Nutella: A Student Obsession

Nutella: A Student Obsession
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Nutella: A Student Obsession

In honor of "Nutella-Gate" at Columbia University, we bring your the best Nutella recipes.

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DIY Nutella Frosting

This delicious Nutella frosting can be used to top cakes or cupcakes and might just become the next big thing on the Columbia campus.

Get the Recipe: DIY Nutella Frosting

Banana-Nutella S'Mores

Nutella, graham crackers, marshmallow fluff and bananas make a heavenly combination.

Get the Recipe: Banana-Nutella S'Mores

Nutella-Swirl Pound Cake

Make this pound cake especially rich by swirling in Nutella. Serve the cake with coffee ice cream.

Get the Recipe: Nutella-Swirl Pound Cake

Banana Nutella Muffins

When it comes to banana and nutella, you can never go wrong.

Get the Recipe: Banana Nutella Muffins

Chocolate-Banana Grahams

A graham cracker smeared with Nutella and topped with banana and coconut is a light way to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate-Banana Grahams

Hamantaschen with Four Fillings

These triangular treats are traditionally made for Purim with a poppy seed or prune filling, but nowadays, they’re available year-round with other fillings like apricot and raspberry. These versions feature new and delicious fillings such as dried cranberries with apricot and Nutella with coconut. Adding breadcrumbs to the fillings ensures that they stay put.

Get the Recipe: Hamantaschen with Four Fillings


While peanut butter may still be the spread of choice in the United States, students at Columbia University are crazy for Nutella. According to the New York Times, the school started serving the hazelnut spread in one of their dining halls a month ago at the recommendation of a student representative. Almost as soon as it became available, students began devouring it in the cafeteria and even took it, en masse, back to their dorm rooms. By the time exams rolled around, undergrads were walking away with the spread in containers, lathered on bread or still in the jar to ease the stress of studying.

By some estimates, students went through more than 100 pounds of Nutella a day and the university spent close to $5,000 the first week it was available in the dining hall. While initially discussed as problematic behind the scenes, the great Nutella dilemma has spread to the web where the conversation continues publicly on Facebook. Most students continue to stand behind their actions and hope to keep Nutella in the hall.

Whether or not you are as enthusiastic about Nutella as the students at Columbia University, you have to admit that Nutella is truly delicious. In honor of "Nutella-Gate," as it's been called, Check out the slideshow above for our favorite Nutella recipes.

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