Eat This Tonight: Nutella ella eh eh eh

Nutella hoisin sauce? Damn straight.

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Nutella’s been around since the 1940s. Originally called Pasta Gianduja, according to Mental Floss, Italian Pietro Ferrero renamed it "Nutella” in 1964. In fact, in the '60s, Italian shops engaged in a practice called “the smearing,” offering children a free smear if they brought in a slice of bread.

Over the years, from toast to Instagram to Facebook, it seems like the internationally popular brand has been spread all over. If you just so happen to be a fan — which, according to statistics (one jar of Nutella sells every 2.5 seconds) is more than likely — then you’re in luck. Charleston offers a wide selection of delectable treats for Nutella lovers and Nutellaphiles alike.

Downtown Charleston’s where you’ll find the most Nutella dishes, from Wildflour Pastry’s raspberry Nutella turnover ($2.50) to Persimmon Cafe’s hand-spun frozen custard with Nutella and toasted marshmallows ($4.75) to The Belmont’s homemade Nutella and banana pop tarts ($8).

Ever wanted to try pizza with Nutella as the sauce? Indaco’s new Sunday brunch menu features Nutella pizza ($16) made with bananas, pecans, and Carolina Flake salt. Over at DeSano Pizza Bakery they also have a Nutella pie ($10) coated in the Nutella spread and powdered sugar.

If crepes are more your thing, Queen Street Grocery has both the Scorpion Crepe ($3), containing Nutella and powdered sugar, and the Mt. Pleasant crepe ($6), made with your choice of either chocolate chips or Nutella and fresh fruit. Anyone looking to quench their thirst may also want to try Rutledge Cab Co.’s highly popular Nutella milkshake ($7).

Not in the downtown area? Don’t despair — the surrounding areas offer a few delectable Nutella selections. In Folly Beach, Tokyo Crepes’ menu contains the Banana Tella ($4.75), Nutty Nutt ($5.35), and the Banana Tella Cheese ($5.25) crepes.

Mt. Pleasanters looking for an alternative to store-bought Nutella might want to taste Graze’s french toast made with their unique homemade Nutella spread and cashew butter ($10), offered on their Sunday brunch menu. Also in Mt. Pleasant, Kanpai offers their own unique summer roll salad ($6), made with shrimp, pork confit, thai basil, and Nutella hoisin sauce.

Cory’s Grilled Cheese, located on Maybank Highway, has two dessert sandwiches: their classic version is made with goat cheese, Nutella, and bananas ($4.50) while the Fluffer Nutter Sandwich contains peanut butter, Nutella, and marshmallow fluff ($4). Summerville coffee heads can also try Nutella-flavored lattes and espressos (starting at $4) at Charleston Bakery and Deli.

Admittedly, having never tried Nutella (yes, yes, I know), it’s clear I have my work cut out for me. Luckily, Charleston’s a good a place as any to have my first taste. 

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