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13 Things You Didn't Know About Nutella

Nutella is the answer. Nobody cares about the question.

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1. One jar of Nutella is sold every 2.5 seconds.

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To put that into perspective: Across the globe, a baby is born every 8 seconds.

2. Napoleon may be responsible for the world's Nutella addiction.

According to Mental Floss, "Back in 1806, Napoleon tried to freeze out British commerce as a means to win the Napoleonic wars (and take over the world). The result was a disastrous continental blockade that caused the cost of chocolate to skyrocket." Chocolatiers realized they could add hazelnuts to their chocolate rations for a larger supply. Hence, the hazelnut-chocolate spread.
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According to Mental Floss, "Back in 1806, Napoleon tried to freeze out British commerce as a means to win the Napoleonic wars (and take over the world). The result was a disastrous continental blockade that caused the cost of chocolate to skyrocket." Chocolatiers realized they could add hazelnuts to their chocolate rations for a larger supply. Hence, the hazelnut-chocolate spread.

3. It wasn't always "Nutella."

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WTF is pasta gianduja? Exactly what this stuff used to be called, back when it came in the form of a sliceable loaf. Eventally, the loaf was turned into a spread and Ferrero changed to Nutella, which is the combination of the English word “nut” and the Latin suffix “ella,” meaning “sweet.”

4. America was actually late to the Nutella game.

Nutella was introduced to the European market in 1964, but it wasn't until 1983 that it became available in the states.
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Nutella was introduced to the European market in 1964, but it wasn't until 1983 that it became available in the states.

5. You actually can't name your child Nutella.

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We know, we're devastated too.

6. The family that owns Nutella could literally live in a castle of chocolate, if they wanted to.

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Michele Ferrero, the patriarch of the Ferrero family and owner of the Nutella brand, has an estimated net worth of over $26 billion.

7. “Nugtella” is available at dispensaries in California.

8. You can circle the world 1.4 times with the amount of Nutella sold every year.

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WHO WANTS TO GIVE IT A TRY?!

9. Nutella uses 25% of the world's hazelnut supply.

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Literally, THAT'S NUTS.

10. Nutella's formula may or may not vary from country to country.

It's a mystery! But everyone on the internet seems to think so.

11. There are over 6 million pictures tagged #nutella on Instagram.

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#foodporn FTW.

12. You might have been saying it wrong.

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The correct pronunciation is “new-tell-uh” not “nuh-tell-uh,” as many people believe.

13. You can light Nutella on FIRE.

View this video on YouTube

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Nutella: Light of my life, fire of my loins... No but seriously, it's flammable. And whoever decided to burn this chocolate goodness rather than eat it deserves a special place in the underworld.

This post has been updated with proper sourcing, per our editorial guidelines.

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