There will always be room in my life for the original chocolate-hazelnut spread, but I have to admit that I try not to think too hard about the ingredients. If you feel the same, these all-natural chocolate spreads are a dream. They have all of the taste and none of the fake stuff. (And you can buy 4 of them at the store!)
A quick note before we dig in: Some of these contain one or two ingredients that, though “all-natural,” are considered questionable by some. Still, if you ask me, each and every one is a better overall choice to artificial ingredients and that’s good enough. Because, really, what’s life if you can’t spread a little chocolate over the top?
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Given that these finds are are inspired by my love of Nutella, a spread so delicious it’s earned a word-wide day of recognition, I’ve got to start with Nocciolata, a totally delicious and completely all-natural chocolate-hazelnut spread. This stuff is organic, gluten-free, non-GMO, and made without palm oil, hydrogenated fat, artificial flavors or colors. Even with its short ingredients list (all words you can say!), it’s a dead ringer for Nutella with the same exact rich flavor and smooth texture. It’s a little more expensive, but barely so and every extra dime is worth it to me.
This natural Hazelnut with Cocoa Spread is a new product from Endangered Species Chocolate, one of our favorite fair-trade chocolate companies. Their rich, nutty spread is made with cocoa you can feel good about and GMO-free ingredients. If that isn’t enough, you can also feel good splurging on this deliciousness knowing that the company donates 10 percent of net profits to fund species and habitat conservation.
You can find out where to buy this Hazelnut with Cocoa Spread, as well as their two other varieties, at the Endangered Species Chocolate website.
Barefoot and Chocolate has set out to make better chocolate spreads and, well, we think they’re succeeding. The company lives by an easy formula of good karma plus the best ingredients including certified sustainable palm fruit oil, fair trade cocoa powder and vanilla, organic milk, and sunflower lecithin, a natural alternative to the the more widely-used (and somewhat controversial) soy lecithin. All that’s great, but it’s really the taste that matters most and their Hazelnut Chocolate Spread hits the spot. Now I can’t wait to try the Almond Coconut Chocolate Spread and Dark Chocolate Almond Spread with Sea Salt. Yum!
You can buy all three varies of these chocolate spreads at the Barefoot and Chocolate website.
If you’re lucky enough to live in a city with a Le Pain Quotidien, a chain of French-style bakeries that began in Brussels and has spread to several major U.S. cities, you’re probably familiar with their Noisella Chocolate Spread. This rich, nutty spread is made with Belgian chocolate and organic ingredients (well, except for that soy lecithin), and is perfect on croissants. Now if only they shipped those, too!
Okay, so this is cheating a little bit since this Dark Chocolate Dreams spread by Peanut Butter & Co. is made with peanuts and not hazelnuts, but I think you’ll forgive me. At least if you love peanut butter. If you do, this stuff, made without hydrogenated oils or high-fructose corn syrup, is the bomb diggity. Your monkeys are guaranteed to love it.
You can buy Dark Chocolate Dreams and lots of other all-natural, flavored peanut butters at the Peanut Butter & Co. website.
Related: Nutella recipes for World Nutella Day.
This organic Chocolate Spread from Date Lady (pictured above & top) is the least conventional on this list and also the least processed, made with nothing more than date syrup, cocoa, coconut oil, cocoa butter, vanilla, sea salt, and pectin. Honestly, I haven’t tried this, but I have tried some of their other products and think that their Caramel Sauce is out of this world, so I’m willing to give the chocolate spread a try. I have a good feeling that it’s going to become a pantry staple in my house.
You can buy this all-natural chocolate spread through the Date Lady website.
Of course, the best way to know exactly what’s in your chocolate spread is to make it yourself. You might be surprised to learn that making homemade Nutella like this Chocolate Hazelnut Spread (above & top) at Pastry Affair is pretty easy business. Throw ingredients into a food processor, whiz, and indulge. No guilt allowed.