MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS — Nutella-crazed Columbia University students are costing the school big bucks, consuming up to 100 pounds a day of the sweet stuff, according to the school paper.
Columbia University Dining Services reportedly spent $5,000 in a single week on supplies of Nutella, the popular Italian chocolate hazelnut spread they started serving in two main dining halls last month.
“The demand [for Nutella] has been greater than originally expected," Vicki Dunn, executive director of Dining Services at the university, told the Columbia Spectator.
Dunn added that students have been hoarding the sweet stuff, cramming it into take-away containers and ferreting it home with them after their meals at the undergraduate eateries at Ferris Booth Commons and John Jay Dining Hall.
“Students have been filling cups of Nutella to-go ... which means we’re going through product faster than anticipated," Dunn wrote in an email to the student newspaper.
Each dining hall serves between 2,000 to 3,000 students, Dunn said.
"People love their Nutella,” freshman Charles Sanky told the paper. “People are going to go crazy. I’m not surprised.”
Columbia University officials did not respond to a request for comment.