Monday, February 6, 2012

February 6: Frozen Yogurt Day and Nutella Day

Frozen Yogurt Day

Frozen Yogurt seems to be all the rage these days.  There are so many frozen yogurt places - it seems like there's a new one popping up every other day.  I remember how excited my friend was when Red Mango opened up near him and how he was thrilled when Pinkberry moved into town, too.  Doing a little reading on frozen yogurt, it amused me to read that in 2007 not everyone was happy about frozen yogurt moving in.  And in 2009, the competitors were doing their best to one-up one another.   But whether you call it FroYo or  you prefer your frozen yogurt in pop form, why early February?  Isn't this another day that would be better suited for summer?

Nutella Day

Ah, Nutella.  A chocolatey, hazelnut spread that some believe is essential for a healthy breakfast.  I don't consider it healthy, per se, but it does make for a tasty dessert.  (Sorry- anything that has sugar as the first ingredient I'm not going to consider healthy.)   If you're craving sugar while camping, you can even get a small packet of Nutella (pictured here with a penny for size comparison.)  In fact, one of my favorite memories of camping is associated with Nutella.  Carlsbad Caverns, NM, a bunch of us sitting around a small fire that had taken us forever to even get lit, with the weather so cold our juice froze overnight.  Someone brought out tortillas, Nutella, and marshmallows.  We spread the Nutella on the tortilla, sprinkled in the mini-marhsmallows, folded the tortilla in half, and cooked it over the fire until the marshmallows and Nutella became a gooey mess.  Improvised s'mores, really.

  Maybe it was the cold, maybe it was the camaraderie, but that combination of tortilla, Nutella, and marshmallows earned an instant spot in my file of Must Make Again and Again Camp Desserts.

By the way, if you love Nutella, you can enter to win a case of it.  A case.  That's a lot of Nutella.

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