Nutella. I have seen it advertised on television for years and years, but never tried it. A hazelnut spread didn’t appeal to me, so I never considered trying this product. The only things we as a family spread on sandwiches are mostly peanut butter and jelly. Hazelnuts and their flavor, to me, are good in moderation, and once in a while.
One day while grocery shopping, gazing in the peanut butter aisle, I looked to the top shelf and spotted Nutella. I thought “Well, why not. I’ll get one jar and see if the kids like it.” We go through jars of peanut butter on a monthly basis, and it’s always nice to find something new that kids will eat on bread. I had reservations, because a 13 oz. jar costs between $3.50 and $4.00, which is a bit pricier than peanut butter. At any rate, in the shopping cart it went.
So the verdict?
Nutella tastes like chocolate! My first rthought was “Get out! A yummy tasting spread that is healthy AND tastes like chocolate that I can put on a whole piece of bread? Sweet!” My kids first response was “Mmmmm, this is goooood,” as they made sure to get every last dot of Nutella spread off their fingers after finishing their toast. There is a slight hazelnut taste, but the chocolate taste far outweighs it.
Now I know that it tastes good and it is a healthy choice. There are no artificial colors or preservatives. There are over 50 hazelnuts in each jar. The only thing I didn’t like on the label was sugar listed as the first ingredient, meaning also that the most ingredient used in making this product. On the other hand, there are only eight ingredients. Total. That I love about Nutella. I also consider that most peanut butters have sugar listed within the first two to three ingredients. From a nutritional aspect it is a good source of protein, calcium, iron and has no trans fat. Also, it is kosher, gluten free and is processed in a plant free of peanuts. This is the perfect product for people with a peanut allergy.
The Nutella website is full of nutritional information, the history of the product, a sweepstakes contest currently, as well as tips for breakfast and a store locator.
Nutella is now a staple in our cupboard. Besides spreading Nutella on whole grain bread, we have put it on graham crackers (my son’s favorite is the triple stacker Nutella graham cracker sandwich), apple slices, and pretzels. My daughter even likes to dip her carrot and celery sticks in Nutella. I’m sure there are other possibilities we can come up with.