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Palm oil is the best option to ensure that the Nutella® product has the right texture and structure. Palm oil is flavorless, odorless and does not interfere with the taste of Nutella®’s other ingredients and, most importantly, it does not undergo hydrogenation, which produces “trans fats” that scientists have labelled as potentially harmful to health. Without palm oil, we’d have to use a mixture of other many other oils to create the consistency necessary for our recipe.
Nutella® is currently classified by the FDA as a dessert topping. It is completely safe to eat. The health and well-being of our consumers is Ferrero’s first priority.
No. The vegetable oil contained in Nutella® is palm oil is extracted directly from the palm fruit and gives our spread its creamy texture. For this reason, the product does not have to undergo hydrogenation, a process responsible for the formation of trans fats, which are considered particularly unhealthy by both authorities and the scientific community.
According to a 2019 article in Harvard Health Publishing, palm oil contains a more favorable fatty acid composition than palm kernel oil and coconut oil, which are more than 85% saturated. In general, the higher the saturated fat content, the more solid a fat is at room temperature. Palm oil is semisolid at room temperature but can be processed into a liquid cooking oil. Ferrero has always paid great attention to both the quality of its products and its raw materials. Palm oil’s molecular structure makes it ideal for confectionery products and spreads. It has been a part of human diets for thousands of years; in fact, scientific studies find it perfectly healthy when consumed in moderation as part of a balanced diet. As with palm oil, Nutella® is not considered to be unhealthy when consumed in moderation as part of a balanced diet.
The Ferrero Palm Oil Charter signifies our commitment to sustainably source palm oil. The charter is a set of guidelines that help us combat the main causes of deforestation, and balance key environmental and social issues with profitability. The 10 goals established by Ferrero in the Palm Oil Charter can be summarized as follows:
- Supply-chain traceability
- Not clearing high carbon forests
- Not using fire to clear land
- Not planting on peat soils
- Protection of endangered species
- Monitoring of greenhouse gas emissions
- Human rights enforcement, including FPIC – Free Prior Informed Consent
- Enforcement of the rights of workers
- No usage of Paraquat (herbicide)
- Active fight against corruption
Our cocoa primarily originates from the Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. Ferrero processes the raw cocoa beans to produce cocoa powder directly in its factories.
The cocoa we buy for Nutella® comes from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms so that we can help improve the livelihoods of farmers and their families and conserve natural resources and biodiversity. (Discover more at www.ra.org). Moreover all of our cocoa farmers are GPS mapped, allowing the full traceability of our supply-chain at the farm group level, meaning that we can monitor illegal deforestation and ensure we are not buying any cocoa beans from protected areas. Ferrero is also a founding member of the Cocoa and Forest Initiative (CFI), a collaboration between industry and the governments of Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire to end deforestation and restore forest areas.
The hazelnuts used in Nutella® originate primarily from Turkey, Italy, Chile and here in the USA. The harvest takes place between the beginning of August and the end of September. To ensure the availability of only the highest quality of hazelnuts, cultivation also takes place in countries from the Southern Hemisphere, representing an additional harvest from February to March.
13% of the recipe for Nutella comes from hazelnuts, which means that, for example, a 750g (26.5 OZ) jar of Nutella® contains approximately 97 hazelnuts.
Yes, Nutella® contains skimmed milk powder. The milk in Nutella® is supplied only by selected and reliable milk producers obtained from quality long-term relationships.
As with other chocolate and confectionery products, we use milk powder for technological purposes. Since our recipe is anhydrous, it requires the use of milk powder to give it its creamy texture.
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Whether you’re looking to bake a loaf of delicious Nutella ® banana bread or serve up some tasty Nutella ®-infused pancakes around the breakfast table, we have plenty of easy, homemade Nutella ® recipes to help you celebrate special moments with your family and loved ones. Check out the “Get Inspired” section of our website for our full list of our favourite Nutella ® recipes.
With its creamy texture and rich, hazelnut taste, Nutella® is the perfect topping to any breakfast food. Spread some Nutella® on your toast, crepes, pancakes, waffles and more to start your morning with a smile! Or, try some Nutella® with breadsticks or pretzels for a tasty on-the-go snack.
Nutella®’s iconic recipe remains the same, all over the world. At Ferrero, we make Nutella® by combining the freshest, most high-quality ingredients possible in order to bring you an exceptional taste experience. We make Nutella® using just seven ingredients: Sugar, palm oil, hazelnuts (13%), skim milk powder (8.7%), fat-reduced cocoa (7.4%), emulsifier, lecithin (soya), artificial vanillin. Together, these ingredients deliver Nutella®’s signature creaminess and rich, hazelnut flavor. Check out the “Quality and Ingredients” section on our website to learn more. A full listing of Nutella®’s ingredients and nutrition facts can also be found on our Nutella® jar labels.
There are no peanuts or peanut ingredients, in Nutella® spread or Nutella® to Go products.
Nutella® spread is gluten free whereas our Nutella® to Go contains breadsticks or pretzels and is not gluten free.
Higher temperatures may cause the product to separate. If you stir well, the product should reconstitute.
Texture of Nutella® changes when refrigerated or kept in a colder environment below 65 degrees. We recommend you keep your product at ambient temperature (65-75 degrees) for the next 24 hours and it will soften.