Do You Refrigerate Nutella? (All You Need to Know)

Nutella is one of the most popular spreads in the whole world – one may tell people went nuts for it, haha! However, there are still some things people seem to be a bit confused regarding Nutella, like even this fundamental question:

Do you refrigerate Nutella? No, you don’t refrigerate Nutella. Quite the contrary, by being refrigerated, your Nutella will get hard, and you won’t be able to spread it again. Also, by putting Nutella into the fridge, you can decrease its lifespan, so keep it just in the pantry or somewhere else.

But that still isn’t everything to be said about this issue, so let’s now look at what’s rest to uncover here, shall we?

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What happens if Nutella is refrigerated?

You may not know that Nutella was created by a famous Italian baker Pietro Ferrero, but it is a well-known fact that nowadays, Nutella’s produced by maybe even more famous chocolate factory Ferrero. And as the Ferrero website states, Nutella should be stored at room temperature, a.k.a. 64 to 68 °F (18 to 20 °C).

But what is the reason for that? What will happen when Nutella is refrigerated? If Nutella is refrigerated, you can expect it to get hard and no longer be spreadable. Furthermore, it can also significantly decrease its lifespan, so to put it simply, don’t ever store Nutella in the fridge.

Why can’t you store Nutella in the fridge?

As we have explained in the previous answer, the main reason why you should never keep your Nutella inside the fridge is the fact it will, otherwise, get hard and become unspreadable. However, there’s more.

Another extremely important reason why you can’t store Nutella in the fridge is that after once being in the fridge, Nutella can’t be kept at room temperature for more than a few minutes.

This only furthermore proves that Nutella should never be kept in the fridge. Still, additionally, it also obviously means that once you put your Nutella in the fridge, you should either continue to store it in there or throw it away.

How long is Nutella good for once opened?

Believe it or not, Nutella can last for quite a while even after opening – once opened, Nutella is good for something about a year, provided you store it correctly. What does that mean? Nothing complicated, you just always have to make sure the Nutella’s completely closed and then put it into some quiet and chilly place like the pantry (but not the fridge).


Although it may seem that by putting it into the fridge, you can increase its lifespan, Nutella should actually never be stored in there. The main reason for that is the fact that when stored in the fridge, Nutella will get hard and become unspreadable.

But there’s also one more issue – after Nutella is stored in the fridge, it adapts to the environment and can no longer be kept at room temperature, which isn’t convenient either.

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