Monday, June 3, 2013

Late to the Nutella Party

I've been seeing Nutella in Costco, but for some reason, I thought it was like Ovaltine - slightly chocolaty, but good for you. 

I figured out there is more to Nutella when I came across a great sounding ice cream recipe that required gianduja.  After googling gianduja for five minutes, I finally discovered that gianduja is Nutella.

Nutella, as maybe everyone knew but me, is a chocolate/hazelnut spread, which, if you refrigerate (which you are not supposed to do) and eat directly from a spoon, tastes like home-made chocolate frosting. (Eating directly from the jar with a spoon is considered an off-label use.) I personally can't imagine eating this on toast, which appears to be the manufacturer's recommendation. 

Costco sells two jars together, so I'm looking for recipes.

We enjoyed this ice cream:

3 cups mixture milk and cream.  (I only had 1/2 cup cream, would be better with 2 cups cream.)
1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup sugar 
5 egg yolks

Heat together milk and 1/2 cup sugar until sugar dissolves.

Beat eggs and 1/4 cup sugar with mixer until light.

Slowly add 1/2 cup warm milk/sugar mixture to eggs, then add egg mixture slowly back to milk mixture and cook, stirring until it thickens and coats a wooden spoon.  

This step always takes me forever, or I burn it. 15 minutes at least.

Stir in 1/2 cup Nutella and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.

Chill and follow ice cream freezer instructions. (Grandma Fifi photobomb in Nutella reflection.)


  1. The best way to eat Nutella is to travel to the Amalfi coast of Italy, and have them serve it to you at breakfast (put it on toast). That is my suggestion.