What The Nutella?

The Washington Post: “Nutella confirmed on its Twitter feed that the recipe ‘underwent a fine-tuning’ after Germany’s Hamburg Consumer Protection Center said on Facebook that it appeared the recipe had changed. That set off both panic and anger on social media in a symphony of languages — English, German and Italian chief among them … Ferrero, the Italian company that makes Nutella, Tic Tacs and Ferrero Rocher chocolates, insisted that ‘the quality . . . and all other aspects of Nutella remain the same,’ in a statement obtained by the BBC.”

“The changes are to its milk and sugar content. The new recipe has 8.7 percent powdered skim milk, instead of 7.5 percent. It also contains 56.3 percent sugar, instead of the previous 55.9 percent, the Hamburg Consumer Protection Center said, according to Deutsche Welle.”

“The outcry is slightly ironic when considering the candy’s history. Nutella was created by an altered recipe for a chocolate spread. It was invented by Italian chef Pietro Ferrero after World War II out of necessity, according to the BBC. Cocoa was hard to come by in postwar Italy. In an attempt to make a chocolate paste without much chocolate, he decided to stretch a little bit of cocoa a long way with hazelnuts. He shaped this into a loaf he called ‘Giandujot,’ after a carnival character … Years later, Ferrero’s son Michele would tweak the recipe and rename it ‘Nutella,’ and it became a worldwide sensation.”

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