Move Over, Valentine’s Day: Here’s Your New Favorite February Holiday

NutellaIt’s Feb. 5 – you know what that means! No, we’re not talking about Chris Parnell’s birthday or the release of Charlie Chaplin’s first “talkie.” We talkin’ World Nutella Day.

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For the uninitiated, “New-tella” (NEVER “Nut-ella”) is a delicious spread made with hazelnuts and cocoa. That’s right — a whole day devoted to that creamy-chocolatey goodness. But what’s an official holiday without some history?

For Nutella’s creation, we can thank the good people at the Ferrero company, also famous for those addictive Ferrero Rocher chocolates and … Tic Tacs. In the 1940s during World War II, cocoa rationing forced Pietro Ferrero to use hazelnuts instead of cocoa in his products. According to the official Nutella USA website, Nutella was originally called “pasta gianduja” and was sold in little loaves. But once it became apparent that Nutella was popular for more than sandwiches, Ferrero started selling the goodness as a more spreadable product in a jar: “supercrema gianduja.” The name Nutella came about in 1964, and the rest is history.

So how should you celebrate World Nutella Day? The only logical answer is to consume Nutella as much as possible. If you do this already, then carry on with your normal activities. Understandably, not everyone is accustomed to the old “spoon-and-jar.” Well, you’re in luck! Here at 4E we have already documented our love for Nutella. Check out the link for some quick and easy recipes. For maximum nutty appreciation, these treats are best eaten while curled up on your bed and watching Netflix. Just remember to take a break at some point — don’t be this guy. Happy Nutella-ing, Hoyas!

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Life, Love and the Pursuit of Nutella: Round 2

Nutella-Cheesecake-RowLadies and Gentlemen: This is it. I repeat, this is it.

In the wise words of LMFAO, “Let’s Go Round 2.” No, I do not mean Round 2 of a delicious alcoholic beverage. No I don’t mean Round 2 of the NCAA Tournament (FGCU still haunts my memories). No, I don’t mean Round 2, as in the Stylistics album released in October 1973.

I’m talking about the big time.

The whole shebang.

The never-before-seen sequel to Round One. What you’re about to witness is going to change your life even more than Marriage Equality (which you should all support).

This is Life, Love and the Pursuit of Nutella: Round 2.

In case you weren’t up to par with all the delicious things you can do with our favorite chocolatey-hazelnut spread, here are a few succulent and delicious ways that you can change your life with Nutella:

Toasted Nutella and Cream Cheese- Three simple ingredients: Nutella, cream cheese, bread. Toast the bread. Add the cream cheese and Nutella to each slice. Place in oven. Broil for a minute or two. Place creation in your mouth. Want to know what happens next? Ecstasy.

No Bake Nutella Cheesecake- I searched far and wide for a recipe that combined possibly the two greatest things in the world: Nutella and Cheesecake. Then, I narrowed down searches to only include the ingredients owned by and culinary skill level of a lazy college student. This was the result. It’s like the Mona Lisa of cheesecake. Call me a Renaissance man.

Nutella Brownies Did I ever mention Nutella Mona Lisa had a twin sister? Well, here she is. Her name is Sally, and all Sally needs are eggs, Nutella and flour. Want to know how R. Kelly reacted after he ate these brownies? Like this. (Editor’s note: THEY ALSO HAVE THESE AT BAKED AND WIRED AND THEY’RE BEAUTIFUL)

No Bake Nutella Peanut Butter Cookies- First of all, this recipe makes 24 cookies, which is almost the amount that I would eat when I’m all by myself. Second of all, it requires absolutely no baking. In fact it only requires the skill of this child and it produces results that will give you goosebumps. Kind of like the ones I get when I listen to Whitney Houston sing the Star Spangled Banner.

Waffles and Nutella- Step One: Go to Leo’s with a jar of Nutella. It’s only weird if you make it weird. Step Two: Add batter to the waffle machine as if you were making a normal waffle. Step Three: Add dollops of Nutella into the batter. Game changer. If you’re ready for the Big Leagues, add Nutella and ice cream on top of your Nutella Waffle. That’s right, bow down.

Nutella Banana Smoothie- 1 cup vanilla yogurt. 1/3 cup Nutella. (But seriously, add more if you want.) 1 banana. 1 cup ice. Blend and be amazed.

This Words just can’t even explain… I’m… I’m… crying tears of joy.

Until next time, you Nutella-loving Hoyas.

Photo: My Baking Addiction

The Best and Worst of Your Good Friend, Burnett’s

Georgetown BurnettsOur sweet love, Burnett’s. You’re there for the best of times. You’re there for the worst of times. You’re there for, and usually the cause of, the best of times that turn into the worst of times. For some strange reason (read: because of your low price), Hoyas love you. As the apt Marlene Cox and Lindsay Lee once commented, “Georgetown seems to be sponsored by Patagonia but powered by Burnett’s.” You are the wind beneath our wings, the source of all our stumbles– no. Burnett’s, you are our everything

Oh, who are we kidding? Most of your drinks taste like a mix of turpentine and gasoline. And quite frankly, that’s a lot of bad drinks: including plain vodka, you currently have 30 flavors of vodka beverages on the market. The majority of these are sub-par! We aren’t sure if some of them are really even vodka. Sometimes we don’t know whether to drink them or to do acid-base testing with them. But that’s why we’re here. We at The Fourth Edition have compiled a “Rookie’s Guide to Burnett’s.” We’ll tell you which flavors to buy, which flavors to never lay eyes on, and how to make the best Burnett’s beverages. (Just remember, you are working with Burnett’s… don’t expect any miracles.)

The “Best” 

1. Citrus – According to the Most Interesting Man in the World, “Normally I’d never touch a bottle of Burnett’s, but when I do, I drink Burnett’s Citrus.” If you want the most versatile Burnett’s flavor and the most bang for your buck, go for the citrus. Add it to lemonade, add it to orange juice or add it to iced tea. But for the classiest citrus beverage in town, try the Citrus Cooler. Add 1.5 oz (a shot) of Burnett’s Citrus with equal parts lemonade, cranberry juice, and club soda. Want to take it to another level? Garnish with a lemon wedge. It’s so tasty you’ll almost think you’re drinking Smirnoff.

2. Lime – Burnett’s Lime is a close second to it’s cousin, the aforementioned Citrus. Lime is actually almost as flexible as Citrus. In fact, we’d put it at number one, but Citrus sounds classier than Lime and we had to make a judgment somehow. Our favorite use of Burnett’s Lime is a secret recipe that we 4E-ers call the Fruit Fuzion. Take 1.5 oz of Burnett’s Lime and add equal parts of Strawberry Melon Fuze and sparkling limeade. So yummy, it’s practically sub-lime. (Get it? Lime?!) Note: please do not confuse this with Burnett’s Limeade. Yes. Burnett’s does make both. And yes, we think it’s stupid, too.

3. Pear – We know. Game changer. You thought we would go for Raspberry. At first, we thought we would too. But there’s just something about Burnett’s pear– dare we say a freshness?– that makes it so irresistible. We just love our PearBerry coolers: Add 1.5 oz of Burnett’s Pear to equal parts cranberry-raspberry juice and club soda. It’s fruity. It’s fresh. It’s fun. It will probably make you black out, so be careful.

The Worst

1. Maple Syrup – Yes, Burnett’s makes a vodka that is flavored like Maple Syrup. No, you should never drink it. It is inexcusable. It is wrong. It is wretched. Don’t even look at it. If you need maple syrup that desperately, go to Vermont or Canada or something. Just whatever you do, don’t buy this liquor. EVER.

2. Grape – Don’t do it. If you haven’t already guessed, it doesn’t taste like grapes. It tastes like cough medicine gone bad. It tastes like the devil. It tastes like stale purple drank, just without the hallucinogenic effects. According to every Jesuit on Georgetown’s campus, “Burnett’s Grape is a sin and, if you drink it, God will spite you.” Don’t mess with God. Don’t drink Burnett’s Grape.

3. Hot Cinnamon – Ew. Just chew some Big Red gum instead. Your mouth will already be burning from the poor quality Burnett’s alcohol, so why would you want to intensify that burning with cinnamon? Remember that old Apple Jacks commercial where it would say “Cinnamon is dee winna, ‘mon”? Cinnamon is not dee winna, ‘mon. It is the loser. And you will be the loser, too. This may be a highly contended choice for “The Worst”, because some people just love this stuff, but I call the shots here (Get it? Shots?).

Stay responsible, Hoyas.

Photo edit: Lindsay Lee/The Hoya

Life, Love and the Pursuit of Nutella

Oh, Nutella. Sweet, sweet, wonderful, delicious Nutella. We at The Fourth Edition love you, and you never cease to amaze us. You and your chocolatey-hazelnut goodness always find a way to blow our minds, clench our hearts, and send our taste buds to infinity and beyond.

Nutella, since you’ll be making an appearance in D.C. soon, (more to come next week…) we’ve decided to make a list — nay, an ode — to all the creative, mouth-watering ways you can enter our lives so that our readers can celebrate your greatness:

Toasted Banana Nutella Sandwiches Bananas, Nutella, Toast: try it for breakfast. Try it for lunch. Try it forever. No matter what, it’ll supply a day’s worth of potassium and a year’s worth of love.

Nutella S’mores A new twist on an old favorite. Just replace chocolate with Nutella. Your taste buds will thank us later.

Nutella Ravioli Yes. This is real life, and it was even featured on the Food Network. This takes some preparation and effort, but believe us, it’s worth it. Welcome to the big leagues.

Pretzels and Nutella The classic. The one and only. Get a bag of sourdoughs and go to town. Also works with fruits, spoons, cereals, and fingers.

Nutella Shots We just died and went to heaven. So will you. We know how addicting Nutella can be though so stay responsible with these alcoholic beverages. Or not.

Warmed Nutella on Ice Cream Pop that jar in the microwave and drizzle it, pour it, or just dump it all over your dessert. If you hear a Hallelujah Chorus, you’re doing it right. I personally recommend Reese’s Peanut Butter Ice Cream.

Nutella French Toast Plop some Nutella into your French Toast batter. It’s breakfast to the second power.

The Nutella Latté Warm up some Nutella and drizzle it into your Cup O’Joe to immediately turn it into a Cup O’Joy. Want to kick it into overdrive? Add some chocolate syrup and whipped cream. This drink will lead you to Jesus.

Nutella-Iced Cupcakes Pretty self-explanatory. Swap out icing for Nutella and you’ll be happier than this girl when she found out she was going to Disney World.

With something as delicious and nutritious (ha!) as Nutella, the possibilities are endless. Check out this page for some more wonderful and out-of-the-box Nutella recipes. Until next time, keep calm, bookmark this post, and delve into the magical world of our favorite chocolate-hazlenut spread.

Photo Credit: Siouxsie Law