WORLD NUTELLA DAY
World Nutella Day celebrates what happens when hazelnuts and chocolate collide. For example, millions of people celebrating on February 5th each year!
It is often said that necessity is the mother of invention. Adding hazelnuts when cocoa is hard to come by may have been an Italian trick during hard times. In the 1800s, in the northern Italian city of Piedmont, they made a paste of chocolate and hazelnuts at a time when the nuts were abundant, but the cocoa was not.
At the end of World War II, cocoa was once again difficult to come by. Pastry Maker, Pietro Ferrero, made loaves of this sweet paste and called it Giandujot. Soon after, the Ferrero Company was founded on May 14, 1946.
It wasn’t until 1951 that Ferrero made the paste into a spreadable form. We wouldn’t even recognize the spread by name until 1964 when Ferrero’s son Michele gave the jar of creamy hazelnut and cocoa the name Nutella.
HOW TO OBSERVE WORLD NUTELLA DAY
Enjoy your favorite hazelnut spread. It’s that simple! Of course, we always suggest celebrating with a friend or family member. Celebrations are best when shared. Create a new recipe or try the one you’ve itching to try. Don’t have any? Well, we’ve found a few. And share your favorites while you’re testing and tasting, too!
Use #WorldNutellaDay to share on social media.
WORLD NUTELLA DAY HISTORY
Sara Rosso founded World Nutella Day in 2007 in celebration of and a way to introduce her favorite spread to her friends. She first discovered Nutella while living in Italy as a food blogger. Read more about her discovery and creation of World Nutella Day at whenihavetime.com.
Q. Where do hazelnuts grow?
A. Hazelnuts are native to the eastern half of North America. Varieties of hazelnuts also grow in Europe and Asia.
Q. What country produces the most hazelnuts each year?
A. Turkey produces about 73 percent of the world’s hazelnuts.
Q. What U.S. state produces the most hazelnuts?
A. Oregon is the leading producer of hazelnuts in the United States.