Are you that person who makes a mad dash for the snack table on surprise treat days at school, dying to get your hands on your favorite chocolate hazlenut spread? The delicious and versatile Nutella was registered in 1963 by Ferrero, the same Italian company who created Ferrero Rocher chocolates. Nutella has since gained worldwide popularity and is sold in 75 countries. Are you anguished that you can only taste such a delectable flavor when there’s a rare morning treat? Fear not. If you’re crazy for Nutella, you can make it yourself at home with this easy recipe!
Hazlenut Chocolate Spread (makes one large cup)
1 cup shelled, toasted hazelnuts, skins removed
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate discs, melted
2 tablespoon cocoa (Valrhona)
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 split vanilla bean
a few drops, vegetable oil (optional)
Add hazelnuts to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until it becomes a smooth peanut butter-like consistency. Add the melted chocolate, cocoa, sugar and vanilla. Process until smooth and well-mixed. Add vegetable oil one drop at a time, and pulse to a smooth, spreadable consistency, if necessary. Store in a tightly sealed glass jar and use as desired.
Happy Cooking, and try not to eat the entire batch in one sitting!