Something new and unbelievable is making headlines today. No, not Trump's Twitter page. The other thing. No, not the new iOS update. The other, other thing. It's Nutella. Before you go into panic-mode, the famous hazelnut spread isn't going anywhere; but it has gotten a little update. For reasons unbeknownst to us, Nutella changed their recipe, leaving the people of the internet shocked and dismayed.
What's not to like about Nutella? Its creaminess. Its smooth texture. Its insanely sweet taste that makes your teeth ache due to the high sugar content. The list goes on and on. For years, it's been a dietary staple for millions. Thanks to Ferrero, Nutella has warmed the hearts of many not only due to its taste but also its versatility. Spread it on some toast for a sweet breakfy. Scoop some into your cookie batter for a delicious baked surprise. Eat it straight out of the jar with a spoon when nobody is looking and pin the blame on someone else. Nutella has been there for us through thick and thin; so fans were surprised to hear whispers that Ferrero had adjusted the recipe, because... why? Why change something that’s already so magical?
It was first caught by the German consumer group Hamburg Consumer Protection Centre. They explained on their Facebook page the differences between the old and new Nutella: because there wasn't enough sugar in it already, it went up from 55.9 percent to 56.3 percent. Skim milk powder increased from 7.5 percent to 8.7 percent. And in an unlikely twist of events, fat went from 31 percent... down to 30.9 percent.
The final result? A sweeter Nutella that's a slightly lighter shade of brown.
To some, it may not seem like a huge deal. It's not like they completely revamped the famous and beloved hazelnut spread; regardless, Twitter erupted with disgruntled fans flabbergasted that Ferrero changed the recipe at all, since you can't make something better when it's already perfect. You know what they say: if it ain't broke...
The Nutella recipe has come under fire before but for a slightly different reason: its use of palm oil — an ingredient that apparently remains unchanged after this most recent recipe update. After the European Food Safety Authority deemed palm oil a "potential health concern," consumers began expressing concern over its use in Nutella — something, the company says, that helps make it so spreadable. Nutella's not the only one who uses it, either; you might be surprised to find palm oil in all kinds of candies and baked goods, and even in toothpaste, makeup, shampoo, and soap. While some brands have removed it from their products, Nutella has maintained that the almighty spread is safe to consume, palm oil and all.
Whether it's because they want to avoid palm oil or they're just looking to make a healthier version all together, some people have taken matters into their own hands and come up with their own Nutella recipes. You'll find that many recipes call for the same handful of ingredients — hazelnuts (obvi), milk chocolate, vegetable oil, confectioners' sugar, and cocoa powder. The possibilities with Nutella — whether that be store-bought or homemade — are truly endless. People come up with all sorts of creative (and tasty) ideas. Behold, and salivate.
The sky is the limit. The chocolatey, smooth, delicious, creamy limit.
While the new recipe may look a little different and #NutellaGate may have broken the internet a little, we're confident this is the same tastebud-tingling Nutella that we fell in love with years ago.