Monday, July 12, 2010

My Affair with Nutella...An Update

About 7 months ago I came clean and shared with you the details of my illicit affair. Since that time our relationship has continued to grow and get stronger. Then one day I was perusing the NYT and there in the food section was an article that made me doubt my love for Nutella.

His name was Nocciolata and they described him as being very similar to Nutella but a bit more saucy. It was at that moment that I knew my affair with Nutella could be in jeopardy. I needed to get my hands on Nocciolata and then only time or taste would tell.

After some inquiring I was able to get a sample of Nocciolata from Rigoni di Asiago. When he arrived at my front door I was taken aback by how thin he was compared to my beloved Nutella. Not that thin is bad or anything but I’ve always had a weakness for men a bit thick in the middle. Anyway, being the smooth operator that he is I was easily talked into enjoying Nocciolata in ways I’ve never tried with Nutella…ways involving ice cream and strawberries. (see below)

Knowing Nocciolata was au naturale/organic made it easy to indulge in him for several days before I realized I missed Nutella. It’s not that Nutella is better…as they are both equally as good…just different…and there is definitely something to be said for the bond created in a long standing relationship.

I’m not proud of all. But I am kind of glad I strayed from Nutella as it has made me want him even more.

Strawberry Ice Cream with Chocolate Hazelnut Swirl

1 cup unsweetened thawed, frozen strawberries
1 can evaporated milk
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
pinch of salt
1/2 cup chocolate hazelnut spread

Pulse strawberries in a food proccesor until they are small pieces.
Combine evaporated milk, strawberries with their juice, sugar, lemon juice and salt in large bowl. Pour into ice cream machine container. Follow manufacturer’s instruction for preparation.
Add chocolate hazelnut spread to the machine during the last 30 seconnds.  Just enough to swirl it in.


  1. Whoa I've never heard of this Noccciolata stuff MY nutella addiction is in danger! It's a crazy world in which we live.

    The ice cream sounds divine.

  2. I agree...nothing can beat Nutella. I would love a piece of toast with a tablespoon right now. This ice cream sounds so so good!

  3. mmm just love nutella. the ice cream seems to be really scrumptious.

  4. I nave no Nutella in the house - I'll have to change that!

  5. I'm so glad you tried this. It made for a wonderful read for the rest of us. I love your blog and will be back often. I hope the day treats you well. Blessings...Mary

  6. Wow, I wish I can have some home made ice-cream now. :P

  7. Strawberries and nutella is one combo I haven't tried yet! Sounds divine! I'm curious about this other stuff - Nocciolota?

  8. Curious post. I will certainly be on the look out for "him." In the mean time, I'll be saving this link for the next World Nutella Day in February. Perhaps, you should consider contributing your recipe to the ever growing list of recipes. Check out the World Nutella site for more info. (let me know if you want the link:)

    Thank you so much for sharing...

  9. LOL!! tee, I'm feeling a sudden urge for some Nutella now ;)

  10. I've never heard of "the other guy". I love nutella and this ice cream looks amazing! Thanks for stopping by my blog!!!