Reviewed by Lindsay Burton
Fans of the iconic hazelnut chocolate spread can get their name emblazoned on a jar this Christmas, in selected Debenhams stores. I had the opportunity to try Nutella’s personalised jar of heaven and I jumped at the chance. My 400g glass jar arrived at my door adorned with my name printed on the label in the same Nutella font. This would make such a lovely, tasty gift with a loved one’s name on and there will be no quibbles about who is eating who’s Nutella!
The personalised jars come in two generous sizes, including 400g and 1kg, and they cost slightly more than usual. If that’s not enough, then Nutella has also just released a trio gift pack of festive mini jars. A perfect stocking filler, each mini jar contains a 15g portion of the tasty chocolate spread. It has an authentic taste of hazelnuts and cocoa and its unique creaminess intensifies the flavour. It is so delicious that even a small amount is highly satisfying: 15g/ 1 heaped tsp Nutella spread on wholegrain bread is enough to guarantee an unbeatable taste and a pleasurable experience and as a family, we absolutely fell in love with the taste of Nutella! If you like sweet milk chocolate, I would almost guarantee you will like this. If you are more of a salty food kind of person, or like sweet things but not extremely so, find a way to try it first. If you compare it with Almond butter (a substitute I have tried before) you will find that the sugar only adds about 20 calories a serving, not as much as some people might fear. And if you have a child that isn’t fond of breakfast (I have one of those too), you should try giving them this one whole grain toast or waffles or even little scotch pancakes with some berries for a healthy twist. The flavour of whole grain combines really well with the flavour of Nutella, and I prefer it like this than with white toast. So it could end up being a really good breakfast treat. It has a lot less sodium than Almond butter, but also only 1/3 of the protein it. I wouldn’t really recommend it as a significant source of protein. If you are looking at it as a substitute for peanut butter or almond butter, this is more about the fact that it will make your kid (or yourself) eat other stuff that is healthy by making things like whole grain yummy, than a good source of protein that could support you or your child as breakfast on its own. The options on what to put this on are endless and there are TONS of recipes out there with it, check them out.
Our family favourite is a 3 ingredient cupcake recipe of which Nutella is of course the main ingredient! The cupcakes only take a few minutes to bake and what you bite into is a rich chocolate cupcake with a gooey chocolate centre. Whatever the reason, these personalised pots make a lovely gift and being crammed full of delight, could be a small addition to your shopping list that would create a lot of happiness in your home!
For more information, visit www.nutella.com.