Thursday 19 October 2017

Taste test: Chocolate spreads

How sad were we when Nutella was outed as the latest food no-no earlier this year? Stock photo
How sad were we when Nutella was outed as the latest food no-no earlier this year? Stock photo

Katy McGuinness

How sad were we when Nutella was outed as the latest food no-no earlier this year? Not that we had ever considered it a health food, but the revelation that it was full of palm oil left us feeling shocked. We asked our testers to consider other chocolate spreads and how they stack up against the market leader.

M&S Smooth Italian Hazelnut Chocolate Spread, 200g, €4.40, 9/10

This utterly delicious spread from M&S tastes exactly like the filling of M&S's addictive praline-filled mini-eggs. This is not a bad thing. Contains palm fat. Has 658 calories per 100g.

Cillian's Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Spread (SuperValu), 140g, €4.99, 7/10

Cillian describes himself as 'a sports enthusiast and healthy lifestyle advocate'. This Irish-made spread is no less calorific than the others that we tested, but it doesn't contain palm oil. The texture is a bit sawdust-y, but the flavour is good. Has 640 calories per 100g.

Nutella Hazelnut Spread with Cocoa, 400g, €2.70, 7/10

Much sweeter than the M&S version, Nutella is the market leader for good reason. It tastes great, but does contain palm oil. Has 546 calories per 100g.

Meridian Cocoa & Hazelnut Butter, 170g, €5.50, 6/10

A cross between a nut butter and a hazelnut spread, this is not quite as decadently gooey as the others. There's a strong flavour of coconut too. Does not contain palm oil. 661 calories per 100g.

Cadbury's Milk Chocolate Spread, 400g, €2.95, 5/10

Our testers found this chocolate spread very sweet, but quite delicious. Contains palm oil. Has 572 calories per 100g.

Plamil Organic Chocolate Spread, 275g, €4.09, 2/10

Purchased in Holland & Barrett, this spread was not popular with our testers. It contains no nuts, which might explain why it tastes so awful. Although it's organic, it contains palm fat. Suitable for vegans. Has 557 calories per 100g.

Irish Independent

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