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Other than Nutella, do you have a favorite, "go-to" Chocolate-Hazelnut spread?

I was under the (erroneous) belief that Nutella had cornered the market on Chocolate-Hazelnut spreads until I saw a shelf load of different brands at my local Big Lots.

Apparently Jif even makes a chocolate-hazelnut spread.

And there's one called "Landsberg" with cute chipmunks on the jar.

There's also a thing called "Nutkao" which purports to be an Italian version of Nutella, as well as one called "Loaker" and "Nocilla". If Marvel ever needed new villian names for Avengers 2, they can start with chocolate-hazelnut brand names, I suppose.

So, are you a rebel? Do you give Nutella the middle-finger and go indie? If so, which brand do you swear by?

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  1. Trader Joes current version uses almonds instead of Hazelnuts. Previously they had a version made in Turkey.

    Nutella is originally Italian.

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/820245
    talks about Venchi, another Italian version, that some of us had bought at TJMaxx. I bought a jar, but gave it as a Christmas present, so don't know how it tastes.

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    1. re: paulj

      NOCCIOLATA

      1) ORGANIC
      2) NO artificial ingredients
      3) NO transfat

      this is the real deal, not phoney food with phoney ingredients.
      (imported from italy)

      1. re: westsidegal

        Wasn't there an Italian porn star with a name similar to Nocciolata?

    2. It's expensive, and contains some almonds as well as hazelnuts, but I am crazy about Justin's Nut Butter brand chocolate hazelnut butter.

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      1. re: milklady

        When I saw the title to the thread, I opened it so that I could add that it's not chocolate hazelnut, but I LOVE Justin's Nut Butter brand chocolate almond spread. I keep telling my foody friends that it will ruin you for Nutella!

        1. re: Kathleen M

          Kathleen, have you had the Justin's chocolate hazelnut (which includes hazelnuts and almonds)? I absolutely love it. Tho maybe I will also try the chocolate almond now.

        2. re: milklady

          Another vote for Justin's Chocolate Hazelnut! I've never tried their chocolate almond or chocolate peanut (yes, tho, the choc hazelnut does have almonds in it).

          1. re: milklady

            Agreed. Justin's chocolate hazelnut butter is wonderful, and it's diary-free, which is a plus for me.

            1. re: Divamac

              And it's great on toasted ezekiel sprouted grain bread. I know this, because I just had it for lunch (along with a bowl of cherries).

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            1. 'Do you give Nutella the middle-finger and go indie?'
              You are so frigging funny ipsy..
              I went to the .99cent store and found something like 'nut job' spread and it was horrid..

              Cathy at Zanni foods...your stuff looks fab and I'm all over that pistachio cream spread..