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August 17, 2014

Move Over Nutella, Make Room for Barefoot and Chocolate!

by Anne Paddock

Fifty years ago, an Italian company (Ferrero) introduced Nutella, the brand name of a hazelnut chocolate spread whose two main ingredients are sugar and palm oil.  For decades, there were few choices in the chocolate nut butter market until Barefoot and Chocolate came along in 2013 and created a Hazelnut Chocolate Spread that still relies on sugar (albeit, organic and fair-trade certified) but uses a heavier hand when it comes to hazelnuts and cocoa, the two main flavor ingredients that give Barefoot and Chocolate’s Hazelnut Chocolate Spread its rich, satisfying taste.

Barefoot and ChocolateBarefoot and Chocolate Hazelnut Chocolate Spread is a super premium chocolate spread with only the best ingredients and lots of them. Made with organic cane sugar, hazelnuts, palm fruit oil, organic cocoa powder, organic sunflower oil, skimmed milk powder, sunflower lecithin, and organic vanilla, the Hazelnut Chocolate Spread has no hydrogenated oils, trans fat, artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives, and no GMO’s. Delicious out of the jar, with fruit, in a crepe, or on toasted bread, Barefoot and Chocolate Hazelnut Chocolate  Spread is rich, luscious and addicting.

Hazelnut and Chocolate SpreadNutritionally, a serving (2 tablespoons) of Barefoot and Chocolate Hazelnut Chocolate Spread has 210 calories, 15 grams of fat, 16 grams of sugar, 3 grams of protein, and 9 mg of sodium compared to Nutella which has 200 calories, 12 grams of fat, 21 grams of sugar, 2 grams of protein and 15 mg of sodium. Although the spreads appear to be similar, the Barefoot and Chocolate brand has a higher fat content because the spread contains more hazelnuts whereas a larger portion of Nutella’s fat grams come from palm oil.

Barefoot and Chocolate is based in Norwalk, Connecticut and has the Hazelnut Chocolate Spread made in Belgium where all the ingredients are fair-trade certified and non-GMO project verified. Barefoot and Chocolate Hazelnut Chocolate Spread (about $8 for a 10 ounce jar) is more expensive than Nutella (about $3 for a 13-ounce jar) primarily because of the high quality ingredients (more hazelnuts, organic sugar, organic cocoa powder, organic sunflower oil, and organic vanilla). Buy for the flavor, the ingredients, and to support a small business in America.Barefoot and Chocolate Spreads

See the company website for more information and to read about the other nut butters – Almond Coconut Chocolate Spread and Dark Chocolate Almond Spread with Sea SaltBarefoot and Chocolate are producing:   www.barefootandchocolate.com.  To purchase the Hazelnut Chocolate Spread, shop on-line at www.amazon.com or www.abesmarket.com. Use the company locator service to find a store nearby:  www.barefootandchocolate.com/locations.

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