If you've been thinking of joining San Diego mother Athena Hohenberg's lawsuit against the makers of Nutella, you might want to wait until Monday to call your lawyer. In a lovely example of irony, it turns out that tomorrow, February 5th, is the 5th annual World Nutella Day.
Okay, this is one of those holidays (Arbor Day, National Cream Puff Day) that may seem arbitrary and slightly ridiculous at first, when in fact it is a serious vindication for some of us. In 2007, two American ex-pat writers living in Italy, Sara Rosso and Michelle Fabio, made it official, declaring their love for the chocolate-hazelnut spread and declaring the day a holiday. If you have some spare time, creating a food holiday is probably a lot more fun than filing a lawsuit, but what do we know.
To find Nutella, you can use Ferraro USA's handy store locator. (Or maybe call Hohenberg's lawyer.) But that doesn't provide much detail other than the address and phone number of your local Albertson's, and certainly nothing like the nuances between countries of origin. Because although Ferraro will tell you that all jars taste the same, they do not. Italian-made Nutella, which you can find in the crowded aisles at Bay Cities in Santa Monica, tastes different from the jars manufactured in North America. German-made Nutella (Alpine Village Bakery in Torrance) also tastes different, as does the Polish-made spread (Avakian's Grocery in Glendale). Many Nutella devotees knife the stuff onto slabs of bread, or onto pancakes or waffles or crepes. That is, when we're not just eating it out of the jar.