Nutella

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  1. hogy

    hogy Member

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    One of my favorite treats a child was frozen Nutella. Yes, we'd keep a jar in the freezer and I'd pry a tablespoon out of it (it doesn't freeze solid) to let it melt in my mouth.

    Michele Ferrero died today, I think I'll have to go find a jar of Nutella. Haven't had any in decades, wondering if it is as good as I remember.
     
  2. John Coloccia

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    Yes, it is. I grew up on the stuff. :) Every now and then, I'll bring home a jar. Doesn't last long.
     
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    My wife has barred the stuff from the house, on pain of death, because she says she'll eat jar after jar until it is all gone.
     
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    RIP.

    While I like it, I've been thinking about making my own. The store bought one is mostly oil and sugar. I think I can improve on the ingredients.
     
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    Nutella taffy.

    Nutella gelato.

    ;)
     
  6. CyberFerret

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    I love the stuff, but we have had a self imposed ban within this household for the past 3 years.

    The production of Nutella uses a huge amount of palm oil, and the palm oil industry is responsible for mass destruction of rainforest, especially in Asia. Several rare parrot breeds and the Orang Hutan are also is danger because of the mass clearing that goes into putting in new palm oil plantations. Corruption and greed is a whole other subject.

    Where possible, we have cut down on products that use palm oil in protest. Especially products that have a high percentage inclusion of palm oil in their ingredients.
     
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    Very true.

    That was the first reason that we got off microwave popcorn.
     
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    They banned peanut butter from my younger son's preschool when he was 4 and we switched over to Nutella sandwiches for lunch. The kid loves the stuff. Kind of hard to get him back on peanut butter after that.
     
  9. Jason_77

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    You know, I've never had Nutella. What am I missing out on?
     
  10. hogy

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    Try it and report back.
     
  11. Matt Jones

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    Never had it either. Now I'm curious.
     
  12. Hwoltage

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    RIP Michael:
    I had the first one of THESE today:
    Totally unexpected and decadent.
    It was like vanilla pudding, inside a thin round wafer shell, topped with coconut.
    One only, though, or it's lights out. But whoa.
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    Also, try this stuff... ...another total mind blower:
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  14. Polynitro

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    i like dulce de leche better.
    its basically just milk thats been boiled for hours.
     
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    I'm a Nutella fan. But... I actually found an organic "alternative" to Nutella that's actually really good.

    http://justins.com/product/chocolate-hazelnut-butter/

    Very flavorful, but just less candy-sweet. All natural ingredients, and WAY less sugar. Real intense hazelnut and cocoa flavor.
     
  16. hi-fi-dave

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    Did Nutella change their recipe? It doesn't seem as good today as it was 30 years ago.

    Before it was available in the US, one of my friends had an aunt that would send him a jar from Germany every once in a while. I was lucky he would share and it was pure heaven!

    When it was first available in the US, it seem just as good as I remember but when I bought a jar 3 years ago, it seemed overly sweet and like a milk chocolate frosting instead of dark chocolate.
     
  17. John Coloccia

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    Growing up in an Italian home, the two staples for me were Nutella, and raw, beaten egg yolks with a little sugar. If I was good, I'd get a tiny little shot of Bristol Creme, Vermouth or Marsala in the eggs too. Yum! This cooking of the zabaione completely ruins an amazing dish. I'll take my chances with the raw eggs, thank you.
     
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    you didn't make your own? :wave
     
  19. John Coloccia

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    I think they've changed the oil over the years for various reason, not all nefarious. I do think there's a bit more cocoa in it now, too. Remember, the entire point of the hazelnuts was to replace the cocoa, which was in very short supply at the time.

    I think the MAJOR change I've noticed is that all the Nutella I buy today is fresh. It used to be not nearly as fresh, and it was always a bit stiffer and more concentrated. If you can get a jar to last this long, Nutella is definitely better a couple of weeks after you first open it!
     
  20. John Coloccia

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    Brits don't make Worcestershire sauce, and Italians don't make Nutella :)
     

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