Spring break is here down on Panama City Beach and the warning signs of tragedy loom over the horizon and the white sandy beaches.
I began my college career in 1973 at Northwestern University and temptations like drugs and alcohol were common. Funny cigarettes and beer were staples at my frat house. I was a charter member of the Tappa Kegga Brew chapter of the I Felta Thigh fraternity.
College life in the 80’s toned down a bit. I remember in the middle of the decade, I think Reagan was president, I was in my seventh year of my ten year program for my four degree. All of a sudden I woke up one day and drugs and alcohol had virtually vanished. AIDS, Republicans and Diet Pepsi were the “in” things.
In the nineties, well they were the nineties. Video games swarmed the college campus and although President Clinton admitted he had puffed on a reefer but didn’t inhale, college life was fast forwarding into the techno age.
The 21st century brought on texting, video games are still prevalent and co-eds are reaching beyond the ivy covered walls for even more thrills.
I am now in the 30th year of my forty-five year program for my four year degree and I still can’t figure out college kids. I’m down with Ohio State football, NCAA March Madness and Playboy Magazine’s “Girls of the Southeast Conference issue.
Here is my case in point.
It was reported this week that students at Columbia University are hoarding Nutella, and apparently cravings for Nutella are spreading across college campuses.
Last month Columbia school officials reported losses in campus dining rooms of Nutella that have cost the University in excess of $5,000 a week. Food emporiums are now experiencing losses salt packets, plastic spoons and Nutella. At least one-hundred pounds of delicious Nutella is disappearing weekly.
For those of you unfamiliar with Nutella, it’s a creamier than peanut butter, hazelnut, chocolate spread that makes great milkshakes, fudge candy or just plain slapped between two pieces of Wonder Bread. It is also consumed, in quantity, using the index finger right out of the jar by miscreant college kids.
Nutella was invented by Italian baker Pietro Ferrero in 1943 using sugar, palm oil, cocoa powder and skim milk. The jars were first sold in the US in 1964.
Add to that fact that one tablespoon of Nutella is 70% saturated fat and contains more than 100 calories and 6 grams of fat and were talking a load on the old body. 2 grams of the fat content is saturated. And they use to tell us drugs and alcohol were bad.
Nevertheless, Nutella has cemented its place in history. Use it as you would use peanut butter. Whip up your favorite cheesecake recipe and pour a cup of melted Nutella in the batter. Or for the cocktail hour, try a Nutella Martini.
1 Shooter Vanilla Vodka
1 Tbs. Melted Nutella, (Nuked for 20 seconds)
1 Shot Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
1 Tbs. Heavy Cream
Rim a martini glass with melted Nutella.
In a shaker full of ice, combine vodka, liqueur and cream. Shake well and strain into martini glass. Drizzle melted Nutella on the drink.
Crazy mixed up college kids.
What’s next? Eating live goldfish?