Nutella was created in 1946 due to the short supply of cocoa in World War II. Pietro Ferrero, a pastry maker from Piedmont, Italy, made the chocolate paste from hazelnuts and a little cocoa. He moulded the mix into the shape of a loaf, which was then sliced and served onto bread. A loaf of Nutella – now that sounds good!
6. The Initial Name
Nutella’s initial name was Pasta Gianduja, as the hazelnut spread was named after the famous Italian carnival character, Gianduja, by the creator Ferrero. It was renamed Nutella in 1964, when Ferrero’s son, Michele Ferrero, came up with the first ever jar of the hazelnut cream. Nutella is a combination of the English word “nut” and the Latin suffix for sweet “ella”.
7. Nutella Tax
Back in 2012, people were outraged with French proposals to increases tax on palm oil – which is one of Nutella’s main ingredients. The palm oil proposal sparked an international row that was called “Nutella tax”.
8. Nutella Nuts
Nutella may have been introduced back way back in 1946, but it didn’t reach the United States until 1983. That’s 23 years after Michele Ferrero came up with the Nutella jar!
9. Nutella Cafes
You can actually visit a Nutella cafe. Fact! They make everything from Nutella crepes, Nutella brioche, Nutella on crusty bread and so on. Before you run off to your nearest shopping centre, there are only two Nutella cafes in the world. One Nutella cafe is in Chicago and the other is New York. 5,000 people waited for two hours at the New York opening, and who can blame them? Get The List Love a ticket to the States right now!
10. Guinness World Record
Nutella holds the Guinness World Record for the Largest Continental Breakfast. In celebration of Nutella’s 40th Anniversary in 2005, the hazelnut spread giant held a continental breakfast, with a total of 27,854 people attending the event in Gelsenkirchen to enjoy a Nutella-filled meal.
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