Homemade Nutella

Homemade Chocolate Hazelnut Spread (aka Nutella)

Once upon a time, in a Country far far away, there was a little girl living with a serious sweet tooth. Her dad would occasionally bring home some jars of a delicious chocolate and hazelnut spread. She would eat it on toast or with grissini (Italian breadsticks) as a special snack when she got good grades in school.

The spread is Nutella and to this day it is one of my most cherished childhood memories. The dynamic in my family was such that my mom (the health conscious parent) was feeding me the leafy greens while my dad would encourage me to try the interesting stuff. So when the occasional jar of Nutella was acquired I would enjoy in moderation.

You may remember that the topic of homemade Nutella has already been discussed on the previous iteration of this blog. The post is still here.

The problem with the existing recipe I developed is that, while the texture is very similar to the store bought product, it is not shelf stable. It is also a much longer process and now that I have a toddler a longer more convoluted recipe is just not sustainable.  I need to pick speed of execution and overall taste over texture.

So the old recipe is nowadays perfect as a filler for a chocolate hazelnut pie. The new recipe in the video below is the most decadent healthy spread you will ever have. It is a close as it gets to Nutella’s grandmother “Giacometta” (for more information on the history of Nutella click here).

If you are planning on making holiday treats for your friends, forget the cookies and try this instead. They will be excited to eat a chocolate hazelnut spread that is decadent and satisfying as this.