Thursday Trivia (on Friday!): Happy (Belated) World Nutella Day!

Update: I just posted the weekly essay on – dpecs. – I’d be much obliged if you went ahead and read it– dpecs..

(Ed. Note: Before we begin, I want to share something from today with y’all…)

So remember back when I was doing the Year in Review and I had a Stuff I Dislike post on the Top 5 Worst Things about 2010? Well, I added a brief editor’s note thereafter…

As noted, I took the day off yesterday – I went to MoMA and was pretty damn exhausted thereafter – so Top 5 songs and albums will be seen on Thursday. Tomorrow, Top 5 most interesting people of 2010.

Apparently, MoMA’s doing a new ad campaign with the tagline “I went to MoMA and…”. The folks in the marketing department found that post and asked if they could use it in their campaign. I find this both kinda hilarious, but more excited that this humble blogging establishment has been found by such an august institution as MoMA.

And now back to your regularly rescheduled blog post…

Nutella

Mmmmm...Nutella. And milk. and plastic flowers. (Image via Wikipedia.)

Last Saturday was the 5th annual World Nutella Day, which I celebrated the day before by having a waffle at Wafels & Dinges, with my new usual of

Nutella, chocolate fudge, and Spekuloos. The classic hazelnut-chocolate spread is made by the company Ferrero, which makes the Ferrero Rocher chocolate – literally a “rock” of a hazelnut covered by a wafer shell covered by chocolate and studded with hazelnuts and walnuts. Also, for some unexplainable reason, Ferrero also makes Tic Tacs.

Four more facts about and regarding Nutella after the jump!

  • Nutella originally comes from a chocolate called Gianduja, which is chocolate containing between 30 and 50% almond or hazelnut paste, which was first invented in Piedmont, Italy in the 1850s. Confectioner Pietro Ferrero began to sell a creamy version of the Gianduja called “Supercrema”in the late 1940s, which was then marketed across Europe in the ’60s as Nutella.
  • While in most of the world, Nutella is made with vegetable oil, it’s made with palm oil in North America, Australia, and New Zealand. The use of palm oil, and Ferrero’s marketing of Nutella as nutritious and good for children, has led to Ferrero being sued yesterday by Californian Athena Hohenberg for deceptive advertising.
  • Another difference between Nutella in North America and Australia and in the rest of the world: the containers. While glass containers are the norm around the world, plastic containers are used here in the States, along with Canada, Mexico, and Australia.
  • The Ferrero company seems to be very similar to Willy Wonka’s factory – they’ve never held a press conference and does not allow the media to enter the factory, leading it to be both the most reputable company, according to Forbes, and one of the most secretive, according to the Wall Street Journal.
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