DIY Nutella? DIY NUTELLA?
That’s right. DIY Nutella. As in – Do. It. Yourself.
I won’t lie to you and tell you that I love Nutella sooooooo much and just dream about it and go weak at the knees whenever it looks my way. I won’t because it’s simply not true. I like Nutella, I do. But my heart belongs to peanut butter.
Anyways, I see all these recipes on different food blogs with Nutella and people just get so crazy about it, and then, yes, of course, since I live in Italy, we always have Nutella in the house and I’ve been known to nip into it every now and then, but it’s just not what really makes my soul sing. The idea of making my own though was intriguing.
I’ll tell you a pet peeve of mine. And it’s a bit of a contradiction for reasons which I’ll explain shortly. But it really kinda bugs me when I see a recipe that looks great, and the first four ingredients come from various boxes and jars around the house while the rest of the recipe is like “add a pinch of salt, then bake in the oven for 5 seconds less than the recipe on the box calls for!” and then people are like, “OMG! I just love your creations!” (in a complete digression I’ll tell you that there seems to be a “bark” craze going on right now which appears to be, take every candy you have in the house, drop it in melted chocolate and butter, and let it set….) Now, OK, to be fair, there is a lot to be said for lateral thinking, but this is just one of my biggest pet peeves. And, OK, I’ll admit, since I can never get those ingredients, it just bugs me that in order to make whatever it is that I thought looked enticing I’d have to either a) make everything from scratch, or b) order from somewhere online at outrageously exorbitant prices.
I had been noticing that my Tiramisu alla Nutella is my highest viewed post, and I remembered that I had used the ENTIRE jar of Nutella to make it, and I thought about checking out the ingredients and then just making it myself to see whether it would be better and cheaper, and then, well, one thing led to another, and here I am with a recipe for DIY Nutella.
So, first things first, it doesn’t taste EXACTLY like Nutella, but, if I may, I think mine is better. Nutella always gives me a bit of a nasty aftertaste – which, in retrospect is probably good as it limits how much I “taste” – and mine does not. Mine is simple – 5 ingredients – and you most likely have everything already at home except for the nuts (unless you’re counting visiting friends or family, or……no. I won’t go there. We’ve only just met.)