Can You Microwave Nutella? – Is it Safe?

Can you microwave Nutella? A question you may have had as you scooped into the tasty treat. 

A delicious addition to our sandwiches and doubles up as a snack by itself. Nutella is filled with healthy oil, chocolate, and plenty of nuts, making it a tasty dessert. But can you microwave Nutella? What if you want a warm Nutella hot fudge. Is it possible?

The answer is YES! Nutella is microwavable. A few spoonfuls of melted Nutella can make great additions to ice cream or even desserts. 

However, there are a few things that are important to note when making melted or warmed Nutella.

Caution!

A new jar of unopened Nutella is covered using a layer of a metallic foil. Heating any metal in the microwave is a risky venture. 

If you microwave a jar of Nutella unopened, the foil can and likely will catch on fire.

The jar itself is often made of plastic and sometimes glass. Although the plastic container seems durable, you would create an inedible melted soggy mess if you were to microwave it. Don’t do it!

While glass can be microwaved, you must make sure any glass you heat has a microwave-safe symbol indicating it is safe to use in your microwave. Your glass Nutella jar will likely not have a microwave-safe symbol. Don’t do it!

So now you know that although you can microwave Nutella, you can’t use an unopened jar and not inside the jar itself.

Microwaving Nutella: The Process

1. Select a microwave-safe container, it is also important to pick one that has a lid. The more the moisture preserved, the tastier the melted Nutella,

2. Scoop out as much Nutella as you need to be microwaved and place it in the container above. You can fill it to the top but leave some room to allow for expansion.

3. Place the Nutella mixture in the microwave and set the amount of time you need as per your personal preference. Start with a short amount of time and work your way up. Microwave times vary, so no standard time is recommended.

4. IMPORTANT! Every few minutes, remove the Nutella and mix it up to ensure even heat distribution in the container.

5. Do not burn the Nutella! Most people believe the longer you heat it, the more liquid it becomes, which isn’t true because the more it gets heated, the more water is lost, and eventually, you get a caked up hard lump. Medium heat will do the trick.

6. Ensure you check how close you are to getting your desired viscosity levels and remove it in time.

I am done what next?

Depending on what you wanted it for, melted Nutella is now basically a savory syrup that can be used while still warm on top of desserts.

Storage?

You can always store it in the same container it was heated in. There are higher chances that, in the end, it will probably revert back to its initial viscosity level.

However, it is not recommended to store it back in the original container as the mixture will be inconsistent.

Enjoy!

Sources:

https://www.quora.com/Food-Chemistry-What-happens-when-you-microwave-Nutella
http://chewtheworld.com/how-to-melt-nutella/