Saturday, February 4, 2023


RVelectricity – Just Ask Mike (J.A.M.): A Nutella vs. peanut butter poll

Welcome to my J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session, a weekly column where I answer your basic electrical questions. If you’re a newbie who’s never plugged in a shore power cord (or ask – what’s a shore power cord?), or wonder why your daughter’s hair dryer keeps tripping the circuit breaker, this column is for you. Send your questions to Mike Sokol at mike (at) with the subject line – JAM. Today, just for fun, we have a Nutella vs. peanut butter poll.


Dear Readers,

My wife, Linda, and I visited Italy for 10 days last month and had a wonderful time. This vacation trip was canceled and rescheduled three times since 2020, so we were really looking forward to this trip and especially to seeing the Tuscany and Chianti regions. (Linda loves “Under the Tuscan Sun,” with Diane Lane.)

This was just the appetizer for two!

I was prepared to eat and drink a lot, and I was not disappointed. In fact, the food and wine surpassed all my expectations, plus there was one bonus food I never expected. But more on that shortly.

In any event, I was always stuffed to the gills and they kept offering more. Any time I gave in for one more serving of ravioli, they applauded me, saying, “Bravo, Mike! Bravo!” I now expect that same applause when I overeat at home—but it hasn’t happened yet.

That’s a whole lotta wine…

Linda and I visited multiple vineyards and olive groves. We discovered that wine is served with every meal, with the possible exception of breakfast, where espresso rules.

Italians been growing grapes and making wine for many generations, so they know a thing or two about it. Every farm we visited had their own grape vines and olive trees with a press in the garage or outbuilding. And the olive oil was unlike anything I’ve tasted here in the States. Yes, I brought back a lot of wine and olive oil.

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Nutella seems to be the National Food of Italy

They put Nutella in and on everything in Italy. So there was Nutella in puff pastries, Nutella on pizza, and heaven only knows what else. This was my first taste of Nutella EVER—and I really loved it. So, once we flew back home the very next day my wife bought me my first jar of Nutella.

Please take the poll and leave a comment

Since my Ketchup vs. Mustard on Hot Dogs was such a popular poll, I’ve decided to ask the same question about Nutella vs. Peanut Butter. Please answer the poll below and comment on your first (or last) Nutella experience.

OK, everyone. No matter whether you prefer Nutella or peanut butter, remember that electricity is a useful and powerful force, so we all need to pay attention to safety precautions while using it—or no more Nutella or PB for you.

Let’s play safe out there….

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8 months ago

I mix chunky peanut butter in my nutella. I’m not looking for a health food…

8 months ago

Last time I read the labels, the American version of Nutella was different than the European version. High fructose corn syrup, I think.

T Hartman
8 months ago

We have both in the house. But Nuttela is just cocoa in hazelnut butter. Not for me. Not as nutritious as peanut butter. If you need cocoa on everything, ok.

8 months ago

I don’t like either one. I eat peanuts occasionally and I eat hazelnuts occasionally and eat a lot of chocolate. It must be a texture thing.

Mark K
8 months ago

We were in Nocella above Positano after a long day of travel and there was a trattoria just a short walk away so we decided to go and have some pizza. There was a British couple that came in and we asked if they wanted to join us at our table. It was late so all they could serve was pizza. We asked the gentleman to bring us four pizzas with various toppings. When they came out one of the pizzas had French fries on top, my wife and I looked on quizzically but the British couple said, Oh, lovely, chips. They ate that pizza, and we munched on the other three.


Michael Galvin, PhD
8 months ago

The first ingredient of Nutella is sugar. So, it’s a kind of candy.
Second ingredient is palm oil which is 50% saturated fat. Creating palm plantations is also bad for the environment.
Organic crunchy peanut butter for me.

Mike Sokol
8 months ago

Hey, don’t kill my buzz with logic and facts… I love how it tastes! 🤣🤣🤣

8 months ago

Almond butter is better than either of those two.

Jeff Craig
8 months ago

I tried Nutella back in the late 80’s, when my ship made a port visit in France. I was hitting the street vendors for the foods you can’t get anywhere in Oklahoma (well, America….) and tried crepes for the first time. They were stuffed with a smear of Nutella, and I was hooked.

When I’m in a hurry, I’ll toast up a couple of homestyle Eggo waffles, and smear fresh ground peanut butter on one, and Nutella on the other, making a breakfast sandwich of sorts (my wife calls it my ‘breakfast dessert’ and I can’t say she is wrong).

One thing I will say, we keep a small jar of it in our RV, and it is easier to put a small smear of Nutella on a graham cracker then add the toasted marshmallow for perfect s’mores.

Last edited 8 months ago by Jeff Craig
8 months ago

Tell us about the electricity, Mike! Was it 110v? Reliable? Did they have weird plugs so you needed adapters?

Mike Sokol
8 months ago
Reply to  Thom

It was 230 volts and I needed plug adapters, but everything I brought along had a universal power supply capable of using anything from 90 to 250 volts.

Bob p
8 months ago

There wasn’t many choices where the Marine Corps sent me and since I’m no longer a world traveler I don’t get to sample the wonders of the world. Peanut butter has been good during my 79 years so no need to change now. I have observed that people who change horses in midstream usually get wet. Lol

8 months ago

Discovered Nutella in Germany in the 80’s. Our kids loved it. Spent 10 years there and when we returned to US, had to have friends send Nutella to us. Then in the mid 90s, Nutella was on the shelves in Costco at a reasonable price. Heaven for wife and kids. Sorry you didn’t get far enough south in Italy to discover Limoncello! Still, there is nothing in the world like great Tuscan EVOO. Yep spent 10 years in Italy too.

Chic Sanders
8 months ago

You got something against PB and Nutella?

8 months ago

Chocolate and any type of nut butter or whole nuts and what’s not to love?!

8 months ago

I had never heard of Nutella until a trip to Germany in 2006. It was spread on breakfast breads when I stayed with family. I love chocolate, so the opportunity to eat chocolate for breakfast was awesome! I spread it on my breakfast bagel. Or sometimes just eat a spoonful of it! 😄

Roger Ewing
8 months ago

I agree with you about the food and wine in Italy. It is great and the people are wonderful. But, I do not like Nutella. My Mon tried it on me as a child. Thankfully here in America we have both, at least for now.

8 months ago

Tried Nutella once & didn’t like it.

8 months ago

Your wife would probably really enjoy this book too – “The Reluctant Tuscan: How I Discovered My Inner Italian” by Phil Doran

Mike Sokol
8 months ago
Reply to  Larry

Great idea. I’ll check it out…

David J
8 months ago

Yes, that was our experience in Italy: Nutella was everywhere! AND, peanut butter was nowhere to be found!

8 months ago

Nutella on a spoon, what’s not to love?

Larry Lee
8 months ago

What about the electrical properties of Nutella? Does it conduct electricity or is it more of an insulator? Can you use it on your battery terminals to protect them? Can Nutella function adequately as a grease substitute in an emergency while boondocking?
Thanks for all your efforts to keep us well informed and safe.

Carol Robel
8 months ago
Reply to  Larry Lee

I could not answer the survey as I am unable to have Nutella. Peanut or almond butters are OK! The others could cause a deadly reaction!

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