Columbia University students can't resist stealing Nutella

Hazelnut spread is prime target for student thieves.

March 7—Columbia University students are costing Columbia University, in New York, money, school officials say, because they are hoarding sweet treat Nutella.

Last month one of Columbia’s undergraduate dining halls began serving Nutella every day, not just in crepes on weekends. For the uninitiated, Nutella is a creamier-than-peanut-butter, chocolate hazelnut spread from Italy that a college student might eat a whole jar of in a single sitting when the pressure is on.

The problem was that the Columbia students went through jars and jars of Nutella — at least 100 pounds a day, according to a freshman member of the Columbia College Student Council who had urged the university’s Dining Services operation to provide it in the first place. Apparently they were not just eating it in the dining hall. They were spiriting it away in soup containers and other receptacles, to be eaten later. For Dining Services, the unexpected demand was an unexpected expense.