Merenda, The Other Nutella

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Jenn, the Leftover Queen just posted a cupcake that contained dates and Nutella. You know, that chocolate spread in a jar that you secretly eat spoonfuls of? Yeah, that choocolate spread.

Not to be left out, the Greeks also have their own brand out in the market, called Merenda. While in Greece, I’ve tried both versions and I can’t seem to taste the difference. When in Greece…eat Merenda right?

Greeks will often smear Merenda on slices of bread or have in a dessert crepe with ground hazelnuts and that’s how I like it best.

I’m not a about to set up a creperie but I came close to recreating the joy in eating a crepe with Nutella and nuts.

I simply made a Merenda grilled sandwich! February 5th has been declared World Nutella Day and I pay homage to the chocolate spread with my grilled Merenda sandwich.

Catch the round up how others have been enjoying Nutella at Ms. Adventures in Italy.

Grilled Merenda Sandwich

2 slices of bread
softebened butter
Merenda (or Nutella) chocolate spread
Crushed hazelnuts

  1. Place a non-stick fry pan on your stove and pre-heat on medium.
  2. Spread butter on both slices of bread and then spread a good coast of Merenda on the inside of each slice.
  3. Sprinkle some crushed hazelnuts on the chocolate spread and then smack your sandwhich together and grill for about 3 minutes per side or until golden brown.
  4. Cut your sandwich in half and enjoy the oozing goodness of your grilled Merenda sandwich.

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14 Comments for “Merenda, The Other Nutella”

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen


I love eating Nutella this way too! Nice and simple perfectly displaying all the virtues of this wonderful spread! :)
Happy Nutella Day, Peter!



Yum, Peter!
I re-discovered nutella last week and had it on a sandwich with crunchy peanut butter, it was awfully good!



I could be wrong Peter, but last time I looked at the ingredients list of Nutella I saw that it had partially hydrogenated oil in it and I stopped using it. Do you know if that has changed? What about the Merenda? Your sandwich looks delicious!



I have had Nutella sandwiches before but I never though of grilling them. I will have to try it next time.



My children love both merenda and nutella and eat it by spoonfuls. I am sure they’ll love your sandwich.

bleeding espresso


I can’t believe I’ve never tried this. That will be corrected very soon.

Thanks for participating :)

Peter M


Jenn, thanks for giving me the “heads up” on the event.

Holler, even the Scottish can get in on Nutella!

Christine, much like the movement margarine makers have made, I have a sneaking suspicion that Nutella now makes their product without hydrogenated fats. A quick search on the ‘net gave me this impression.

Wendy, Nutella is a small indulgence.

Ivy, why is that not a surprise? lol

Bleeding espresso, again thank you for co-hosting.



This definitely sounds better than my grilled peanut butter sammiches. Are you tryna fatten me up? ;)



Love Nutella – always happy to find new excuses to eat it!

You’ve and Jenn have reminded me that there’s a nutella/hazlenut cake I’ve been meaning to make…



Nutella is good but Merenda is better for those who like a richer cocoa flavor.
As an employee of Kraft Foods (who has taken over the company that makes Merenda), Merenda pre dates Nutella by quite a few years.
And because both Nutella and Merenda contain hazelnuts, I suggest you can try crushed almonds, or if you’re feeling adventurous, buy some pancake mix and try pancakes with nutella, crushed digestive biscuits and banana (or strawberries).
WARNING: May be very very delicious!



Nutella tastes great, but one of its main ingredients is the most harmful vegetable oil, palm oil, so I don’t eat it any more. I don’t know about Merenda, but I’m interested.