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January 31st, 2011

Costco sells Nutella. I'm not a hazelnut or Nutella fan, but the Europeans in my life are. So I bought them Nutella.

I decided to eat some one afternoon, spooning it on top of apple slices. Claus and Christian just fawn over it, so I wanted to give it another try to see what I'm missing.

It's yummy. I looked at the label and it read "11 grams fat." I was spacing out and I thought, 11 grams for the whole bottle? Maybe it's not as bad as I expected! I kept eating more. I noticed that it was being promoted as a healthy breakfast food, too. That seems to imply healthy. I kept eating.

I had just eaten a significant portion of the jar and was still not completely convinced that Nutella is low in fat. I generally operate on the premise that, if it's tasty, it has to be fattening. I double checked the nutrition label with Claus. "Eleven grams of fat. That's not bad, right?"

He looked at me like I was the "nut" part of nutella. "Eleven grams per serving. A serving is two tablespoons!" he corrected.



A shout out to my old friend, Navy sailor Keith Jones. He was a well-liked KHNL editor on the weekend show with me and now getting recognition for his military service on the NBC affiliate in San Diego where he now lives. Miss you, Keith!


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4 Responses to “Nutella”

  1. galekaminari:

    I think that Nutella is European junk/fake food. Funny that European guys living in Hawaii like it. Must be comfort food for them. The European chef at Mix Cafe on Alakea St. offers it as an option on the Belgian Waffles. The waffles are great, but the fresh fruit topping was beautiful but very sour, so we tried the Nutella. Well, the best I can say is, "It was better than the sour fruit". But, when we had the jar to read in Venice, I seem to recall that it was junky and a highly processed fake food made with added junk fat, and did not taste all that great. For those who have been to Venice, you know that Venice is not the hot spot for fresh food, except at Rialto. Everything pretty much is imported in. Nutella at breakfast came to symbolize the junkie food of our Venetian breakfasts, to us.

    It is possible to eat well in Venice, and we managed to do so for lunches and dinners for a week. Just not at breakfast. I wonder if the European guy who set out the breakfast at our hotel loved Nutella too, so thought that he was giving us a deluxe breakfast treat! That would be funny! I remember asking what kind of milk he was serving for hot chocolate (because it tasted awful, industrialized and fake--below reconstituted powdered milk, which can be decent sometimes). He looked at me blankly and then like I was an idiot tourist and said, "What do you mean what kind of milk? Milk!" Later that day, we went to a grocery store and there was only one kind of milk, in unrefrigerated boxes, like jumbo juice boxes, stacked on the floor. No milk in refrigerated cases.

    Gad, do I sound like a Portlandian? Regardless, Nutella is yucky stuff. A place I used to frequent used to make hot chocolate and iced chocolate by melting freshly shaved Belgian chocolate. But, now uses Hershey's chocolate syrup. Nutella is on a par with that. Yummy or not, just not going there! 😉

  2. Kage:

    Not a fan of hazelnut either. Never tried Nutella, probably will not ever try it.

  3. M:

    hahaha! you guys are always so funny!

  4. zzzzzz:

    My kids and I tried it at Costco when they had samples. We liked the taste, but when we checked the nutritional info, it was an easy decision to not buy it. Very high in sugar as well as fat, IIRC.

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