Nutella: 10 Little-Known Facts About the World’s Most Addictive Treat

Nutella is more than a food item – it’s a global craze. The chocolate hazelnut spread has taken the world by storm over the past several years and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. However, despite the fact that Nutella has spent a considerable amount of time in the spotlight and under the scrutiny of the public eye, there are still some things that many people don’t know. With that in mind, here we present our list of things you probably didn’t know about Nutella. Well, what are you waiting for? Check it out for yourself below!

Number Ten: You Can Thank Hitler for Your Nutella Addiction

The prices of chocolate skyrocketed during World War II because of rationing in Europe. One infamous pastry artist – Pietro Ferrero – decided to add hazelnut to chocolate, dubbing it “Pasta Gianduja” in 1946. It was renamed “Nutella” in 1964.

Number Nine: It Was Part of the Largest Continental Breakfast

On the 40th anniversary of the spread’s inception, the company held a breakfast to celebrate in Germany. This breakfast, which involved a gathering of 27,854 people eating little more than Nutella, earned the title of the “Largest Continental Breakfast” in the book of Guinness World Records.

Number Eight: One Jar Is Sold Every 2.5 Seconds

You knew Nutella was insanely popular, but most people don’t realize just how popular it is. One jar of the addictive stuff sells every 2.5 seconds. Considering a new baby is born every eight seconds, that’s a lot of chocolatey hazelnut deliciousness.

Number Seven: It’s Inspired a Few Crimes

In 2013, some thieves got away with 5.5 metric tons of Nutella inside a parked truck. And that’s not the only crime the delicious spread has inspired. Columbia University came under fire in 2013 as well for spending a whopping $6,000 every week to supply one of its dining facilities with Nutella.

Number Six: The Story Behind The Smearing

At one point, the treat had become so popular in Italy that any Italian child who showed up to a market with a piece of bread would get a free “smear” of Nutella on it. This phenomenon was dubbed “The Smearing.”

Number Five: It Wasn’t Always Spreadable

In fact, when it was first being advertised it was sold in a solid block. The block could then be individually sliced and served on pretty much anything (usually bread).

Number Four: You Can’t Name Your Kid After It

It’s true! One couple attempted to name their child “Nutella” but were shut down by the French government. The government said it was “against the child’s interests” to have a name like that.

Number Three: ‘Nugtella’

It’s exactly what you think it is, and it’s available in dispensaries in California. The treat features Nutella infused with marijuana.

Number Two: It Uses Up a Quarter of the World’s Supply of Hazelnuts

A whopping 25 percent of all the hazelnuts in the world go toward Nutella. The rest are used for…less important purposes.

Number One: You Might Be Mispronouncing It

Many people pronounce it “nuh-tell-uh,” but the proper way to pronounce it is actually “new-tell-uh.” Thanks for reading!