Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Food Review: Nutella vs. Jif Chocolate Hazelnut
If you've followed me for any length of time, you know I'm a Nutella freak. I know, I know, not everyone is and that's fine...more for us. :-)
The Mr wanted to try the Jif Hazelnut Chocolate to see how it stacked up. Now I've been burned before by trying to get something similar like Justin's Chocolate Hazelnut spread (ugh, NOT a fan) and even my beloved Trader Joe's struck out big time with their chocolate almond spread. *shudder* The Mr finished it off but we should've taken it back.
So you can imagine I was less than optimistic to try Jif's version but thought if any company could, it would be them. Yesterday was the day to bust it out since I was out of my Nutella. The first thing I noticed was the texture was much different; thinner. I know Nutella is thin when you first get it and you have to stir it but this was thin in a different way. The taste was okay. You definitely couldn't pull one over on me and give me a tablespoon of Jif and say "it's Nutella" because it doesn't taste anything like it to me. Nutella has a smoother, sweeter taste to me that I prefer. If I didn't know what Nutella tasted like and tried the Jif, I'd probably like it a lot. It's a preference thing but I would say of all of the non-Nutella chocolate nut spreads out there, this is the best.
I also wish that I'd looked at the nutritional info before I bought it because it's 230 calories for 2 tbsp compared to 200 calories with Nutella. I only use 1 tbsp so it's only 15 calories so I know it's not a huge difference but when you're counting calories, every one counts.
Would I recommend it? Sure. Just because I don't like something doesn't mean other people wouldn't and who knows for you Nutella haters, this may taste just different enough for you to like it. Would I buy it again? Nope. I'll be refueling my Nutella vat when this jar of Jif is done.
Do you have a favorite chocolate nut spread? Have you tried a product that has similar ingredients to your favorite food and been pleasantly surprised or disappointed?
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