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Chris Hennes

New Competition for Nutella

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Recently a couple of the other big brands have jumped onto the gianduja/chocolate-and-nut-butter bandwagon: in my cupboard now I've got three varieties...

 

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I haven't tried any of the new ones yet, but a recent article over at Serious Eats suggest that the almond one might be a winner. Have you tried any of the new ones yet? What do you think?


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Trader Joe's also has an almond one, don't know if it's a unique item, or repackaged -I haven't tried enough of these spreads yet to figure it out.

 

I will say that I refused to eat Nutella for years because it was made with shortening, which contains trans fat. It was reformulated about a decade or so ago (at least, that's when I noticed) and I started using it.

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I grew up on Nutoca, an Aldi store brand I believe. Nutella was too expensive. My kids now grow up on Nutella from Costco. Different recipe in the states than in Europe I believe though. But still good. The Trader Joe's almond is also pretty good, nuttier and not so sweet.


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Just by chance, I found a close-dated large jar of the Jif version at a Big Lots for $1. At that price, I couldn't resist. Lo and behold, I preferred it to Nutella. It was more hazelnutty, for lack of a better term. I also just picked up a couple of 2-for-1 close-dated jars by Pernigotti Neroguanduia, from Italy. It, too, is less sweet and more hazelnutty than Nutella -- which makes sense, as its first three ingredients are sugar, hazelnuts, palm oil vs. Nutella's sugar, palm oil, hazelnuts.

 

The same Big Lots carries Nutkao. Has anyone here tried it?


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This is the selection at the supermarket nearby (better stocked places have really impressive selctions of chocolate-nut spreads, with various sorts of nuts):

 

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At one point or another, I've tried them all. The organic, Italian one is a bit less sweet, and has distinct hazelnut flavour (I recommend it), the 'Princip' one has tiny particles that suggest that they considered doing a chunky version, but lost their nerve, and the rest are the usual super-sweet, somewhat gluey, faintly nut-flavoured preparations we all know.

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Just by chance, I found a close-dated large jar of the Jif version at a Big Lots for $1. At that price, I couldn't resist. Lo and behold, I preferred it to Nutella. It was more hazelnutty, for lack of a better term. I also just picked up a couple of 2-for-1 close-dated jars by Pernigotti Neroguanduia, from Italy. It, too, is less sweet and more hazelnutty than Nutella -- which makes sense, as its first three ingredients are sugar, hazelnuts, palm oil vs. Nutella's sugar, palm oil, hazelnuts.

 

The same Big Lots carries Nutkao. Has anyone here tried it?

I have. I like it.


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At one point or another, I've tried them all. The organic, Italian one is a bit less sweet, and has distinct hazelnut flavour (I recommend it) ...

 

What is the name of the organic Italian spread?


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What is the name of the organic Italian spread?

 

It's Rigoni di Asiago's Nocciolata (visible all the way in the upper right of the image upthread).

 

I don't recall if I thanked you for the info.  Decided to try the spread, and will order it online next week.


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