If you’ve been a fan of Nutella, you probably know how delicious it is when you spread it on bread or use for recipes, like frosting and cheesecake. However, it’s gooey goodness can’t be enjoyed if it’s all hard and tough. If you like to melt Nutella in a pinch, then you come to the right place.
A hard Nutella is what I usually get when I place its jar inside the fridge. Sometimes the cold temperature in my kitchen can solidify the consistency of my chocolate spread. Since the difficulty of spreading it to bread give me a problem, I scoured the internet for some easy and fast measures in melting it.
What You’ll Need
Of course, the first thing you’ll need for this tutorial is a jar of Nutella which has become difficult to spread. As you already know, Nutella is a brand of chocolate spread produced by the Italian company, Ferrero. Several ingredients that make up this wonderful product include cocoa, hazelnuts, and milk.
If you want to know how to make your own Nutella, watch this video.
I usually store my Nutella in the refrigerator to extend its shelf-life. This explains why I always deal with hard Nutella each time I need it. Although you can leave the jar at room temperature to soften, it takes a lot of time.
For Method 1
- BUTTER KNIFE
- HOT BEVERAGE
A butter knife is often made with a saber shape and a sharp-pointed tip. As its name implies, this dining tool is used to serve out the butter. For this method, you’ll not use it for butter but for melting a jar of Nutella.
Also, the butter knife can work in scooping your Nutella out from the jar and spreading it on the bread. Alternatively, you can use a stainless steel spoon if you have no butter knife available.
To warm your butter knife, you’ll need a hot beverage to dip into it. You can use your hot cup of beverage. I usually use coffee because I’m a coffee drinker, but you can also try other hot beverages, like tea and cocoa.
For Method 2
- MICROWAVE-SAFE BOWL
- PLASTIC WRAP (OPTIONAL)
You’ll need a microwave-safe bowl if you want to melt your Nutella inside the microwave oven. The bowl will serve as the container where you’ll place your Nutella while heating. You’ll want your bowl to be identified as microwave-safe if you don’t want any chemicals leaching into your food.
As possible, use a glass bowl, as it’s known to resist extreme heat. If you must use a plastic container, make sure that it’s BPA-free so your food is safe from chemicals.
A spoon comes very handy when you’ll be scooping the Nutella out from the jar. You’ll also need it when you’ll be stirring the Nutella after it’s heated in the microwave. The stirring motion will even out the temperature of the chocolate spread.
If you want to prevent the Nutella to create a mess inside your microwave, you can use a plastic wrap to cover the bowl. Make sure that the plastic wrap is durable and can endure high temperatures without melting. Alternatively, you can use any available lid you have in your kitchen as long as it fits your bowl.
For Method 3
- HOT WATER
What is a hot water method without hot water right? You can use the hot water from the thermos or you can boil water in a kettle. The amount of water should be enough to fill your choice of bowl halfway or a bit more.
You’ll need a heat-proof bowl to fill your water and slightly submerge your Nutella jar. What I usually use is stainless steel or tempered glass. I guess you can use a plastic bowl since the Nutella is kept inside the jar.
Again, you’ll need a spoon to stir the Nutella. This will even out the temperature and melt the Nutella thoroughly. Alternatively, you can use a butter knife or a fork instead of a spoon.
Method 1: Melting With A Butter Knife
If you want some melted Nutella for your bread or toast, then using a hot butter knife is a great method. I usually do this during breakfast with a cup of my favorite coffee.
1. Dip The Butter Knife
To begin, prepare your hot drink: coffee, tea, or cocoa. While your beverage is hot, dip the butter knife or place it on top of the cup until it’s heated through. This usually takes a couple of minutes.
Once your knife is heated through, take it out from the cup. Gently cut the amount of Nutella you want and spread it on your toast. If the Nutella becomes stiff again, return the knife back into your warm cup.
Method 2: Nuking In The Microwave
If you’re in a pinch to melt a large amount of Nutella, then the microwave is your best bet. It’s important to note though that the Nutella might turn out to be a bit more liquidy.
1. Scoop Out Some Nutella
From a jar of Nutella, use your spoon to scoop out the desired amounts for your bread or recipe. Place the Nutella in the microwave-safe bowl of your choice. At this point, you may cover the bowl with a plastic wrap to prevent any spills.
2. Microwave For 15 Seconds
Now, heat the Nutella in the microwave. This usually takes about 15 seconds, but if the Nutella is still tough, heat it for 10 seconds more. Repeat as necessary until it reaches the right consistency.
3. Stir And Use
Once it reaches your desired consistency, take it out from the microwave.
To distribute the heat evenly, stir the Nutella with a spoon. Use the Nutella as you prefer.
Method 3: Hot Water Bath
If all you need is the entire jar of Nutella, then the hot water bath is a great method. It may be an easy method but it takes a longer time as compared to other methods.
1. Prepare The Bowl
To begin, put hot water into the bowl. Fill the bowl halfway, and not full or you’ll end with water spilling over your working surface.
2. Put The Nutella Jar In The Bowl
Once the bowl is filled with water, put the Nutella jar. Let the jar sit for about five minutes to melt the contents inside. After five minutes have passed, open the jar and check if the Nutella is melted.
If the Nutella is still hard, stir it with your spoon. Return the Nutella jar back into the bowl and let it sit for another three minutes. Stir again to reach desired consistency.
- When melting the Nutella in the microwave, try stirring the jar of Nutella with a spoon before you heat it. The friction caused by the stirring motion will melt the spread a little.
- Resist the urge to microwave Nutella in its jar because it can erupt in your microwave. Remember to use a microwave-safe bowl.
- Always stir your Nutella from time to time. This doesn’t only even out the temperature but it can also prevent the chocolate spread from getting too grainy.
Did you enjoy learning how to melt Nutella in three methods? Thanks to these methods, I can already use this chocolate spread even if it’s hard from the fridge. All you need are some hot sources, like a hot cup of beverage, microwave, or a hot bowl of water.
If you have done melting Nutella using any of these methods, tell us the results in the comments section. Don’t be shy to share this article with your friends if you like it.