This recipe is part of Crispianity: a column devoted to all foods crispy and crunchy, two of the most underappreciated attributes of a great dish. Author Adeena Sussman is a food writer and recipe developer, pairing here with a friend, photographer Evan Sung. Sussman’s most recent cookbook, co-authored with Lee Brian Schrager, is Fried and True: More Than 50 Recipes for America’s Best Fried Chicken and Sides.

Chances are you’ve had a meringue, but one with a hidden Nutella center? That might make you look twice. The homemade hazelnut-chocolate spread is easy to pull off, but if you want to take a shortcut, by all means go for store-bought. With their snowy white exterior and gooey, dark brown center, these meringues will take the cake this Valentine’s Day.