Everyone loves chocolate. It is not only a treat for your taste buds but has also got multiple health benefits. It gives you energy and releases the same happy hormone that is released when one is in love. So eating chocolate basically gives you the same feeling you get when you are in love. It also boosts mood and reduces stress. It has also been known to lower cholesterol levels. When the chocolate is Nutella, it is absolutely impossible to resist it. From kids to adults, Nutella is everyone’s favorite. Here are few fun facts about Nutella that you probably didn’t know before:
- Nutella uses 25% of world’s hazelnut supply. This is crazy indeed!
- One jar of Nutella is sold every 2.5 seconds somewhere in the world. To have an idea how small time duration it is, consider the fact that one baby is born every 8 seconds.
- Although Nutella has recently got extreme popularity but it was first manufactured back in 1964.
- So much Nutella is produced worldwide that it is possible to encircle the world 1.8 times with Nutella produced in a single year.
- Nutella’s formula and composition may or may not vary from country to country.
- World Nutella Day is celebrated on February 5.
- Nutella was actually invented during World War two when an Italian Pastry maker mixed hazelnuts into chocolates to increase his chocolate supply.
- The Great Wall of China can be covered with Nutella 8 times with the amount of Nutella produced every year.
- Nutella related crimes are on the rise. In 2013 in Germany, thieves stole 5.5 metric tons of Nutella from a parked truck.
- At one time, Nutella became so popular in Italy that Italian markets started to offer free smears of Nutella to kids who showed up with pieces of bread. This phenomenon was named as “The Smearing”. It turned out to be very successful marketing strategy.
- According to the Guinness World Records, Nutella’s 40th Anniversary breakfast celebration in Germany in 2005 earned the title of “Largest Continental Breakfast.” A total of 27,854 people gathered in Gelsenkirchen to enjoy a meal that consisted of little more than Nutella itself.
- Pietro Ferrero, who owned a bakery in Alba, Piedmont, an area known for the production of hazelnuts, sold an first batch of 300 kilograms (660 lb) of “Pasta Gianduja” in 1946. This was originally a solid block, but Ferrero started to sell a creamy version in 1951 as “Supercrema”.
- In 1963, Ferrero’s son Michele Ferrero revamped Supercrema with the intention of marketing it throughout Europe. Its composition was modified and it was renamed “Nutella”.
- Nutella is the most favorite product to be as a spread. It is also used in multiple recipes such as cakes, pastries, puddings etc.
- Nutella is mainly composed of sugar and palm oil. Hazel nuts, cocoa solids and skimmed milk are also included. In United States, it includes soy products too.
I am sure reading these facts got you craving for Nutella. So what are you waiting for? Go and grab a jar!