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Candy Jan 23, 2007 11:18 AM

I am making this tart http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec... for a cooking contest which is a fund raiser for the Girl Scouts next Tues. P.M. The contest rules were that we had to use GS cookies and chocolate in the recipe.

There are 4 of us in my office each making 1 tart for the contest so that there will be enough tastes to go around. To keep us all on the same page I bought all of the supplies and divided them up among us. Next to the Nutella on the shelf was an Italian import, Nocello. This is seriously good stuff. No HFCs, no preservatives, just sugar, veg. oil, raosted hazelnuts, cocoa, soy lecithin and vanilla. Racconto is the importer.

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    Hungry Celeste RE: Candy Jan 23, 2007 11:22 AM

    I thought Nocello was walnut, not hazelnut? Like nocello liquer?

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      Candy RE: Hungry Celeste Jan 23, 2007 11:25 AM

      Well the label reads hazelnuts and it tastes like hazelnuts so as the old saying goes if it walks like a duck etc. Nocello is what it is labled. If you put your pointer on the little photo of the jar it will enlarge.

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        Nettie RE: Hungry Celeste Jan 24, 2007 11:02 AM

        Noce = walnut
        Nocciolo = hazelnut

        I remember "noce" because my husband made the mistake of saying "buona noce" instead of "buona notte" in Italy (or "good walnut" instead of "good night").

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        djwackfriz RE: Candy Jan 23, 2007 11:25 AM

        that might be "Nocino"...

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          piccola RE: Candy Jan 23, 2007 06:06 PM

          Have you tried the European Nutella? It's made differently than the American one and is, IMO, much better.

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            LAWoman RE: piccola Jan 24, 2007 07:01 AM

            Any ideas about where the Racconto product mentioned in the first post or the European nutella can be purchased (w/o resorting to mail order)? I've looked in many stores around the Chicago area for the European nutella w/o absolutely no luck!

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              Candy RE: LAWoman Jan 24, 2007 07:04 AM

              Racconto is in Melrose Park, IL www.racconto.com I imagine if you contact them they can tell you where to get it. It was in my Kroget store.

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                piccola RE: LAWoman Jan 24, 2007 07:30 PM

                I've found it in Italian groceries in NYC. But that doesn't really help you either.

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                  cdkatuofc RE: LAWoman Feb 3, 2007 06:54 AM

                  go to any chicago aldi's and they have their own brand of nutella imported form austria which is MILES better than the american made stuff.. i am sure you can find it in any aldi's which is a really underrated store imho

              2. doctor_mama RE: Candy Jan 24, 2007 12:52 PM

                Trader Joe's has an all-natural chocolate-hazelnut paste that is very good. I put it in hamantaschen last year.

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                  MaggieMuffin RE: doctor_mama Jan 25, 2007 06:14 AM

                  My husband grew up on Nutella in France and one day I brought home the TJ version - he refused to touch it because he thought it was terrible. I consider him an expert on these things...

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                    laylag RE: MaggieMuffin Feb 2, 2007 01:43 PM

                    I bought the TJ version once to use in my rugelach. Not good. Won't do it again

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                    paulj RE: doctor_mama Feb 1, 2007 08:32 PM

                    TJ version (in the hexagonal jar) is from Turkey.

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                      chelleyd01 RE: paulj Feb 2, 2007 08:01 AM

                      I got the TJ's version and I warmed 4 tablespoons and swirled it through brownie batter before baking.. YUM YUM YUM! Its about half the price of brand name Nutella

                  3. Caitlin McGrath RE: Candy Feb 1, 2007 12:36 PM

                    I'm replying here, as I can't open the reply link on the appropriate post, but you can order the Nocello spread directly from Racconto at the link Candy supplied above, http://www.racconto.com/ (it's under the "Italian Pantry" listing).

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                      laylag RE: Caitlin McGrath Feb 2, 2007 01:47 PM

                      Maybe I'm retarded but I don't see the "Italian Pantry" listing and only seem to be getting pastas and such.

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                        momjamin RE: laylag Feb 2, 2007 02:22 PM

                        My eyes crossed a couple times before I found it.

                        http://www.racconto.com/ -- click on "Shop Online" --> "Racconto Italian Pantry" (next to last item, under "Shop online for," in the really scripty font). Then pick "Chocolate Hazelnut Spread" from the drop-down menu.

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                          laylag RE: momjamin Feb 3, 2007 01:48 PM

                          Got it! Must have read that list ten times and didn't see it I don't know how I missed it. I think my eyes don't see what they used to if small and up close. I'm not that old but they say this is the age for that. Fabulous.

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                      Loren3 RE: Candy Feb 2, 2007 12:53 PM

                      I noticed recently that the US version of Nutella now has a highlight that says "original" and I read the ingredients - no HFCS or trans fats. Maybe they've gone back the their Euro roots?

                      I buy mine in Europe just to be on the safe side.

                      1. cdkatuofc RE: Candy Feb 3, 2007 06:55 AM

                        if you want real european style nutella try any aldi's stores! they got their own brand made in austria and its tops

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