Originally called “Pasta Gianduja”, Nutella started out in the 1940’s as a sliceable sandwich topper which used hazelnuts to stretch the use of rationed cocoa.
When kids threw the bread away and just ate the topper, the formula was changed to the familiar spreadable paste we know today, although it was then known as “Supercrema Gianduja” until a final name change to “Nutella” in the mid 1960’s.
While the actual recipe for Nutella is a closely held secret, copycat recipes abound.
This one, recently recommended to me, fits the bill pretty darn well.
Oh, one last thing. Nutella isn’t all that good for you. I don’t care what you’ve heard.
Originally: Homemade Nutella