On February 5th we celebrate World Nutella Day and that’s why we decided to share with you some less known facts about the chocolate-hazelnut spread that everyone around the world loves!
The American blogger Sara Rosso founded World Nutella Day on February 5th, 2007, but in 2015 she transferred “the rights” over the holiday to the producer of Nutella – Ferrero. Fans of the delicious chocolate spread can celebrate this day in many ways like making a recipe with Nutella or writing a poem about it. More ideas can be found on the official website of World Nutella Day.
Here are 10 things about Nutella that you may not know!
#1 A jar of Nutella is sold every 2.5 seconds throughout the world. That makes 24 jars every minute.
#2 An Italian Pastry Chef Pietro Ferrero created the recipe for Nutella after World War II, because he experienced chocolate shortage, so he decided to use large amount of hazelnuts and mix them with chocolate.
#3 About 25 percent of all hazelnuts crops in the world are used for production of Nutella.
#4 Over 6 million images were posted on image-sharing platform Instagram with hashtag #nutella
#5 The amount of Nutella produced every year is enough to circle the world 1.4 times.
#6 Nutella was first available on the markets in Europe in 1964, but it was introduced in the USA in 1983.
#7 Nutella represents nearly 70 percent of the chocolate spread sales in the USA.
#8 Initially the name for the chocolate-hazelnut spread was “pasta gianduja”.
#9 Nutella is not just a name. The actual meaning of the word is ‘sweet nut’ and comes from the English word “nut” and the Latin suffix “ella”, which means “sweet”.
#10 Michele Ferrero, the owner of Ferrero SpA who died last year, was the richest person in Italy, with an estimated net worth of $26 billion and the 20th richest person in the world, according to Bloomberg Billionaires Index 2014.