4 Best and Fastest Ways On How To Melt Nutella

Nutella is probably one of the oldest most popular spread all over the world and everybody loves it. Although, sometimes, it gets a little stiff and difficult to spread.

What to do when your Nutella turns thick and stiff?

If you want to know the best and fastest ways on how to melt Nutella, then keep reading.


Let Us Know A Little More About Nutella…

Way back in 1939 a war broke out and it lasted for about 6 years. A lot of lives, productions, supplies, and businesses were affected by it. One of which is the supply of cocoa – more specifically in Italy.

Pietro Ferrero, a baker and bakery owner in Piedmont, Italy, thought of something to fill in the limited supply of cocoa. Since there’s a huge production of hazelnut it his area, he used it together with some milk and a little bit of cocoa to create a delicious spread.

He started selling the spread called Supercrema in 1951. By 1965, they are already manufacturing and distributing their product all over the world. They changed the formula of the original Supercrema and adopted a new name – now we call it Nutella.

4 Fool-Proof Step-by-step Guides On How To Melt Nutella

Just like what I mentioned earlier, Nutella is no doubt delicious, but sometimes it can get thick and stiff. What to do?No worries! I got here 4 fool-proof step-by-step guides on how to melt Nutella. (I also included two bonus options at the end).

Method A: Melting Nutella Using A Hot Or Warm Butter Knife

Are you having coffee or tea and somehow suddenly crave for Nutella sandwich? Here’s what you will need and can do:

What You’ll Need:

  • Jar of Nutella
  • Slices of bread
  • Bread knife
  • Hot coffee or tea

What to do:

  • Get a clean butter knife and put it on top of your cup of tea or coffee. If you want, you may also dip it in for a couple of seconds or until enough heat transfer from the liquid to the metal blade.
  • Dip your heated knife into the Nutella jar and scoop out enough amount to spread on your slice of bread.
  • Wait for a few seconds for Nutella to kind of loosen a bit before spreading it all over the bread.

Method B: Melting Nutella In The Microwave

I don’t know about you, but when I get lazy sometimes, I just scoop out some Nutella into a bowl and heat it up in the microwave. Quick and easy!

What You’ll Need:

  • Jar of Nutella
  • Slices of bread
  • Sturdy spoon
  • Microwave/heat-proof bowl
  • Microwave oven

What to do:

  • Using a sturdy thick spoon, scoop enough Nutella out of the jar and transfer it into a microwave-safe or heat-proof bowl.
  • Place the bowl inside the microwave oven and heat it up for 15 seconds.
  • Take the bowl out and give it a little stir. If you think the consistency has loosened a bit and it’s spreadable, then you can stop and turn off the microwave oven, but if it is still too thick, then repeat the process.
  • Make sure that you work on it only in short intervals (10-15 seconds at a time), stir it, and give it a 5-second rest before heating back up.

Method C: Melting Nutella Using A Hot Water Bath

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This is a very effective method. You just have to be very careful because you will need hot, preferably boiling, water.

What You’ll Need:

  • Jar of Nutella
  • Slices of breadHot/boiling water
  • Heat-proof bowl
  • Heat-proof jar with tight seal
  • Spoon

What to do:

  • First things first, if you are doing this on your counter, then you might need thick towels or a large wooden chopping board to protect your counter top from too much heat.
  • Boil about a quart of water.Meanwhile, prepare the bowl where you will pour the hot water into and scoop some Nutella out of the jar and transfer it to a heat-safe jar with a tight cap.
  • Put the jar at the center of the bowl and gradually pour in the hot water. Fill it about half of the jar or up to the level of Nutella.
  • Let it sit for 3-5 minutes – depending on how much Nutella you’re melting.
  • Carefully take the jar out of the bowl, remove the lid, and stir.

I suggest that when you use this technique, do it in small batches to make sure you have a good output.

Method D: Melt Nutella In A Double Broiler Or On A Stovetop

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This technique is somehow the same as melting chocolate for baking.

What You’ll Need:

  • Jar of Nutella
  • Slices of bread
  • Wooden spatula
  • Microwave/heat-proof bowls
  • Boiling water
  • Small pot (where your bowl can fit)

What to do:

  • Transfer some Nutella into the bowl.
  • Pour about a quart of water into the pot.
  • Put the bowl on top of the pot and then bring the water to a boil.
  • Stir the Nutella with a wooden spatula while the water is boiling. Keep stirring until it loosens up.

Now as promised, I will share with you two more techniques that I just recently discovered.

Method E: Loosening Up Nutella Using A Spoon

I would just like to clear it out that this method does not fully melt Nutella, especially if it is really frozen and thick. This will just help loosen the consistency a bit so that it can be easy to work with.

What You’ll Need:

  • Jar of Nutella
  • Slices of bread
  • Sturdy spoon

What to do:

  • Put/press the spoon at the center of the jar.
  • Hold the jar firmly with your other hand.
  • Slowly start moving your hand in a circular motion. Stir it faster as it loosens up.
  • Keep stirring until you reach your desired consistency.
  • Take a spoonful of Nutella and spread it all over your bread.

Method F: Mixing Nutella With Milk

Now, this is a special method because I usually do this only when I have a little amount left inside my jar. Also, I did not include this earlier because adding or mixing milk with Nutella is not everyone’s cup of tea.

If you haven’t tried it yet, well, I recommend that you do because it is really delicious, but if you don’t want to, you can totally skip this technique.

What You’ll Need:

  • Jar of Nutella
  • Spoon
  • Milk

What to do:

  • There are two different ways to do this technique depending on what you will use it for: drink or spread.
  • As a spread: Add ½ to 1 teaspoon of milk and mix it in to achieve the consistency that you are looking for. Add a bit more milk if there need be.
  • As a drink: Add ½ to 1 cup of milk. Put the lid back on and seal it tightly. Shake the jar until everything is well-incorporated.

Simple Berry-Vanilla Ice Cream With Nutella Recipe

I am pretty sure we all love a quick and easy to prepare recipe, right? So, I’ll give you one of my favorite desserts using Nutella.


  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Nutella
  • Mix berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries,…)


  • Melt about half a cup of Nutella using any of the techniques that I mentioned above (I usually do the microwave technique).
  • Now, get a bowl and fill it with as much ice cream scoops you want.
  • Top the ice cream with the berries and then drizzle it with the melted Nutella. Dig in!

Additional Tips…

  • Short intervals : I mentioned this earlier in the microwave technique, but it stays true for all the mentioned methods: heat up and stir your Nutella at short intervals to prevent it from burning or altering the taste.
  • Stir. Stir. Stir. : Do not heat up or reheat Nutella without stirring. It won’t have a homogenous consistency.
  • Small amount : If you have no desires of finishing the rest of the jar, then just heat up small amounts. Constant and too much reheating can alter the taste of Nutella.
  • Don’t mix with water : Water and Nutella do not go well together, so do not attempt to add water into your Nutella jar thinking it can help melt it down a little. Also, when using hot water bath, make sure the lid is sealed tightly so that the water can’t get in.

My Final Thoughts….

Nutella is indeed delicious, but if ever yours turn thick and stiff, then these methods would really be of great help. Personally, I like the microwave technique because it is easy and quick, but the rest of the methods are indubitably effective too.

I hope you like the recipe and please let me know what you think. Leave your comments, suggestions, and questions below.

Sophia Gardner

I'm Sophia, food blogger, dog lover, homemade cooking and travel passion. I really hope you enjoy my blog, i'll do my best to share great recipes, healthy living tips and just general 'food' thoughts!

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