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Friday, January 11, 2008

Nutella

We first discovered Nutella in Italy. We were picking up supplies in a local grocery store and thought it was the local equivalent of peanut butter. Imagine how happy we were to be wrong when we opened the jar and smelled chocolate!

It's made with hazelnuts, not peanuts, and a side-by-side comparison shows it stacks up more or less the same as peanut butter nutritionally. It has more sugar and carbs, but less fat, and since there is also skim milk in Nutella, it has calcium where peanut butter has none. It also has cocoa, so guess who wins in my book?

It's hard to find in this area, but the commissary stocks it. I grabbed a jar on impulse after a long absence when I was shopping for Christmas dinner, and Vicky and I have been hooked since! We're going through a jar a week, between the two of us. (The jars aren't THAT big--only 13 oz!) My most surprising discovery is that Nutella tastes sweeter on celery. I would have thought that the Nutella would make the celery sweet, but the first thing you taste is the sugary chocolate. In fact, it's almost too sweet, which is good, because it keeps me from eating too much. One stalk of celery is more than enough. It's also very yummy on an English muffin with banana slices on top. And with Bunny Tracks ice cream. Now the 'jar a week' thing becomes obvious!

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Blogger Valerie Comer said...

We can buy it in the regular grocery store here, and hubby goes through phases where he eats it a lot (on crackers, usually). I'm not that keen on it. If I'm going to spend my calories on chocolate, I'm looking for a chocolaty-er taste. I'd rather have a handful of hazelnuts, some milk, and a couple pieces of dark chocolate :) Mmmm now we're talking....

11:10 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

Nutella is YUMMY! We discovered it when I was a kid...my dad was stationed in Germany. It goes great with peanut butter!

10:20 PM  
Blogger bleeding espresso said...

Mmmm...Nutella! Did you know that we'll soon be celebrating World Nutella Day (February 5th)?

Read more about World Nutella Day here and be sure to come over and celebrate!

Tell your readers, tell your friends, and let's coat the world in a big ole layer of chocolate hazelnut goodness ;)

1:01 PM  

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