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Nov 28, 2011 07:24 PM

Is this White Nutella? should I open it?

Words on jar of Venchi purchased 11-26-11

Have you bought and eaten it?

Venchi il cioccolato dal 1878

Con olia d’Oliva

White Gianduja spread

Crema di Latte e nocciole de spalmare

Crema da spalmare con nocciole piemonte I.G.P.

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  1. It's Italian:

    Words on jar of Venchi Purchased 11-26-11

    Have you bought and eaten it?

    Venchi chocolate since 1878

    Oiled with olive oil

    White Gianduja spread

    Milk and cream of hazelnut spread

    Piedmont hazelnut spread with cream I.G.P.

    3 Replies
    1. re: todao

      Well, thank you for the links. I hadn't found anything.

      "Venchi “Crema di Latte e Nocciole” White Gianduja Spread

      Hazelnuts, milk, and a touch of natural vanilla."

      One site says:

      "Gianduja was first invented in Turin, Italy by Paul Caffarel in 1865."

      "By grinding hazelnuts into a paste and then adding it to chocolate and sugar, he was able to produce a creamy, nutty treat."

      But there appears to be absolutely no chocolate in this at all.

      . It looks to me that Venchi and chocolate go together. And, I don't think this is white chocolate.

      No I haven't opened it. But I bought it and will at least taste it. I was curious.

      1. re: Rella

        I think "Venchi Chocolate" is the name of the company that makes this milk based hazelnut spread.
        Sometimes cocoa butter or other flavorings are used so enhance the principal flavor in confections and their finished appearance doesn't provide a hint of the chocolate they contain.

        1. re: todao

          Personally, I wish it had some deep, dark chocolate in it, or just any chocolate in it, So, I'm going to put it on the shelf for a very snowy and dark day.

          Thanks for helping.

    2. Hi Rella,

      All Nutella is gianduja, but not all gianduja is Nutella... and actually, calling Nutella gianduja is a little bit of a stretch (gianduja's normally darker).

      It's not really white Nutella. It's not made with white chocolate... it is more like a milk jam pounded together with hazelnuts. I'm slightly alarmed by the olive oil reference, because normally milk jam (called confiture de lait in French) isn't made with oil, and hazelnuts give off their own oil so additional olive oil should be unnecessary.

      I'd say try it; if you don't like it, bring it to the next ice cream social you're involved in and watch it disappear, either through consumption or through cleanup. Then you're karmically debt-free.

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      1. re: Das Ubergeek

        how is Nutella pronounced? I've been saying 'nut el la', but just heard on TV 'new tel la' (long u).

        1. re: paulj

          I've always used the "long u" pronounciation.

            1. re: greygarious

              I'm so jealous! Venchi is very high end Italian chocolate so I'm certain it will be delightful. I just returned from Italy with as much gianduja as I could justify and carry. I love the Novi brand of this ultra smooth, creamy hazelnut flavored milk chocolate. They also produce a chocolate hazelnut spread called Crema Novi, which is 45% hazelnut vs Nutella's 10%. Just like folks call all tissues Kleenex, many refer to all chocolate spreads as Nutella when actually is is a brand name, not the actual product.

              Most markets also carry the white spread that you have, though it is not as popular. Venchi is not sold in supermarkets but rather in specialty shops and the price point is higher than mass market brands. I'm curious. Where did you purchase it?

              Spread and enjoy!

              1. re: tweetie

                I purchased this one jar (that's all they had) at a TJMaxx store where they have jars of intriguing food stuff.

                I like the La Masrojana brand of olives, such as Gordo, and along with this purchase of Venchi, I bought a jar of La Masrojana olive spread which I hadn't seen before.

                I had been buying jars of Italian honey, but it hasn't been there for months.

                FWIW, I'm really not 'that' fond of hazlenuts, but I feel this brand would be a good sample of the real-deal. I have bought previously a hazlenut spread which I did like, but it not a product that is delicious to me. A taste of hazlenut in my coffee will send me nauseously reeling to the banyo.

                1. re: Rella

                  Hazelnut flavouring is one of the most disgusting things on earth... but I agree with tweetie, that's quite a score since I'm sure TJMaxx sold it at a fire-sale discount.

                  1. re: Das Ubergeek

                    You be the judge :-))

                    350 g.

                    $18.50 on a link posted above.

                    Label on bottom of jar: "Compare to $14 - price $7.99."

                    I paid $7.99.

                    At the time I thought it should be somewhere between $4.99 and $6.99, but I couldn't resist.

            2. re: paulj

              Noo-tel-lah (in Italian both Ls are pronounced distinctly).

              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                I pronounce it DELICIOUS!!!!
                And I've always said Nut-ell-a. I think this and the Italian version are both acceptable, though.

              2. re: paulj

                You can call it what you like... but in Australia it's NUT-ella. And it's yummy.

                Speaking of which, I bought a jar of something called Biscoff spread a few weeks ago. It said it was a European alternative to peanut butter... and it turned out to taste like molten cinnamon cookies. Mmmmmmmm that stuff was GOOD!!!!!!!!!!

                1. re: Kajikit

                  Biscoff spread is the American trade name for speculoos. Fantastic stuff.

              1. re: paulj

                I just picked up the same bottle from Marshall's, same price. I put it on a Sweet Hawaiian Roll that I toasted, and it was delicious. =)

                1. re: mflantin

                  I'm glad to hear that - I've not opened the jar yet. I guess my sweet tooth hasn't been calling its name. Thanks for your report.