There were the Moscow Salt Riots of 1648, the Boston Bread Riots of the early 1700s, and the 19th-century Flour Riots in New York City ... but how can you top the Nutella Riots that happened across France in January of 2018? Ok, to be fair, the violent skirmishes that broke out when a supermarket chain slashed the price of Nutella were more akin to Black Friday rampaging than political upheaval, but it sure does say something about the fanatical lure of the beloved hazelnut spread. What kind of sorcery is going on in those jars anyway? So devoted are the masses to the sugary-palm-oily confection that not only does it inspire riots, but it has its own holiday as well. Behold February 5: World Nutella Day.
So how should you celebrate? A) Do not start a riot B) make your own healthy and palm-oil* free version C) use it in any one of these magical ways.
1. Insert spoon, eat. See photo above.
2. Mix it in chia pudding
3. Swirl it in banana bread
4. Stir it in cereal
5. Slip it in crepes
6. Put it in pancakes
7. Rim your iced coffee glass with it
8. Make hot chocolate (add a kick!)
9. House it in cookies
10. Top toast
11. Stuff a croissant
12. Insert pretzels
13. Grill it in a sandwich
14. Grill it in a sandwich with banana!
15. Make hearts in your brownie batter
16. Put it on apples
17. Enrich a smoothie
18. Slather a waffle
19. Make a milkshake ... then call 911
What did we miss? Tell us in the comments.
*Note: Making your own chocolate-hazelnut spread ensures that you're using ingredients that you approve of, especially since palm oil can be so very problematic. But for whatever it is worth, Nutella says that the vegetable oil they use is sustainable palm oil, 100 percent certified segregated RSPO. They also say that they responsibly source palm oil through the Ferrero Palm Oil Charter to guarantee that the palm fruit oil they use does not contribute to deforestation, species extinction, high greenhouse gas emissions or human rights violations. Read more here.
This updated story was originally published in 2018.