There are many differences between American and French culture, the most shocking of which is the use of cream cheese and Nutella. In the United States, cream cheese is part of breakfast or brunch. If cream cheese is to be used later on in the day, it is to be mixed with something else to make a sauce. Nutella on the other hand, is a very sweet chocolate hazelnut cream that is heavy and fattening. It looks like it is a chocolate cream. Its sweetness, its chocolaty-ness, and its bad-for-your-healthness obviously makes it part of a dessert.
The French (aka
Melanie and her friends) have a different view. Cream cheese, like all other
cheeses can be part of breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert. I can understand that, there is nothing
inherently breakfasty about cream cheese (unlike cereal which is only for
breakfast for normal people and at any time for college students).
Nutella, meanwhile, is for breakfast, a 4pm snack, and midnight. Melanie said that Nutella is too sweet to be a dessert, which I just do not understand. She explains that Nutella provides such a shock of energy from the sugar that it is “degueulasse” to eat it as part of dessert, and that I am “an ogre” for doing so.
How can something be too sweet to be a dessert? Until I understand that concept, I will not understand French culture.