19 Ways to Use Nutella

Jar of Nutella on the arm of a couch

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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.

Overflowing spoonful of Nutella
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2. Mix it in chia pudding

Bowl of chia and nutella pudding with spoon in it
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3. Swirl it in banana bread

nutella banana bread in glass pan before baking
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4. Stir it in cereal

Woman's hand using a spoon to eat cereal with nutella; smartphone and newspaper on the table
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5. Slip it in crepes

folded crepes made with nutella on a plate
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6. Put it in pancakes

Stack of pancakes with Nutella

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7. Rim your iced coffee glass with it

Iced coffee with Nutella on the glass rim
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8. Make hot chocolate (add a kick!)

Glass mug of hot chocolate on a saucer
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9. House it in cookies

Stack of oatmeal cookies made with Nutella
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10. Top toast

Toast topped with Nutella spread and sliced strawberries
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11. Stuff a croissant

Cup of coffee and a Nutella-stuffed croissant
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12. Insert pretzels

Bowl of Nutella and two pretzels
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13. Grill it in a sandwich

grilled nutella sandwich on a plate
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14. Grill it in a sandwich with banana!

grilled nutella and banana sandwich
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15. Make hearts in your brownie batter

Brownie batter with heart shapes of Nutella in a bowl
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16. Put it on apples

Three apples slices on a small cutting board, one topped with Nutella and a jar of Nutella on a table
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17. Enrich a smoothie

Nutella smoothie in a glass jar with a red and white polka dotted paper straw
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18. Slather a waffle

Nutella spread on waffle sprinkled with powdered sugar
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19. Make a milkshake ... then call 911

Mason jar mug filled with Nutella milkshake topped with chocolate candy
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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.