-rationed chocolate during World War II.
Yes, this is the same Ferrero company that now makes Ferrero Rocher candies — and also, oddly enough, Tic Tacs. The original loaves evolved into a jarred cream, which was branded as Nutella in 1964 and first sold in America in 1983.
But other chocolate-hazelnut spreads are manufactured in countries across Europe and at least one in the U.S.
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The classic way to enjoy Nutella is slathered on bread (or crepes), often topped with banana slices. For variation, we’ve provided recipes for Nutella Tartine (an open-face Nutella-and-marmalade sandwich), Nutella Ice Cream and (why not?) Sweet and Spicy Nutella-Coated Bacon.
And mark your calendar: Feb. 5 is World Nutella Day. (Really.) The website NutellaDay.com already has more than 500 recipes from its readers. Perhaps you’ll create and submit a masterpiece of your own before then.