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Mar 25, 2009 06:07 PM

New found addiction to Nutella

I was in Europe a few months ago, I tried Nutella for the first time and it was delicious. I bought a small jar and now I can not stop eating it. You can really put Nutella on anything and it is delicious!

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  1. Yes, Nutella is indeed good, even straight out of the jar plain. As you're in NYC, you may find this of use. A few months ago, I was at Buon Italia (in Chelsea Market) picking up a jar of Nutella. A lady who was shopping there (I'll bet she was a Chowhound) was raving about the gianduja hazelnut chocolate they sold in blocks. Well, we picked up both. The gianduja chocolate was really good. I preferred the flavor over Nutella. It was also less expensive. The thing that Nutella had going for them was that it's spreadable. So you may want to give Gianduja a try one day.

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    1. re: Miss Needle

      I had stopped buying Nutella for two reason. One, they had started using hydrogenated oil (I recently checked the label and they stopped) and the price went up. I was in Stop Rite and they have their own brand that is imported from Italy for a full dollar less than Nutella and has better ingredients.

      1. re: Uptownflavor

        Actually, Buon Italia (and I'm presuming other stores in the US) carries the Italian Nutella in addition to the American one. I don't think there's hydrogenated oil in the Italian one. The texture is different than the US version as it is a lot runnier. It is, however, super expensive compared to the American Nutella, costing about three times the price. Great that you found a substitute that you like, especially since it's cheaper.

        I don't think there was an ingredient list on the giunduja chocolate at Buon Italia. And to be perfectly honest, I'm not exactly sure if I want to know.

          1. re: Uptownflavor

            Disagree, italian nutella is much better. I have had them side by side numerous times and it is not even close.

        1. re: Uptownflavor

          Trader Joes also has their version of Nutella which is pretty tasty. And it's cheaper than Nutella.

      2. In Seattle, Costco has started carrying it--can't recall the price but it's better than I've seen anywhere else. You have to buy a bundle of two 26.5 oz. jars, but that works for us--my husband and I each get our own, so there's no fighting over who's getting more than their share (always a danger with Nutella!)

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        1. re: MsMaryMc

          Two 26 ounce jars at Costco here are just under $9.

        2. Nutella is just a gateway drug, If you want to step it up a notch, try this:

          It's not as sweet and is a little more subtle but it is on beyond amazing.

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          1. re: sebetti

            sebetti, I get "page no longer exists" under that link. Could you possibly research on the ritrovo site, or suggest another link about the product itself? We may find other sources for it, if we can know about the product.

            1. re: eatzalot

              My apologies.
              What I was attempting to link to was a description of a chestnut puree with cocoa and rum. The cocoa is more of an accent (as is the rum) to the paste (vs. the super - chocolate power of Nutella). It's sublime.

              I initially found this product two years ago at a local gourmet grocery (Pastaworks) and forgot about it. While doing a little spring cleaning in my spice drawer, I found it again. I decided to try it and toss it....Yeah, that didn't happen. What happened was that I ended up hopping into my car to drive 20 miles to a decent bakery to get a fresh loaf of bread.


              Here's another site that does work when I copy and paste the link in...I wish I could test the link before I post it....

          2. Try this: Fill won ton wrappers with Nutella, fold in half diagonally, seal, deep fry, sprinkle with powdered sugar.

            Talk about addiction......

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              1. re: jmckee

                Nutella, fine chopped peaches and crushed pecans. I just pan sear and amazing. Top with powdered sugar. Great also wish some fresh raspberries on top
                You can also use some raspberry preserves which is a great dip for the ravioli.

                1. re: jmckee

                  You know, sometimes Chowhound reminds me of that scene in the movie "Fatso" (I can't be the only one here who has seen that movie and thinks it's cute) where there's a group of dieters sitting around trying to help out the main character who is in a food crisis, and they start talking about all the cool things they do with different foods.

                  "Have you ever tried...."

                  In the end they all ran charging into the kitchen and started cooking and eating themselves into insensibility. ;D

                  You people are deadly. ;D

                  1. re: jmckee

                    That reminds me of this horrible (and by horrible, I mean, wonderful yet crazy and guilt inducing) dessert I had in Nashville -- chocolate chip cookie dough spring rolls covered in chocolate sauce and served with ice cream. So wrong, yet so right.

                    1. re: jmckee

                      The nutella pockets you are referring to actually do exist in Italy. They are called Panzerotti, and just about every Southern Italian neighborhood has their own take on both savory and sweet methods. Savory ones are typically fried, kind of like really large dumplings. But the sweet ones are often baked and filled with either a gianduja cream (like nutella) or sweet ricotta, or perhaps a combination. They are also really tasty with ricotta and fruit preserves.

                      1. re: vvvindaloo

                        Oh my gosh - that sounds incredible!!

                        1. re: vvvindaloo

                          I believe Giada must have a recipe for the Panzerotti in one of her cookbooks--I remember seeing her make them in an episode...

                          1. re: jmckee

                            Now create a mango puree for dipping and take that Nutella wonton to a whole new level!

                          2. I use nutella in my cheesecake.