In today's Media Mix, the new rules of dinner, plus another donut burger pops up
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Another Donut Burger: Here is another donut burger, courtesy of the Pittsburgh Pirates, available at PNC Park. The fixings: a beef patty, bacon, Cheddar cheese, and a fried egg between a sliced sprinkled and glazed donut. [Mashable]
5.5 Tons of Nutella Stolen: Unknown thieves in a German town called Bad Hersfeld lifted some 5.5 tons of Nutella, worth $20,710, from a trailer. They're probably eating the batch with spoons as we type. [UPI]
New Culprit for Heart Disease: Turns out, it might not be the actual fat of red meat that causes heart disease, but a byproduct of digesting red meat: the chemical TMAO. [NY Times]
Peter Workman Passes Away:The founder of Workman Publishing passed away this weekend at the age of 74, with Thomas Keller and John T. Edge publicly offering condolences. [Eater]
Brewery Mistake: An accident at a Modelo brewery killed seven over the weekend. [Reuters]
7 Rich & Creamy Things You Didn't Know About Nutella
Nutella—blessed giver of hope, sweet savior of the boring, wondrously fabulous addition to absolutely anything.
Nutella—blessed giver of hope, sweet savior of the boring, wondrously fabulous addition to absolutely anything.
As a naive youth, you desire peanut butter and chocolate, but as your taste buds develop, you want that next evolutionary step. Eventually everyone is converted to Nutella by its rich, thick, nutty spreadable glory.
Let’s talk about what makes Nutella such a beloved worldwide obsession.
1. Napoleon And Hitler Might Be The Reason Nutella Even Exists In The First Place
Uh, thanks? Photo: Michele Hubacek / Flickr
In the early 19th century, Napoleon took it upon himself to kick British trade down as much as he could to pull toward victory for the French Empire. What resulted was a blockade that skyrocketed the cost of chocolate among European nations.
Italian chocolatiers in Turin found a crafty way around by adding chopped hazelnuts to chocolate as a way to stretch supplies, calling the new concoction Gianduja.
I don’t care what you call it. I will find it and I will eat it all. Photo: @reemmember / Instagram
Fast forward to World War II when once again chocolate prices spiked courtesy of the war. An Italian pastry maker named Pietro Ferrero took inspiration from generations of Italian confectioners before him and created pasta gianduja, which offered up the spread as a sliceable loaf.
Then, in 1964, the beloved mixture was finally renamed “Nutella,” a combination of the English word “nut” and the Latin suffix for sweet “ella.”
2. There’s Been A Nutella Heist And A Nutella Scandal
They stole a bunch of Nutella from a truck, you say? #lifegoals Photo: Marilyn Roxie / Flickr
In April of 2013, German thieves jacked 5.5 metric tons (or more than 12,000 pounds) of Nutella from a parked truck, worth roughly $20,000. In previous hits, the thieves had stolen a truckload of Red Bull and coffee. Clearly, they were looking for an energy kick.
The heist occurred just weeks after “Nutellagate,” when it leaked that Columbia University had been forced to spend at least $5,000 a week on Nutella, an absurd amount because students were consuming more than 100 pounds of the spread daily. That total wasn’t just polite lawful snacking either. Students were stealing the stuff, sneaking it away to their dorms in soup containers.
Now we know what’ll be the currency of choice once the Apocalypse strikes.
3. You Can’t Name Your Kid Nutella
Maybe name your kid this, instead? Photo: @nutellaitalia / Instagram
Last year, parents in Valenciennes, France, had every interest in naming their kid Nutella, but were informed by a court that it could be “against the child’s interests,” after a registrar flagged the name request.
The parents were forced to choose a new name, due to the judge recognizing the name Nutella could “be the cause of mockery” and “could have a negative impact on the child." They ultimately went with the name Fraisine, which is debatably better.
4. There Is Such A Thing As Weed-Infused Nutella
Prepare to never be sober again. Photo: @shophenkennedy / Instagram
While this might not seem too surprising, given the historic popularity of pot brownies, it’s still nothing to scoff at. Made by Organicares, a medical marijuana dispensary in San Jose, Calif., and (perfectly) called “Nugtella,” the dope product swirls hash oil into the spread. It’s likely an epic combo, because what sounds better than chocolate and hazelnut when you’re high? Although this seems like a vicious cycle just waiting to happen.
5. Nutella Uses 25% Of The World’s Hazelnut Supply
Yes, they’re very nice, but they’d be nicer in a vat of Nutella. Photo: Arvydas Simbelis / Flickr
Doing the math, the large amount of hazelnuts needed doesn’t seem so ludicrous. At least 50 hazelnuts wind up in each 13-ounce jar of the good stuff, and 180 million kilograms (nearly 400 million pounds) get sold every year. Nutella’s maker, Ferrero Group, is easily the largest consumer of hazelnuts in the world, purchasing a quarter of the global supply.
6. Kinder Eggs, Ferrero Rocher, And Even Tic Tacs Are All Made By The Makers Of Nutella
Hmm, that lettering looks suspiciously similar. Photo: @jagerkat17 / Instagram
Ferrero is the maker of all of these wonderful, and occasionally banned creations. Makes you wonder why they haven’t yet created Nutella-flavored Tic Tacs, or placed a small toy in the middle of the Nutella jar (not that one needs the incentive to eat it quicker).
7. A Jar Of Nutella Is Sold Every 2.5 Seconds Across 75 Countries
But can you blame us?! Photo: @manundansle69 / Instagram
A human is born every 8 seconds. All of the Nutella sold in one year could be spread over more than 1,000 soccer fields. You could also circle the globe 1.4 times with the amount of Nutella produced in 2013. That’s how much we, as a global population, love Nutella.
Wikimedia Commons In early April, thieves in Germany made off with 5.5 tons of Nutella chocolate-hazelnut spread. Nutella enjoys somewhat of a cult following around the world, but it is more likely these bandits were after the stolen treat's $20,710 price tag.
5.5 Tons of Nutella Stolen and More News - Recipes
If you come across a large amount of fancy chocolate, the good kind with that slightly bitter taste, you may be inclined to count your blessings and start eating.
However, police in Germany have a message for you: report the chocolate immediately.
That’s because more than 20 tons of chocolate has been stolen from a refrigerated trailer in the town of Neustadt, just south of Frankfurt.
RELATED: Nutella recipes you need to try
The German paper Deutsche Well reports that the chocolate, which included Nutella kinder surprise eggs and other sweets, is valued at $80,000.
NPR reports police say the sweet loving thieves would have needed a truck or trailer of their own.
As in, a getaway car wouldn’t be enough to carry that amount of chocolate.
Police are also looking into another incident in a nearby town where fruit juice was stolen from a trailer.
It’s not clear if the robbers were after the juice and chocolate or the trailers.
Five Ingredient Brownies
Ingredients US Metric
- 1 cup store-bought chocolate hazelnut spread, such as Nutella
- 2 large eggs
- 4 tablespoons salted butter (2 oz), melted and cooled slightly
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C). Line an 8-by-8-inch (20-by-20-cm) baking pan with parchment paper, leaving a 1-inch (25-mm) overhang on 2 opposite sides.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the chocolate hazelnut spread, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla until smooth, about 1 minute.
Add the flour and mix just until combined, 1 to 2 minutes more. If desired, fold in the chocolate chips.
Evenly spread the mixture in the prepared baking pan. Bake until the brownies are just set and a tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes.
Cool the brownies in the pan for 5 minutes. Using the parchment paper overhang, remove the brownies from the pan and cool completely or slice and enjoy warm. The brownies may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.
Five Ingredient Nutella Brownies With Hazelnuts Variation
The hazelnut flavor in these brownies is actually somewhat mild. For more of that nutty flavor, it wouldn’t be wrong at all to toss 1/2 cup toasted, chopped hazelnuts into the batter along with—or instead of—the chocolate chips.
Recipe Testers' Reviews
Who would have thought to use Nutella as an ingredient in brownies. Well, it works!
These brownies couldn’t have been easier to whip up. They had a very rich chocolatey flavor and were moist and fudge-like and not cakey at all. There was only a hint of hazelnut flavor, as the chocolate flavor was the most dominant, probably because I added the chocolate chips. They also certainly didn’t need sugar in this recipe as they were plenty sweet on their own.
I used a 13.02 oz jar of Nutella, which came to 1 cup and Ghirardelli semisweet chocolate chips. I pulled the brownies out of the oven at 25 minutes with nice cracks developing on top and the toothpick came out clean with the exception of a bit of chocolate from the chocolate chips. The parchment paper sling worked perfectly to lift them out of the baking dish. I was a little concerned not having to oil the dish beforehand, but they didn’t stick at all in any of the exposed corners.
I got 9 nice big brownies from this batch. I served these with vanilla ice cream and heard nothing but raves! YUM.
I would like to say that daylight savings with a toddler is NOT fun and I had a Monday that consisted of leading a meeting at 8 am (and I did daycare drop off) and the day just unfolded into annoyance. So what does one do when they're tired and cranky? They bake brownies. These brownies are delicious, fudgy, and everything I needed on a Monday night. Easy to prepare and just as easy as preparing a box.
I did use the 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips because why not? It took me 30 seconds to get everything mixed well. Once I added the flour it took 15 seconds. Either the time at the gym is paying off or they were just guessing on their times?
It took 23 minutes to get a clean toothpick.
This would totally feed 9, but I like to “smidgen” my brownies so you could also get 18 tasty squares.
These 5 ingredient brownies are SO easy and, except for perhaps Nutella, it’s all ingredients that we all have on hand.
I followed the recipe exactly and I did use the chocolate chips.
The flavor was nice and chocolatey and we both thought they would be great with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt (which unfortunately we did not have!). The recipe makes 9 generous servings. There really is no excuse for not making these brownies. You will have an instant yummy dessert.
My name is Kim and I'm a Nutellaholic! I made this recipe 3 times and it just kept getting better and better. I love the recipe because I always have the ingredients in my cabinets at all times. It's quick and easy to mix up (the perfect recipe for my 8-year-old granddaughter to make without help). The flavor is great and the crumb is nice, not too moist and not too dry.
The first batch I made without the chocolate chips and it was good. The second batch I made with the chocolate chips and it was a better. The third time I made them I used a whole jar (13 ounces) of Nutella and 1/2 cup toasted hazelnuts. That batch was over-the-top delicious. This recipe is now a family favorite but they just don't last very long.
As for any change in taste or texture over time, I’ve no clue, because even with 3 batches they didn't last long enough to find out.
Having just 5 ingredients, taking no time at all, and coming out so tasty makes this a great recipe. The only downside is they get gobbled up too quickly. For me, this brownie is the perfect consistency and thickness. Some people mentioned they like a little thicker brownie but everybody loved the flavor.
I did not add the chocolate chips because I wanted to see how it would taste with only the hazelnut spread. Using the parchment paper to line the pan with the overhang is such a great way to get the brownies out. I used a pizza cutter to cut them. They cut beautifully, not sticky or crumbly like brownies can sometimes be.
I cut my brownies small so I had 12. I can’t comment on change of taste after time since they gone in 10 minutes.
Well, these 5 ingredient brownies are definitely an all-around winner as they are easy, quick, and delicious. I really appreciate there wasn't any added sugar, nor did they need it. My son loved them and has already asked me to make them again, and my co-workers made very short work of the rest (most came back for seconds and thirds).
Using a parchment "sling" for the pan alleviated any clean-up. Pretty perfect, if you ask me!
With all apologies to Charles M. Schultz, happiness is a Nutella brownie. I’ve had variations on this brownie before and this version is a WINNER. In my opinion, these are the perfect marriage of cakey and fudgy.
These brownies are super easy. Only one bowl is needed and they are in the oven in less than 15 minutes. You don’t even need to butter the pan although the parchment paper sling is a must.
I didn’t add the chocolate chips but I don’t think it would be bad at all, especially if you are a dark chocolate lover. These brownies are milky and sweet, so adding dark chocolate chips could add another level of flavor.
I baked them for 31 minutes. The tester came out clean and the top got all nice and crackly but the edges didn’t pull away from the sides.
Warm brownies are always good but these brownies stayed good. They got a bit fudgier as the days went on (I hid them from myself). And they really didn’t get stale as baked goods sometimes can.
There is basically no fault with these brownies. What’s even better is that I only used 10 ounces of the chocolate hazelnut spread, so that meant my spoon happily found its way into the jar while the brownies baked.
For chocolate and hazelnut lovers, this is the perfect recipe for brownies. They are fudgy with an intense Nutella flavor, not too sweet, and ready to bake in just 15 minutes. That's why it's a useful recipe, especially when you need a quick dessert.
If you resist the temptation of eating these all the same day, store them in an airtight container for up to 5 days as the brownies keep the original texture and flavor—according to my daughter, the taste improved over time! (I tasted the brownies on the same day, and after 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 days. I found the taste and texture remained intact.)
Ridiculously simple and perfectly delicious. This recipe is made in one bowl, literally comes together in minutes, and bakes delightfully in 25 minutes. The brownies are chewy and chocolatey.
I had Nutella left from a recipe I made a few weeks back and was excited to be able to use it. These can easily be cut into 12 to 16 bars. Make them smaller if you decide to top them with vanilla ice cream and hot fudge. Mixing times were spot on.
These brownies were quick and easy to make and weren't too sweet. It could be added to or changed with chopped nuts or cream and raspberry topping.
I used chocolate chips. My brownie rose more at the outside than in the centre. This meant that when cut the center pieces were quite thin. Next time I would make more mixture to make the center thicker—perhaps half as much more or double the mixture. I cut my brownie into 16 pieces, but clearly 9 pieces would be a more reasonable size for a brownie.
Loved this recipe as it's delicious and easy. The batter is easy to prepare, just a few ingredients. The brownies have the great taste of chocolate and hazelnuts but not too sweet. I
I did add chocolate chips but next time I will add toasted hazelnuts to the brownies.
I cut them into 16 servings but the brownies did not last 24 hours before they were devoured. There were no changes in texture noted during that short period.
Delicious and easy. Wouldn't change a thing. Tasted almost as good on day 4 as on baking day. Chocolate chips added a nice texture. Even my son who doesn't like Nutella loved these.
The recipe made 9 good-size brownies.
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These brownies are easy and excellent. They’re not overly chocolaty, even with chocolate chips added, because all the flavor is coming from the nutella. They’re still rich and delicious.
Officials said that while the cost for stocking the hazelnut spread was initially high – around $2,500 per week – it quickly dropped to $450 per week.
It was originally reported by Columbia’s Spectator newspaper that students were stealing $5,000 of the spread each week from the dining halls.
Heist: The thieves stole hundreds of jars of Nutella from a parked trailer in the central German town of Bad Hersfeld
Man Steals $75,000 Worth Of Campbell’s Soup
Campbell's Soup products stand on a store shelf
Soup is good food, according to the old Campbell’s Soup advertising campaign — so $75,000 worth of soup must be really good food.
Eusebio Diaz Acosta was arrested and charged with stealing a tractor trailer loaded with brothy goodnessbound for a Publix grocery store from a truck stop in Central Florida.
The police were able to track the truck and its Mm! Mm! Good cargo via the truck’s GPS system, and pulled over the stolen rig on the Florida Turnpike. That’s when Acosta, 51, was arrested and charged with two counts of grand theft — one each for the tractor trailer and the cargo, according to the Sun Sentinel. It’s unclear whether the suspect knew that the truck’s cargo was soup.
As he read from Acosta’s arrest report Monday morning, Broward County Judge John “Jay” Hurley noted, “The court has seen many things stolen. … This is the first time the court’s ever seen $75,000 worth of soup stolen.” Acosta is being held in the Broward County jail with a $25,000 bail.
This is the second large-scale food-related heist in the news lately. Recently someone in Germany stole 5.5 tons of chocolate-hazelnut spread from a parked trailer. While soup may be good food, Nutella is better, in NewsFeed’s opinion.
Holy Sh*t a Nutella Café Now Exists
Nutella fans, don't panic, but an entire café dedicated to your favorite chocolate-hazelnut spread is opening. It's called the Nutella Café (duh), and its menu features insane sweet and savory creations made mostly with the spread.
This will be the first restaurant owned and operated by Ferrero, the makers of Nutella. Even better? It's permanent, not just a pop-up tease.
The menu includes dreamy sweets like Nutella gelato, Nutella croissants, Nutella pancakes, and Nutella French Toast. There's even Nutella affogato, which I can't stop thinking about. Here's the full menu:
The dreamy shop opens in Chicago on May 31, and if you're one of the first 400 guests to arrive you'll receive
. TBD what the special surprises are, but here's hoping it's a lifetime supply of Nutella.
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What are monster cookies?
Classic monster cookies are naturally gluten free (yay!), made with peanut butter and oats, and no traditional flour. They’re big, thick, and chewy and packed chocolate chips and M&Ms (which are gluten free in the U.S.).
I love the idea of making any recipe that is naturally flourless since it should be naturally gluten free. But when I tried making any of the recipes out there for monster cookies, I was really disappointed to find that they just didn’t hold together very well.
If I hadn’t already developed a lot of flourless recipes, and seen how good they could be, I might have been satisfied with those crumbly monster cookie recipes. But we’re gluten free, and we know that there’s always a better way (amiright?)…
I’ve been baking more and more with oat flour, so I know how useful it can be. Unlike most monster cookie recipes, our monster cookies are made with a combination of old-fashioned rolled oats, plus oats ground into flour.
That’s what makes the biggest difference, and gives us more of a traditional thick and chewy cookie texture in these amazing Nutella monster cookies.
Swiss Say Nazis Stole More Victim Gold Than Believed
Swiss historians said today that the amount of gold stolen from concentration camp prisoners and other victims of Nazi Germany was much higher than previously assumed by other experts -- totaling some $146 million at 1945 prices.
The Swiss study, which came on the eve of the first major international conference on the Nazi gold affair, was said by its authors to be the first to trace gold transactions by the Nazi central bank, or Reichsbank. No previous study had given a figure, which amounts to $1.3 billion today.
The report said a much larger proportion of the gold that went through Nazi coffers during World War II -- around one-sixth -- was so-called victim gold, as opposed to gold looted from central banks or acquired from German reserves.
It also said Swiss private banks had received three times more Nazi bullion -- some $61.2 million at wartime values, or $550 million in today's terms -- than they had previously acknowledged. But it did not say how that gold was used or what became of it.
The 23-page Swiss report, issued in Bern and made available here, was researched by a commission of historians appointed last year under international pressure to study the entire range of Switzerland's relationships with Nazi Germany.
The disclosures are certain to strengthen assertions by American Jewish groups and Holocaust survivors that efforts over the last year to provide restitution have produced far smaller sums than Hitler's victims lost. The new figures are also likely to revive criticism that Swiss bankers showed no scruples in dealing with Nazi Germany in gold known to have been stolen.
Similar assertions concerning victim gold were made in May in a United States study overseen by Stuart E. Eizenstat, the leading State Department official involved in hunting down the looted gold and using it to benefit Holocaust survivors.
But while the Eizenstat report spoke of victim gold melted down and traded as bullion from the German central bank, it did not quantify the amount, United States officials said.
Mr. Eizenstat told reporters here today that the Swiss disclosure ''goes beyond what was in our report'' and showed the seriousness of recent Swiss efforts to confront a wartime past that was long hidden behind a national myth of hostility to Nazi Germany.
The 41-nation London conference, which starts on Tuesday, represents a milestone in almost two years of efforts by Jewish groups and the Clinton Administration to trace Nazi gold so that restitution can finally be paid to the hundreds of thousands of Holocaust survivors -- particularly in Eastern Europe -- who have so far received no compensation.
But just one day before the conference opening, Britain, the host country, came under an unaccustomed spotlight because of its own record in tracing and repaying Jewish assets from the Nazi era held in its banks. Israeli delegates expressed astonishment at the failure of the British Government to produce a long-promised report in time for delegates to study it.
At the gathering, a new fund based on gold still held by the United States, France and Britain is expected to be announced, in addition to a $190 million fund for Holocaust survivors set up by Switzerland this year.
The Swiss National Bank acknowledged more than a decade ago that its officers must have known they were dealing in gold looted by the Nazis from central banks, but Swiss officials have bridled at suggestions that Switzerland knowingly dealt in gold, including dental fillings, stolen from Jews sent to death camps.
The Swiss commission was created after years of stinging criticism, particularly from the World Jewish Congress in New York, that Switzerland should acknowledge its wartime financial practices that some American specialists believe helped prolonged the war.
The conference is a result of United States and British pressure on other countries to provide their own accounting of their wartime behavior by declassifying archives and answering some questions evoked by the Swiss report: Where and how did Nazi Germany obtain its gold, and what did it do with it?
Part of that answer is already known. In 1946, the United States, Britain and France formed the Tripartite Gold Commission, which gathered some 335 tons of Nazi gold from Germany and those parts of Europe that Hitler had conquered.
Most of that gold has been returned to European central banks -- even though it included gold stolen from Holocaust victims, other individuals and businesses, according to recently declassified documents in the United States National Archives.
But some 5.5 tons of that gold -- worth around $55 million at today's prices -- still languishes in the vaults of the United States Federal Reserve and the Bank of England. The British Foreign Secretary, Robin Cook, announced on Friday in Warsaw that he wanted the gold to provide the basis for the new fund for Holocaust survivors.
The Swiss report today estimated that from September 1939 to June 1945, Germany's Central Bank acquired or disposed of some $909 million worth of gold at wartime prices -- roughly $8.2 billion at today's prices and exchange rates.
Of that amount, just over half was looted directly from the central banks of the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Hungary, Italy and other occupied countries -- in addition to gold taken from Austria and Czechoslovakia before the war.
Under the category ''private gold,'' the Swiss historians said $71.8 million dollars had been accumulated under German decrees that all German citizens and citizens of occupied countries sell gold to the state.
Additionally, the report estimated that $2.5 million at wartime values -- and possibly up to $4 million -- flowed through the so-called Melmer Account, a system established by an SS officer, Bruno Melmer, charged with channeling gold coins, jewelry and other items stolen from Jews in concentration camps.
On top of that, the Swiss report said a further $71.7 million worth of stolen gold also passed through the Nazi Central Bank, including gold taken from concentration camp victims, and gold bought illicitly in a trade with jewelry stolen from Jews.
The American delegation, led by Mr. Eizenstat, wants the gathering to mark a broadening of efforts to trace a full range of assets. ''We think that this should not simply be a research exercise, but that it ought to have the effect in the months thereafter of crystallizing and galvanizing the effort to do greater justice to those who suffered the most,'' Mr. Eizenstat said in telephone interview last week.