I interrupt my regularly scheduled food stories to share a food poem with you today, written by none other than my darling talented daughter for a poetry anthology in her English class. She adores almost all sweets, but Nutella is a near addiction, providing the perfect spoon-sized study break.
It seemed particularly appropriate to share this with you this week since the Nutella Breakfast truck happens to be roving the San Francisco Bay Area and is arriving in San Jose tomorrow, much to my daughter’s happiness. Click here for the schedule if you want to stop by!
But did you know that not all Nutella is created equal? The spread that is sold in US stores in manufactured in Canada and has a higher sugar content than the spread produced in Italy. In addition, the Italian version has no added trans fat, the US version does. I found this out during a fantastic food tour of Boston’s North End, the Italian section, that I took in early November. I picked up a jar of the Italian stuff while visiting one of the small Italian groceries during the tour. If you get a chance to buy both types, give them a try side-by-side and see if you can tell the difference.
Without further delay, I present my daughter’s poem:
Ode to Nutella
A hint of hazelnut, and a burst of heaven
You hit my tongue and I am in a daze
Dense and smooth, you taste so good
You never fail to amaze
Too much, and you ail my health
Too little, and I crave for more
Oh, Nutella, what would I do without you?
Nutella, Nutella, you are the one I adore
I eat you by the spoonful
No crackers to dip, wash the decadence astray
You are so rich, so incredibly delicious
No need for anything to stand in your way
Dear Nutella, you are my obsession
I could eat you day and night and never tire
I wish I could have you in infinite supply
Nutella, Nutella, you are my only desire
If food poetry intrigues you, be sure to stop over at my friend Annelies’ blog, The Food Poet. Her love of the written word and fascination with compelling food are intermingled in each poetic post.
What is your favorite way to eat Nutella? I think mine might be in crepes. In this French Friday’s post from last February, I shared one of Dorie Greenspan’s favorite ways to use Nutella – in this drippingly delicious Nutella Tartine.