Can You Microwave Nutella? (Answered)

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Most people are familiar with Nutella, the hazelnut and chocolate spread that can be used in a variety of recipes or simply enjoyed on its own. One of the most common questions about Nutella is whether or not it can be microwaved.

The answer is yes, you can microwave Nutella if you need to melt it for a recipe. This method is quick and easy, and it allows you to control the thickening and thinning of the spread. One tablespoon of Nutella will be spreadable after being microwaved for 20 seconds. If you need it to be a smooth liquid, microwaving it for 60 seconds should do the trick.

While there are benefits to microwaving Nutella, there are also some dangers to consider. The most significant danger is the risk of burning or seizing the spread if it’s not heated properly. Always use a microwave-safe container and heat in 20-second bursts while stirring frequently to avoid this.

Fortunately, Nutella is a much more forgiving spread than other chocolate products when it comes to microwaving. This means that it will be less likely to burn or seize as long as you follow the above advice.

If you’re not sure whether or not your container is microwave safe, it’s always best to use a glass or ceramic dish. Avoid using plastic containers, as most types of plastic can be melted and damaged by the high temperatures produced in microwaves.

How Long Does It Take to Melt Nutella in the Microwave?

The exact amount of time it takes to microwave Nutella will depend on a few different factors, but generally speaking, 20 seconds is all it takes to turn a spoonful of Nutella into a spreadable liquid. At the 1-minute mark, most people find that it has become very smooth and is able to pour out with ease.

If this is the first time you’re microwaving Nutella, you may want to consider heating it in shorter intervals to avoid over-melting. This means that you should start by microwaving for 10 seconds, stirring well, and then microwaving for another 10 seconds. Keep repeating this process until the Nutella has melted to your desired texture.

How to Microwave Nutella: Step-by-Step Guide

Now that you know it’s safe to microwave Nutella, here’s a step-by-step guide for doing so:

  1. Place a spoonful of Nutella in a microwave-safe dish. A glass or ceramic bowl is the best option. If you use a plastic container, make sure it is specifically labelled as microwave safe.
  2. Cover the container with a microwave-safe lid or plate. This will help to prevent the Nutella from drying out.
  3. Put the container in the microwave and microwave on high in 20-second bursts.
  4. After each burst, check and stir the Nutella. Repeat until the Nutella is melted to your desired consistency.
  5. Once you’re done, use the melted Nutella right away. Don’t let it sit in the container for too long as it may start to harden again.

Other Ways to Melt Nutella

If for some reason you can’t or don’t want to use a microwave, there are other ways that you can melt Nutella. Here are a few of the most common methods:

1. Using a hot water bath: Place the jar of Nutella in a bowl of hot water and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. This will slowly soften the spread, and you can stir it until it reaches the desired consistency.

2. Using a hot knife or spoon: Heat a knife or spoon in hot water, then use it to stir the Nutella. This method is great if you want to scoop out small amounts of Nutella at a time. For example, to use it as a topping for ice cream.

3. Using a double boiler: Place the jar of Nutella in a double boiler and heat over low heat. Stir regularly until the Nutella is melted and smooth. Although this method is the gentlest and safest, it also takes the longest. For most recipes, it’s not necessary to use a double boiler as you won’t notice much difference in the end result.

How to Store Melted Nutella

Once your Nutella has melted, it’s best to use it right away. This is because reheating can change the flavor and texture of the spread, as well as create a less pleasant aftertaste.

But if you’re not able to use it all at once, you can store the leftover melted Nutella in an airtight container in the pantry. Don’t return it to its original jar, as the leftover Nutella will likely harden once it cools and make it difficult to use again.

Before using the Nutella again, you’ll have to warm it up. This can be done by any of the methods mentioned above.

How to Use Melted Nutella

If you need some inspiration on how to use melted Nutella, you’re in luck! There are a number of delicious and creative ways to use this silky spread.

  1. Drizzle it over ice cream, waffles or crepes.
  2. Use it as a dip for fresh fruit, pretzels or cookie.
  3. Make a Nutella milkshake by blending milk, Nutella, and ice cream together.
  4. Create a Nutella sundae by topping your favorite ice cream with Nutella sauce and whipped cream.
  5. Make a Nutella banana split by splitting a banana lengthwise and filling the middle with Nutella sauce and your favorite toppings.
  6. Use it as a filling for crepes or pancakes.
  7. Swirl it into oatmeal or yogurt for a delicious breakfast treat.
  8. Spread it on toast for a quick and easy snack.
  9. Make Nutella French toast by dipping bread in an egg/milk mixture and then frying it in Nutella.
  10. Top your morning oatmeal with melted Nutella instead of syrup for a chocolatey breakfast treat.

Troubleshooting Tip

People often find that after melting Nutella, it quickly returns to a thick, hard consistency. And since multiple heating and cooling cycles can change the flavor and texture of Nutella, it’s best to avoid this. Two methods that I always recommend to avoid this are:

Adding Oil

One of the easiest ways to liquify Nutella is to add a bit of oil to it. The best oils to use are olive oil or canola oil, but any type of vegetable oil will work. Just add a few drops after melting the Nutella and stir until it’s a smooth consistency. This will keep the Nutella from hardening again and make it easier to spread.

Mixing with Chocolate Syrup

Another way to liquefy Nutella is by adding chocolate syrup. This will thin out the consistency while also giving it a little extra flavor. Just add a few tablespoons after melting the Nutella and stir until everything is combined. This will make a delicious chocolatey dipping sauce that’s perfect for fruits or pretzels.

Final Thought

No matter which method you choose, it’s important to keep an eye on your Nutella while it’s melting. Nutella will scorch very easily and can become lumpy if you overheat it. So, make sure to keep stirring it often to avoid this.

And that’s it! Now you know all about melting Nutella in the microwave and other ways to do so. So, go ahead and start experimenting with different recipes. Enjoy!