Posted on Feb 20, 2013 in Food & drink
Okay, I’ll bite — ha ha. I see this “Nutella” stuff on the store shelves all the time, and it looks for all the world like chocolate in a jar. It’s not just chocolate in a jar, is it?
People rave about it. Drool over it. Eat a jar of it in a single sitting. So what exactly is Nutella?
Nutella is basically a hazelnut chocolate spread, with a consistency similar to smooth peanut butter. The stuff was originally created in the 1940s in Italy by Pietro Ferrero — founder of the Ferrero company, which you might recognize as the maker of those sinfully good Ferrero Rocher candies.
Due to the strict rationing in place thanks to a little something called World War II, Ferrero developed the recipe as a way of extending the chocolate supply. He mixed together hazelnuts, cocoa, skim milk, sugar, and palm oil to create this velvety spread that goes great with toast. In fact, the company claims there are over 50 hazelnuts per 13-ounce jar of the stuff.
As roughly half the calories in Nutella come from fat — and saturated fat, for that matter — it’s wonderfully delicious on some toast, but not on par with an egg white omelette or a low-sugar fruit smoothie in the healthy breakfast department.
You might have even heard about some less than positive press for Nutella recently, perhaps in the form of the $3 million class action lawsuit they paid out in 2012 for claiming their spread was a “healthy breakfast option.” Well, unfortunately it isn’t exactly diet food, but it’s still pretty tasty, if you’re into hazelnuts.
So while it’s not a super-nutritious food, it is a nice way to satisfy your sweet tooth with something a little different than your typical candy bar. But be warned: Nutella may be addictive.
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