Poll: Nutella or peanut butter – which do you prefer?
When we were still living in Brooklyn, there was a little girl who went to school with my daughter.
Her parents, being from the “other side,” used to give her a big cup of “latt’ e’ café” ( a big cup of warm milk mixed with some espresso ) and a Nutella sandwich for breakfast.
My wife was aghast. After all, with all that caffeine in the kid’s system, she’d be bouncing off the walls.
But Nutella had been a staple of the Italian diet for years – and since that time Americans have been consuming it instead of peanut butter.
Well, some of us. I was never a big fan – until recently when my wife would make me a Nutella sandwich to eat when I’d get off the air.
Maybe that’s why I haven’t been sleeping soundly.
Anyway, with all that being said, there’s a report that Nutella will be in short supply due to the hazelnut crop being affected by the lack of rain in Turkey.
The rumor is one of life's guilty pleasures might be getting hard to find.
But the New Jersey-based makers of Nutella say it's just a rumor.
The hazelnut harvest in Turkey has been severely damaged by unseasonable weather and disease, according to a report in the Huffington Post.
Ferrero USA, based in the Somerset section of Franklin Township and part of the Ferrero Group of Italy, uses more than 100 million tons of hazelnuts to produce Nutella every year, making Ferrero the largest consumer of hazelnuts in the world, according to figures from the Italian Trade Agency.
But while the confectioner admits the harvest has been less than ideal, Ferrero denies a shortage of Nutella is on the horizon.
Well, we’ll see.
If it does suddenly start to disappear from supermarket shelves, it won’t be too much of a loss as far as I’m concerned.
I’m still a peanut butter guy at heart. And choosy about my Jif - or Skippy - or Smuckers sometimes.
But if there is a shortage, would you be willing to pay a higher price?
So when all is said and done, which do you prefer – Nutella or peanut butter – and what do you eat Nutella with?