Michele Ferrero, founder of Nutella and Ferrero Rocher, passed away, perhaps fittingly, on Valentine’s Day at his home in Monaco at the age of 89. Forbes ranked him as the wealthiest candy maker in the world, with personal wealth valued at $23.4 billion.
In 1946, Ferrero’s father created the first Nutella-like spread, called Giandujot, a mix of cocoa and hazelnuts. Ferrero eventually developed that into Nutella, making the first batch in 1964. In his memory and for the love of Nutella, here are five five-star Nutella recipes to remember him by.
Nutella hot chocolate: As comforting as hot chocolate can be, it’s only more soothing when you add Nutella. Mix warm milk and Nutella with some cocoa and salt for a concoction that warms from the inside out. Topped with homemade whipped cream, it’s a go-to recipe on a cold winter’s day.
Nutella-swirl banana bread is the hazelnut-cocoa alternative to banana chocolate-chip anything. Rather than eating Nutella with a spoon (which everyone does), swirling it into a hearty banana bread is a slightly more sophisticated, equally delicious way to indulge.
This banana and Nutella-stuffed French toast is basically a sandwich that combines the best of all worlds: bananas and hazelnut, and French toast. Nothing beats French toast that oozes gooey hazelnut goodness complemented by the perfect partner – banana – especially when the Nutella and bananas are warm but not mushy after a quick dip in a heavy cream coating.
Nutella Hazelnut cookies: Perfect for chocolate-hazelnut lovers, these buttery, chewy cookies boast a strong chocolate base enhanced with the distinct flavor of hazelnuts, both chopped and in the form of Nutella - and they take less than an hour to prep and bake.
These perfect Nutella chocolate chip cookies have Nutella mixed right directly into the cookie dough for a hint of hazelnut flavor, rather than presenting concentrated doses. Enhance your next batch of chocolate chip cookies and marvel, once again, at how Nutella makes just about anything that much more delectable.