A long time ago when I went to an Amedei chocolate tasting, I heard that Amedei makes their own hazelnut spread. As a Nutella lover, this was news to me, and I absolutely had to try it! I’m now a convert to liking Amedei a lot more than Nutella 😉
The spread looked smooth with tiny bits of hazelnut mixed in.
On toast, the spread melted easily and became soupy, but not messy. I was able to taste the tiny bits of hazelnut mixed into the spread and it overall tasted more authentic in hazelnut flavor. I had this on blueberry bread, and it was absolutely delicious!
Now here’s why Nutella and Amedei are so different:
Nutella has oil in their spread whereas Amedei has no oil.
Nutella’s ingredient list (directly from the box): sugar, palm oil, hazelnuts, cocoa, skim milk, whey (milk), lecithin as emulsifier (soy), vanillin: an artificial flavor.
Lately when I’ve opened up a packet of Nutella, I’ve discovered that the oil has separated from the rest of the spread components, and I have to mix it back in. That actually kind of bothers me, because the Nutella and Amedei spreads were being stored in the same cabinet at room temperature, yet Nutella was having issues keeping itself together while Amedei was fine.
Amedei’s ingredient list (directly from the jar): hazelnut “Tonda Gentile Trilobata” (minimum 50%), cane sugar, cocoa mass, cocoa, vanilla. May contain traces of almond, pistachio, walnut, milk.
Tonda Gentile Trilobata referrs to the type of hazelnut that Amedei uses, which comes from Italy. With their shorter ingredients list, no mention of oil, and more realistic hazelnut flavor, I would rather eat Amedei’s hazelnut spread. Nutella is definitely more widely available and doesn’t cost much, but if you get a chance to try Amedei’s spread, do it!
Amedei: Made in Tuscany, Italy