The Nutella Cookbook: Steal This Book?

The Nutella Cookbook, shaped like the actual jar

Would you steal Nutella? In 2013, thieves stole $21,000 worth of Nutella from a warehouse in Germany. College cafeterias face massive losses from pilfered Nutella. Columbia University is reportedly losing $5000 a week, $250,000 a year, because students are sneaking copious amounts of the stuff back to their dorms. So what is Nutella, and why all the fuss? It's a creamy hazelnut and chocolate spread. Not dark chocolate (I so wish it was!) but a motherly milk chocolate that plucks at the … [Read more...]

Nutella and Orange Whoopie Pies

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The combination of Nutella and orange makes eating these little cakes complete bliss… Makes 15 Whoopie Pies Preparation: 30 min. Cooking: 10 –15 min. Chilling time: 1 hour For the cream filling: 1 orange 75 g (5 tbsp) unsalted butter 50 g (1/4 cup) caster/superfine sugar 1 egg 75 g (1/3 cup) Philadelphia-style cream cheese  For the whoopie pies: 125 g (1-3/4 cups) plain/all-purpose flour 1 tsp baking powder 40 g (3 tbsp) unsalted butter 40 g (scant 1/4 cup) … [Read more...]

Mini-Nutella Croissants

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Treat yourself at breakfast or teatime with these mini-croissants made with the famous hazelnut chocolate spread! Makes 16 mini-croissants Preparation: 10 min. Cooking: 20 min 230 g (8 oz) ready-rolled puff pastry 150 g (1/2 cup) Nutella 1 egg yolk, to glaze 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C /Gas 4). 2. Unroll the pastry on the work surface. Spread with a thick layer of Nutella. 3. Cut the pastry into 16 equal-sized pieces. Roll each piece onto itself, … [Read more...]

Chocolate’s Next Conquest: India

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In Western tradition, a dinner guest brings a bottle of wine as a host or hostess gift. In India, Cadbury wants to make Toblerone the gift to give – it's a strategy for growing the chocolate market in India. And it's working. Hershey's and other chocolate makers have also zeroed in on India, a subcontinent ready to be conquered. Cadbury's Toblerone, with its distinctive triangular box, is the leading brand in airport duty free stores around the world. It's considered a premium brand and … [Read more...]

Cool! Mehndi Tattoos with Cocoa Powder

Cocoa powder makes a temporary tattoo, similar to Indian mehndi skin designs.

Go Bollywood this weekend: The Mehndi Cocoa Paint design shown here uses a doily as a stencil, with added flourishes from a paintbrush. Mehndi skin designs predate Bollywood by a few centuries, dating back to ancient India as a ceremonial art form of body painting. Brides and grooms are adorned with intricate mehndi patterns and symbols, usually on hands, palms, and feet. It’s also worn for festivals and other special occasions in countries stretching from the Sudan to South … [Read more...]

Chocolate Recipes at Global Gourmet

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Ready to overdose on chocolate? My other website, GlobalGourmet.com, has thousands of recipes and how-to's from the world's most brilliant chefs and authors. Dive into chocolate recipes for desserts, cookies, truffles, candy, cakes and more here: All About Chocolate, with Recipes, at GlobalGourmet.com … [Read more...]