Nutella seems to have a powerful force. One blogger, after getting hooked on the cocoa-hazelnut treat in Italy, thought it deserved more prominence in the United States so she founded World Nutella Day in 2007. She tells her story here and nutelladay.com is a whole site dedicated to the chocolate spread, including videos and recipe inspiration. The first World Nutella Day was on Feb. 6, but it was changed to Feb. 5. The blogger, Sara Rosso, eventually wrote a book about it with Michelle Fabio, “The Unofficial Guide to Nutella.”
What is Nutella? It is a brand of sweetened hazelnut cocoa spread manufactured by the Italian company Ferrero. There are now hundreds of Nutella recipes and even whole cookbooks dedicated to the sweet spread. Would anyone like some Nutella-stuffed French toast? Indoor S’mores? Chocolate pizza? In 2015, Rosso transferred the World Nutella Day community to the Ferrero company.
Last month, there were riots in France after a grocery store chain offered a 70 percent discount on Nutella. According to a BBC article, customers pushed store employees out of the way to grab jars of Nutella. According to the article, the entire Nutella stock was gone in 15 minutes and one customer got a black eye. At one store, there were 200 people waiting in line at 8:15 a.m. to get their jar at the reduced price.
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Fortunately we didn’t have riots at our house after each kid received their allotted amount of Nutella, spooned onto vanilla wafers to make a little sandwich, although the younger boys did get a little wild afterward, running around the house and wrestling. (But that has happened on non-Nutella nights, so I can’t really blame Nutella.)
I also wanted to give a quick shout-out to my dad today, since it’s National Weatherperson’s Day. He’s a retired meteorologist and still loves reporting on the weather (if you’re Facebook friends with him, you’re aware of this.) I love that he knew he wanted to work in weather even when he was a young boy fascinated with the changing of the seasons growing up in Minnesota. Minnesota is probably an exciting place to be a meteorologist, with all that extreme weather. Phoenix weather patterns probably weren’t as exciting, but he was a fire-weather meteorologist so he spent much of his career working on the site of forest fires, assisting the firefighters by reporting the weather conditions, which helped them fight the fires.
I think it’s so great that he was so passionate about his career that he continues it today, many years after retirement. If you’d like to learn more about the work of a fire-weather meteorologist, here is a story about him from 2002: “Meteorologist fights fire: Using weather to contain state’s largest wildfire.”