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Just in time for Valentine's Day :)

 

Hershey's Chocolate Spreads are here...

 

 

post #2 of 24
I have always been disappointed with Hershey's chocolate, it tastes like what we in the UK term cooking chocolate. But there again, I don't like Nuttela, either:D
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Jif has come out with a line as well. 

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post #4 of 24
I have doubts of anyone making a better Nutella. God I love that stuff.
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Is Nutella really food or isnt it a "food product?"

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post #6 of 24

Most certainly a "food product". I frankly do not get what people see in it.

 

Official ingredient list:

 

SUGAR, PALM OIL, HAZELNUTS, COCOA, SKIM MILK, REDUCED MINERALS WHEY (MILK), LECITHIN AS EMULSIFIER (SOY), VANILLIN: AN ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR.

 

Not that bad, but not that great either.

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I frankly do not get what people see in it.

Have you ever tasted it? I guess I grew up with it - and so did my wife. Even though I'm more into whole foods nowadays, we always keep a jar of Nutella in the cupboard, and we wouldn't even consider "crepe night" without Nutella. My father in law tried to make his own wholesome Nutella and it was okay but nowhere near the "real thing". 

 

I can't stand Hershey's. IMO some of the worst tasting "chocolate" out there (frankly it doesn't taste like chocolate to me). 

post #8 of 24

Yeah, FF - grew up with it myself. Still can't really stand it these days. Hershey's, I give you that, is a far worse abomination unto the Lord, though. Why they ever call any of their products "chocolate" is an absolute conundrum to me.

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Yeah, FF - grew up with it myself. Still can't really stand it these days. Hershey's, I give you that, is a far worse abomination unto the Lord, though. Why they ever call any of their products "chocolate" is an absolute conundrum to me.

At least we agree on that. :lol:

 

 

Just curious: did you like Nutella when you were a kid? Then you kinda grew out of it? Or did you never really like it? 

 

I believe Nutella is one of the last processed food I continue to enjoy once in a while. 

post #10 of 24
It's about moderation. I eat it only occasionally, haven't in a while though. I'm so satisfied with my dark chocolate treat that I don't indulge often. Hershey's isn't very good comparatively and I don't do milk chocolate. If I'm gonna have chocolate it's gotta be good!

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At least we agree on that. :lol:

 

 

Just curious: did you like Nutella when you were a kid? Then you kinda grew out of it? Or did you never really like it? 

 

I believe Nutella is one of the last processed food I continue to enjoy once in a while.

I guess I grew out of it. Used to like it as a kid. These days, I do not have much of a sweet tooth - and when I have anything sweet, it better be top of the line :)

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I hear you. I certainly eat much less of the stuff than I used to as a kid. I just do enjoy the taste once in a while and haven't found anything that comes close. 

 

Kouk', I don't consider Nutella chocolate, in fact it is sold as a "Hazelnut spread". I also do love dark chocolate, but that doesn't mean I don't like other things like Nutella that have some chocolate in them. I don't find the two to be exclusive. 

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I loved nutella <_< 10 years ago. 

 

I remember for some odd reason months ago after years of not eating nutella i decided to buy a jar and attempted to eat it all in one day. 

Note: It was the small mini jar. I attempted to eat it and almost got sick <_<. 

 

Its one of those things that sugar and chocolate craving children enjoy and then you grow out of the nutella phase. 

I can eat a spoon of it but not 2. 

I could have it on toast but i love butter XD. 

 

I have made chocolate spread before wasnt better then nutella, but it was less sweeter <_< i enjoyed it. It was most likely a lot healthier too XD. 

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post #14 of 24

... and this is for when I'm craving real chocolate! :)

 

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Kouk', I don't consider Nutella chocolate, in fact it is sold as a "Hazelnut spread". I also do love dark chocolate, but that doesn't mean I don't like other things like Nutella that have some chocolate in them. I don't find the two to be exclusive. 

 

It serves the purpose of chocolate.  I don't have much chocolate in a day or week, just one bite at the end of the day usually.  I prefer to reach for a good piece of dark chocolate instead, it feels more adult hehe.  There's something about spreading nutella on a piece of bread that mades me feel very very naughty.

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post #16 of 24
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... and this is for when I'm craving real chocolate! :)

 

 

Can you guess what my fave (white chocolate) is? ;-)

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I wouldn't turn my nose up at any of these. :bounce:

 

http://www.godiva.com/collections

 

P.S.  Happy Valentine's Day.  :)


Edited by Cerise - 2/11/14 at 5:21am
post #17 of 24

FF i too LOVE dark chocolate. 

I Usually go for 65% but i once had 75% cacao... it was amazing. 

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post #18 of 24
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FF i too LOVE dark chocolate. 

I Usually go for 65% but i once had 75% cacao... it was amazing. 

@KaiqueKuisine, maybe then you'd enjoy even stronger chocolates? Sometimes I buy Michel Cluizel's 99% cacao. It's quite strong!! You can find it in the US at World Market (Cost Plus). 

 

 

A little easier on the palate is Valrhona's 85% cacao that you can find at Trader Joes. My wife and I just went through one of those and it was a trip back to our childhood. We didn't have milk chocolate then, all chocolate was dark, even though what my parents bought probably wasn't the best quality. 

 

And as you most likely know there's much more to a good chocolate than just its cacao content, just like there's more to a good wine than just its alcohol content. That 66% chocolate I posted about in my previous post is made from "grand crus", meaning some of the most sought after cocoa beans. And then there's the technique of course... IMO the quality of that 66% "Caraibes" is way above both the Michel Cluizel 99% or the Valrhona 85%. 

 

We are lucky in France to have quite a choice when it comes to chocolate - even in your standard supermarket, the chocolate aisle is huge. Here's a pic I took last time I was in a French supermarket. It's about 1/2 the chocolate aisle: 

 

post #19 of 24
Wow look at that aisle it's amazing!! And here we have aisle and aisles of chips, so depressing.

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post #20 of 24
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... and this is for when I'm craving real chocolate! :)

 

oh YES!! I refuse to work with something else than valrhona (at home, at least….at work different story)

I love the stuff.

 

but nutella.

it's made by the same manufacturer that does the cote d' or bars (and the filled ones.)

nutella is kinda based on the praline (also hazelnuts ;) ) 

sometimes at a patisserie or the like, you can buy little jars of praline paste.

try that. much healthier than nutella with better flavor.

 

want the REAL hazelnut taste? try hazelnut nut butter. health food stores.

combine that with chocolate… (after all, some of you do eat peanutbutter jelly sandwiches. well I do peanut (or other nut butter) with chocolate spread (or praline/ nutella)

post #21 of 24
I'd rather have spekuloos over nutella any day. Every once in a while I run into a Wafles & Dinges truck on the nyc streets. I always stop for a treat. Otherwise I have found spekuloos sold at Le Pain Quotidien, must make a stop soon!

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post #22 of 24
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want the REAL hazelnut taste? try hazelnut nut butter. health food stores.

combine that with chocolate… (after all, some of you do eat peanutbutter jelly sandwiches. well I do peanut (or other nut butter) with chocolate spread (or praline/ nutella)

I have never found hazelnut butter in the health food stores here... maybe I just need to look better... or look again. I'm sure I'd love it. And I'm a HUGE fan of both pralin and praliné, which I prefer to make myself with a 50/50 mix of almonds/hazelnuts, or sometimes 100% hazelnuts. I like to fold praliné into pastry cream to flavor it... so luscious and sinful. 

 

@Koukouvagia, I'd take both the speculos and the Nutella. I don't like having to choose! :lol: I usually buy those - mostly because those are the ones I grew up with: 

 

post #23 of 24

well FrenchFries, you can make it easily yourself also if you've got a good powerful blender….

do a search on making nutbutter at home. basically its the nuts in the blender, grind to flour, add oil and salt. (and options).

for hazelnut butter you toast the nuts first for optimum flavor.

 

I'd be surprised if you couldn't find it over there. maybe at a co-op (I'm dutch… so just sharing what I know from your side of the pond).

usually healthfood stores have it. you want the version with no sugar added. just nuts and oil.

post #24 of 24

Here's another hazelnut delight to try; an Italian hazelnut cake. I added a stripe of ganache in the middle.

 

 

There is no match for Nutella. My guess is that Ferrero adds a secret ingredient to get us all addicted! My daughter who's now a 30+, was addicted from the first bite at the youngest possible age. We tried everything else, nothing worked... still addicted.

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