How do you say Nutella?
The chocolate hazelnut spread has legions of fans around the world but it turns out many of them have been pronouncing the topping all wrong.
In the U.S., many Americans say “nuh-tell-uh,” while Brits say “nut-ell-uh.”
So which way is correct? According to Nutella USA, neither are.
Under the Frequent Asked Questions section of the spread's website, the very first query tackles the issue. It reads: “Nutella® (pronounced “new-tell-uh”) is a tasty, unique spread made from the combination of roasted hazelnuts, skim milk and a hint of cocoa.”
There you have it. There's even a handy YouTube video from 2011 to quell any suspicions.
As usual, Nutella fans on social media expressed their disbelief at this revelation:
I hate it when people pronounce nutella as newtella. It's NUTella. It has hazelNUTS in it. Stop.
— makayla (@zombiegoodwine) September 8, 2015
Just saw the correct way to pronounce nutella is new-tella. What is life
— Mark Purdy [Valkia] (@MarkPurdy1337) September 21, 2015
So apparently we don't pronounce Nutella correctly here in the UK.....and now i feel like my entire life has been a lie
— Katieeeeeeee (@sugar_lips30) September 21, 2015
But despite the explanation on their FAQ page, Ferrero—the Italian company that owns Nutella—says people should really be free pronounce the spread as they wish. "Ferrero aren't trying to encourage a common worldwide pronunciation on this," they said in a statement to Buzzfeed. " However you pronounce it, you shouldn't let the love of the spread get the better of you. Police in California Tuesday arrested a man after he punched a 78-year-old man in face because of a dispute over Nutella samples. The altercation happened at a Burbank Costco when Derrick Gharabighi, 24, was accused of grabbing too many free samples by the elderly man who wanted one, reports Fox 11. Gharabighi allegedly responded by hitting the old man in the face, which sent him to the hospital with "significant laceration above his left eye and swelling around the same area of his face.'' Gharabighi was jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail and charged with a single count of elder abuse.