Dear Nutella

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I wrote about the 3 things I love about the baby’s first year at Everyday Family. Have a read if you have time? Thank you!

Dear Nutella,


Congratulations. You have gained a new fan.

He is only 3 years old, so I think you can count on at least another 30 years of loyalty.

His love for you is hard to dispute when he eats you right out of the jar. That’s his preferred method, but we’ve convinced him that you’re still yummy when sitting on a slice of bread.

He usually hates anything on bread (plain and simple kinda guy), but for you, he’ll tolerate a spread. For that, I thank you.

Wait, says the nutritionists, and the crunchy Mamas, how could I possibly be thanking you, essentially liquid chocolate – aren’t you in the ‘bad food’ category?

Maybe so. But whenΒ you have a picky eater, and he finally succumbs to the spell of you, enough to tolerate something on his precious plain bread, then yes, I thank you.

You see, this is the first step to even more exciting and yes, healthier spread options. And who knows? It may open more doors to actual food. Like fruit and vegetables. His menu will go beyond, gasp, 10 items.

Getting him to try something new has always been a challenge. Choosing what he eats is one way he exerts his independence. Breaking down the barrier of, “Look, not everything unfamiliar tastes bad,” we realized, is key to getting him to a better diet.

So we started with you, Nutella. Who could resist you? (Okay, some people hate you – let’s not go there.)

Well, my son did. At first. For three whole days, he said no.

I don’t know how many rejected Nutella sandwiches I ate (probably a fair few, and I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy them), but if that’s the price to pay to get my very stubborn son to try something new, I’m happy to pay it.

Thank you, Nutella.


Your #2 fan (#1 being Monkey)

I wish I didn’t have to write a disclaimer, saying don’t hate me for feeding my son Nutella, but I feel like I need to say it: Don’t hate me for feeding my son Nutella. Thank you.

Tell me – Nutella, aye or nay?

Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • February 4, 2013 AnnMarie

    I am running out tomorrow to get some. I have that picky eater you are talking about and I never even thought of trying this. I bet we’ll have a #3 and #4 fan when all is said and done. I’m glad you found something Monkey likes. Gia loves strawberries but only when they are drowned in chocolate. What are you gonna do? I need her to eat something. πŸ™‚
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    • February 11, 2013 Alison

      Right? We do what we need to do. Did it work? The Nutella?

  • February 4, 2013 Kim

    Yay for new foods! πŸ™‚

    I don’t have it often, but I am an-eat-it-from-the-jar kind of girl if it’s in the cupboard. I also love it spread on toast or a wedge of French bread.
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    • February 11, 2013 Alison

      It’s made to be eat-in-from-the-jar!

  • February 4, 2013 Katie

    Eddie and Cort LOVE Nutella. I think it is nasty.

    Well, it’s good for a lick off the knife, but the idea of chocolate on bread is gross to me. It just tastes…wrong.
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    • February 11, 2013 Alison

      I’m not sure that we can still be friends.
      Joking. πŸ™‚

  • February 4, 2013 tracy

    I asked this on my FB page a few weeks ago because I hate this stuff so much. My kids love it though.
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    • February 11, 2013 Alison

      I’ll still love you, Nutella-hater.

  • February 4, 2013 Jessica

    Can you believe I’ve never tried Nutella?
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    • February 11, 2013 Alison

      Shut the front door.

  • February 4, 2013 Kimberly

    I’m one of those odd ones who doesn’t like Nutella. Then again, I’m also not a fan of chocolate either.

    Yay for getting him to try new foods!
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    • February 11, 2013 Alison

      I’ll forgive the non-love of chocolate. Only because you’re awesome. πŸ™‚

  • February 4, 2013 My Inner Chick

    I Looooove Nutella.

    In fact, I eat it right out to fhe jar with a spoon when nobody is looking…

    Shhh. Don’t tell. Xxx
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    • February 11, 2013 Alison

      Your secret is safe with me. πŸ™‚

  • February 4, 2013 Tracie

    I love Nutella so very much. It is wonderful.
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    • February 11, 2013 Alison

      You, me and Monkey three.

  • February 4, 2013 thedoseofreality

    I feel very strongly that when you have a picky eater, you will do just about anything to get them to eat! I say bravo mama and keep up the good work! πŸ™‚
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    • February 11, 2013 Alison

      I’m glad you agree!!! And thank you.

  • February 4, 2013 Ado

    I’m a definite Yay in the Nutella debate. I say it’s PACKED full o’ nutrients, merely because it’s the one item Ella will eat at breakfast time! (-:
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    • February 11, 2013 Alison

      Yay, fellow Nutella Mom!

  • February 4, 2013 The Dose of Reality

    Nutella looks and sounds delicious. You won’t get judgement from me!
    My husband and son are nut allergic, so we’ve never had it in the house.
    It’s just as well, it looks like something I’d become addicted to!
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    • February 11, 2013 Alison

      I’m sorry they’re allergic πŸ™

  • February 4, 2013 Vanita

    i would eat it out of the jar too! but now that we know Damian has a nut allergy, I don’t buy it anymore. However, while snooping around the teen’s room a few weeks ago, looking for old coloring books to let the preschoolers “borrow” I learned that my older teen has a nutella stash! I was shocked! and then i had some. eh, at least she’s keeping it where damian can’t find it. Nutella is yummy and i think spreading it on a slice of bread is a better snack than a bag of chips. it is absolutely yummy on apples! and celery! seriously. celery and nutella. yum.
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    • February 11, 2013 Alison

      That’s interesting, celery and Nutella. Good way to try and get him to eat something green.

  • February 4, 2013 Blond Duck

    Now I want peanut butter.
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    • February 11, 2013 Alison

      Grab a spoon!

  • February 4, 2013 sarah

    um, so, my kids will get the nutella jar down from the cabinet and just go at it with spoons. At least, I’ve found them like that before πŸ™‚ it’s all good. glad he’s branching out and trying new things! yay for that!
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    • February 11, 2013 Alison

      If Monkey could reach the Nutella where we’ve purpose;y stashed it so he can’t reach it, he would most definitely be eating it out of a jar, and I would most certainly catch him at it. πŸ™‚

  • February 4, 2013 KalleyC

    No judgment here. If that gets your little man to eat something on bread, I say go with it. There is enough for us to worry about, than for us to worry about what other people are feeding their children. I hope he Will can able to explore the world of stuff spread on bread.
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    • February 11, 2013 Alison

      Exactly – why worry about someone else’s parenting right? πŸ™‚

  • February 4, 2013 JDaniel4's Mom

    My son likes it too. I am so glad you are not left with extra sandwiches now. He sounds like he is eating as many as he is served.
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    • February 11, 2013 Alison

      He asks for second servings!

  • February 4, 2013 Carolyn

    I’ve never had Nutella. Seriously.
    And no judgement here, as Moms we do what we have to.
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    • February 11, 2013 Alison

      No. This needs to be rectified. Immediately.

  • February 5, 2013 Natalie

    Oh those toddlers…whatever it takes to get them to eat! So yay for Nutella!
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    • February 11, 2013 Alison

      Oh yes, whatever. It. Takes.

  • February 5, 2013 Elisabeth

    We love Nutella in this house and frequently put it in homemade crepes for breakfast. So yummy! I also like to dip my strawberries in it!

    • February 11, 2013 Alison

      Yay, fellw Nutella household!

  • February 5, 2013 adrienne

    Would you belieive me if I told you I have never even tried Nutella? Everyone seems ot be crazy about it. I might have to break down. That last thing I need another vice…I’ll keep you posted.
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    • February 11, 2013 Alison

      You’re not alone, a bunch of people here have never tried it!

  • February 5, 2013 Runnermomjen

    Ha! Why would anyone hate you for feeding your son Nutella?! I always give it to my kids. It’s delicious! One of my kids is SOOO picky too! I’m so glad when he tries anything new!
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    • February 11, 2013 Alison

      Oh I don’t know, it’s not healthy, it’s chocolate/ junk food etc. You never know. πŸ™‚

  • February 5, 2013 Elaine A.

    No Nutella fans around here. Well except for me, but it has too much sugar for me to eat it regularly. Sugar and I are NOT friends. Well, we are, but you know what i mean…. πŸ˜‰ Glad you got him to try something new! YAY!! πŸ˜€
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    • February 11, 2013 Alison

      I know, I have to stop myself from eating it out of a jar every day. πŸ™‚

  • February 5, 2013 Missy

    No disclaimer needed (I do it, too, but we really, really must stop that, right? Sure, there are some who are exceptions – very few, really – but overwhelmingly, the people we know/read are good mothers and we don’t need to explain ourselves!).

    As for Nutella, or any similar spread like Justin’s Nut Butters, I can’t keep it in the house – I like it as much as the kids do and I eat it all.

    Glad you found something Monkey likes & hope it is your gateway food to some new menu items!
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    • February 11, 2013 Alison

      Yes, about the disclaimer. You just never know who reads your blog, right? I wouldn’t want to be called out because I would hate to fight them and it’d all be ugly – oh you know.

      I was gifted a jar of Speculoos spread and I hoarded it like it was gold. It was from France because it’s not available in Malaysia. I nearly cried when we finished it.

  • February 5, 2013 Leighann

    I love Nutella but we can’t eat it because of my daughters allergy.
    You have amazing patience when it comes to food. Good for you for taking baby steps and approaching his pickiness delicately.
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    • February 11, 2013 Alison

      I”m sorry about the allergy. πŸ™
      We have to be patient, we’re worried about the lack of nutrition, so you know, whatever it takes!

  • February 5, 2013 Anu

    If only there was a way to spread it on broccoli then i’d buy shares in the company. sadly with my picky eater, bread is the easy part. but heaven forbid a green vegetable passes her lips!

    • February 11, 2013 Alison

      Someone said try it on celery!

  • February 5, 2013 Christine

    Sadly I can’t eat Nutella because I’m allergic to nuts. I so know what you mean about being happy when a picky eater WILL eat something. Same thing in our house with our 3 year old. I mean, we’re about ready to give him a caramel apple in order to get him to try an apple. Yeah, he won’t eat real fruit.
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    • February 11, 2013 Alison

      Caramel apple is still an apple.
      We do what we have to.

  • February 5, 2013 Robin

    Nutella is not the devil, so yay!
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    • February 11, 2013 Alison

      It’s the opposite of devil, yay!

  • February 5, 2013 Alma

    oh hell yes!
    my kids are picky eaters too. For me you have to do what works within reason and compromise without guilt. Nutella is fine for him. If it works do it. We love it in our house.
    Pass the Nutella please!

    • February 11, 2013 Alison

      Yay for Nutella!!

  • February 5, 2013 ilene

    You have no idea how much I LOVE that you wrote a love letter to Nutella! I let my kids put chocolate spread on their bread. Because sometimes, it just has to be like that!
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    • February 11, 2013 Alison

      Yes, sometimes, it does have to be just like that. πŸ™‚

  • February 5, 2013 Victoria KP

    Oh, you won’t get any judgement from me. We love the stuff, especially on graham crackers!
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    • February 11, 2013 Alison

      Chocolatey, crunch – win win!

  • February 5, 2013 Amanda Jillian

    I really need to try this stuff huh?
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  • February 5, 2013 kaen

    I can’t stand when other moms pick each other apart. If your son is eating, enjoying his food and getting nutrients, who cares what he is eating. good for you for finding something he likes. Getting our kids to eat sometimes is a tough job.
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    • February 11, 2013 Alison

      It is definitely a JOB. Thank you for the support!

  • February 5, 2013 TOI

    in italy there used to an add that went like “Che mondo sarebbe senza Nutella?” – what world would be without Nutella?
    I love nutella. I know why my thighs are still chubby… nutella, and I wish I was your three year old which can eat without any worry πŸ™‚
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    • February 11, 2013 Alison

      He is definitely on the skinny side πŸ™‚
      I love the Italian phrase!

  • February 5, 2013 Leslie

    I have a total love/hate relationship with nutella. I love it so much that I hate having it in the house! Though this makes me wonder if it would get T to like peanut butter…perhaps it could be an exercise for both of us; experimentation on her part and restraint on mine! Glad to know that you’ve found a way to get Monkey to try new things.
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    • February 11, 2013 Alison

      Worth a try, yes?

  • I’m forever gratefull to Nutella. When NΒ°1 was 18 months she had to stay in the hospital with pneumonia and wouldn’t touch any of the hospital food, except for toast with Nutella. I’m convinced she owns her life to that liquid chocolate.
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    • February 11, 2013 Alison

      Nutella IS a lifesaver.

  • February 5, 2013 Lady Jennie

    And Nutella on whole grain bread is even worthier!! Sometimes I can pull that one off.
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    • February 11, 2013 Alison

      Oh yes, only whole grain in this house!

  • February 5, 2013 Tracy

    Hey, Nutella isn’t all bad! Compare it to peanut butter nutritionally. At least that is my justification πŸ™‚ Sometimes getting picky eaters to eat is what it is all about. My grandson loves it and it is always at Grandma’s house πŸ™‚

    • February 11, 2013 Alison

      I figure it’s better than nothing. You’re a great grandma.

  • February 5, 2013 Julie

    What’s funny is that Nutella has been around forever, and all of a sudden it’s like, the “It” spread. Peanut Butter is SO pissed about this.
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    • February 11, 2013 Alison

      Hah! I’ve loved it forever. Peanut butter is still around in my house though. I love both.

  • February 5, 2013 Poppy

    I can’t keep it in the house because it disappears so fast. My parents buy it for the kids to have chocolate sandwiches at their house!
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    • February 11, 2013 Alison

      Grandparents trying to one up you, eh? πŸ™‚

  • February 6, 2013 Greta

    Dude. If it gets the kid to eat, spread it on a ham sandwich.

    (You’re not getting any nutella negativity from me!)

    • February 11, 2013 Alison

      Nutella Negativity, I like that!

      (we don’t eat ham, but we will spread it on whatever else, even cheese if we have to)

  • February 6, 2013 Nina

    Not a fan! I feel like I’m alone. There is, however, a pure chocolate spread that’s popular in Israel. YUM!

    • February 11, 2013 Alison

      You’re not alone. a bunch of commenters up top have never tried it, nor are they interested. Meh. πŸ™‚

  • February 6, 2013 Nina

    Loved the post about the baby’s first year too! It’s such a hard year so it’s nice to focus on the good stuff, too. I’d leave the comment there, but they make it kind of hard. πŸ™

    • February 11, 2013 Alison

      Thanks for reading!

  • February 6, 2013 Kristen

    I am not a fan of Nutella but I do love the new combo of chocolate and peanut butter that some of the popular brands are coming out with. I also love Cookie Butter from Trader Joe’s. That is definitely a weakness for me!
    Glad Monkey is adding to his likes. It takes them a while, sometimes! I feel like I’m still trying to get Ash to like things and she is going to be 11 years old in a month!
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    • February 11, 2013 Alison

      Cookie Butter! Are you kidding me??

  • February 6, 2013 Rach (DonutsMama)

    I’m a Nutella junkie. Hence I cannot keep it in my house!
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    • February 11, 2013 Alison

      I know, it’s too tempting, I have to restrain myself. πŸ™‚

  • February 7, 2013 Kristin

    Tried Nutella once. I am not a fan. Which weird because I usually love chocolate. And hazlenut. Huh…
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    • February 11, 2013 Alison

      Huh. That IS weird.

  • February 7, 2013 Jessica

    I used to be so big on Nutella. But now I just haven’t found a reason to buy it. My girls are pretty good eaters, however. My oldest is a bit more picky, but she’s learning that when it comes to mealtime, mommy doesn’t play around. lol. πŸ™‚
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    • February 11, 2013 Alison

      Mom and Dad don’t play around here either. But we have one stubborn little boy.

  • February 9, 2013 Dani

    Don’t think of it as chocolate spread. It’s hazlenut butter with cocoa in it. And honestly, when I have time and inclination to make it myself, there’s only hazlenuts, cocoa and a little oil in the stuff and it vanishes just as fast as the bought stuff.

    • February 11, 2013 Alison

      I can get behind homemade Nutella!

  • February 12, 2013 Lili

    Oh Allison, I totally can relate! My little girl used to be like that too, and she’s so in love with Nutella until now! In my healthy world, that should be out of menu but when you’re dealing with a picky eater, sometime you just have to be happy when they actually eat something!

    Anyway I love your writing. I have been a secret admirer for awhile but I thought I want to say something now. Your boys are so adorable and their mommy is fabulous!

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    • February 12, 2013 Alison

      Thank you Lili, for your support and kind words!

      And thank you for reading and commenting, always appreciated πŸ™‚

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