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5 Tons of Nutella Stolen When Trailer Hijacked in Germany

By Michael Mullins   |  

Five tons of Nutella went missing over the weekend in the central German town of Bad Hersfeld when thieves hijacked a parked trailer containing the chocolate-hazelnut spread.

The stolen Nutella had an estimated value of $20,700, The Associated Press reported.

Similar heists have occurred in the same location, reported the German news agency dpa, in which thieves previously got away with large quantities of energy drinks contained in parked trailers.

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The Nutella theft reminded the Canadian press of the loss last August of millions of dollars' worth of maple syrup from a large warehouse in Quebec stocking over $30 million worth of the amber nectar.

The syrup theft put a dent in Quebec's syrup stock, considered to be a global strategic reserve of the sweet stuff that is often used to replenish markets during disappointing seasons. Quebec produces up to 80 percent of the world's maple syrup.

There was no word on whether the Nutella theft wiped out German reserves, but German thieves aren't the only ones looking to hoard the chocolate-hazelnut spread.

In March, Columbia University in New York City experienced a run on Nutella in its dining halls.

In the first week of the first semester alone, the university spent a reported $5,000 on replacing Nutella in their cafeterias after students were reportedly swiping the cups and jars to bring back to their dorm rooms for during study breaks, the New York Post reported.

The school later downplayed Nutella-gate, as it became known, saying, "The actual cost was only about $2,500, and quickly went down to $450 per week for dining halls that serve some 3,600 students, seven days a week at three locations."

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First introduced in 1963, Nutella is a product of the Italian company Ferrero. Other well-known Ferrero products include Ferrero Rocher, Mon Chéri, Kinder Chocolate, and Tic Tac.

The current Nutella recipe was developed from an earlier Ferrero chocolate spread created in 1944 by Pietro Ferrero, the founder of the confectionery and chocolatier company.

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