July 17, 2017

How to Melt Nutella? 4 Fool-Proof Ways to Melt Nutella



Do you love Nutella? Are you the kind who would put it on anything? From bread to crepe, you name it, I put Nutella on anything I can get my hands on. There is just one frustrating experience we all can relate to—frozen Nutella.

Have you tried preparing a sandwich early in the morning only to find out that the jar of Nutella is frozen? How do you deal with this desperate situation?

If you love Nutella, you know that something needs to be done. This desperate situation needs clever solutions. Read on to discover clever ways to melt Nutella.

Important Nutella Facts​

Nutella is a chocolate spread that’s originally made in Italy that literally conquered the world. Any decent grocery store the world over will have jars of this favorite spread in their shelves.

The main ingredients of Nutella are hazelnut which makes up 71% and chocolate which makes up 19% of the entire mix. It is the hazelnut that gives that distinct flavor that you can only find in this spread.

​Don’t be surprised if it is called “hazelnut cream” because, in some countries including Italy, a spread cannot be called “chocolate cream” if it doesn’t meet the minimum chocolate concentration criteria.

It was originally sold as “Supercrema” by Ferrero in 1951 and was later revamped in 1963 and renamed “Nutella” when the company started marketing it in Europe. After that, the rest is history.

In the year 2007, die-hard fans of the spread started a Nutella Day which was decided to be on February 5. Ferrero on the other hand decided that Nutella Day would be on February 17-18 in line with its anniversary.

4 Clever Ways to Melt Nutella​

Nutella is normally easy to spread except when you place it inside the fridge which you normally do. To make it spreadable again, you need to thaw it which you may not have the time to do. Here are some quick tricks that you can try:​

1. Use hot bread knife or spoon​

This is the best procedure if you just want to melt Nutella for your toast. This is a quick and easy procedure so if you just want a quick solution to your Nutella situation, this is the best way to go.

Dip a bread knife or spoon in boiling water until it’s hot enough. After that, you dry it with a clean towel or tissue paper.

Take the knife and let it cut through the hardened Nutella and it will surely make spreading easier. I have done this many times and believe me, it works.

2. The hot water bath​

This is another easy trick that you can do to melt your frozen jar of Nutella. Bring water to a boil and place it in a shallow bowl. Just fill it halfway because it might overflow when you put the jar of spread. If you have hot water in the thermos, that will do just fine.

Place the jar in the shallow bowl and wait for a few minutes. This will warm the Nutella up, making it easy to spread. Stir the content with a spoon to find out if the consistency is now spreadable.

If the spread is not yet melted, just repeat the process or replace the water which may not be hot enough at this point. Make sure to cover the jar to prevent water from mixing with the spread.

3. The double burner method​

This is a step up of step number two. Place a jar of Nutella is a shallow pot with water. Again, make sure that you don’t put too much water as it might overflow.

Seamer the pot on the stove with low heat. Slowly stir the content to check its consistency.

If the Nutella has not yet melted, repeat the process in interval until you get the consistency that you want. Cover the jar lightly with its lid to prevent water from mixing with the spread.

4. The microwave method​

While this method is more popular than the rest, it requires extra care. Scoop up enough Nutella in a microwave-heatable bowl.

Place it in the microwave for 15 seconds and check if it’s melted. If not, put it back in for another 10 seconds.

Make sure that you don’t put the jar of Nutella inside the microwave. Remember that the jar is not microwave-heatable and it might explode and ruin the oven in the process.

Pro Tips​

Just to ensure that your Nutella will melt well, here are some pro tips. These are tested tips and you can’t go wrong if you follow them.

  • Make sure to stir the Nutella in between intervals. This will ensure that you will have an evenly melted spread. This is particularly important if you’re using the microwave because you don’t want to overheat the hazelnut-chocolate spread. Use a spoon or spatula in steering.
  • Make sure to prevent water from mixing with the spread unless you’re making a dip or a chocolate sauce. The chocolate content of Nutella will become grainy when mixed with water. To prevent this from happening, cover the jar with plastic while heating it using the hot water bath method.
  • Bear in mind that Nutella burns easily. This makes it necessary to heat it in intervals particularly if you’re using the microwave. This also necessitates the constant stirring because by doing so, you can monitor the melting process.

​Final Thoughts

Thanks to the shortage of cocoa in Italy and Nutella was born. Had there been enough cocoa at that time, Ferrero may not have thought of making a spread that is predominantly hazelnut and we will not have Nutella as we know it today.

Many considered Nutella to be a taste of heaven in a jar. It’s a highly versatile and delicious filling that has been my life-saver in those mornings when I don’t have time to prepare breakfast. I’m sure this is your story too.

Nobody should have a hard time with their favorite spread. This predicament is so personal to me and that’s why I wrote this article.

Are you still having a hard time with frozen Nutella? With the steps given here, that shouldn’t be the case. Follow these steps and save time thawing your favorite spread. There’s no need to waste time waiting for it to thaw naturally when you know how to hasten the process.​

Do you have your own frozen Nutella story? Share it in the comment section below.​

    Claire J. Ruiz

    I'm Claire, and my passion is cooking. I believe that food is what actually unites people and the dining table is where we set aside our differences. When we eat we become vulnerable because enjoying food requires a different level of trust and surrender to the person preparing your food. Sharing and enjoying food is one of the most intimate experiences in life.​

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