Imagine, if you will the following. Helen, your esteemed NYNHB creator, standing with a teapoon sticking out of her mouth and a slightly glazed expression muttering something along the lines of …”Mmmnfh…..gggjldhio…mnppph…..OMG……mmmdphiha…ggrglgg.’
That was the scene at NYNHB Towers earlier today when I finally decided to break into the jar of No Added Sugar Hazelnut Chocolate Spread I was recently sent by healthy choccy company Diablo. I’d already munched my way through the chocolate bars they’d sent me but this was the big one – a no-sugar version of Nutella.
I love Nutella. When other people steal bread rolls, cheese or little jars of jam from hotel breakfast buffets, I have been known to pilfer those tiny little plastic packets of Nutella. As far as I’m concerned this isn’t technically stealing, it’s just delayed consumption because you see, I won’t eat the said yummy chocolate spread at breakfast as I don’t like it on toast or bagels or crumpets or, any fact anything doughy, instead, I eat it with a spoon directly out of the packet – and that’s something only to be done between meals. Which is why, despite the fact that it’s been in my house for about three weeks I’ve avoided opening this particular jar – once it’s open, if it’s as good as the chocolate, I know there’s no going back.
And yep, as you can tell by the typed representations of the limited muffled exclamations of glee that you can make with a spoon in your mouth above, it’s good. Very good. Quite sweet for something with no-added sugar, but goey, chocolately, hazlenutty and, at 74 calories a 15g spoonful probably going to cause me to go up a dress size if I don’t lock it somewhere I can’t get to it immediately after this post is written. Although, I do notice on the side that they do warn against excessive consumption for erm, laxative reasons so that’s one way to help keep me from gorging on the whole thing!!!
That little phrase does give away the fact that although they don’t add sugar, they do use a sweetener, in this case malitol, a sugar alcohol that’s about 3/4 as sweet as sugar – it also contains roughly half the calories and has a slightly lower GI. Specifically, each 15g serving of the spread contains 5.6g of carbs.1.3g of it sugars. Fat content is 5.6g – 1.1g of saturates.
Personally, I’m a huge fan….just as I was of the chocolate bars they sent to accompany the jar so it didn’t get lonely in the post. Between The Boyfriend and I we happily tested on your behalf….
The No Added Sugar Milk Chocolate Bar – 10/10
The Sugar Free Dark Chocolate with Hazelnuts – 10/10
The No Added Sugar Cream Filled Milk Chocolate Wafers – 10/10
You can thank us for that later. The only downside of all of them was the words ‘no added sugar’ and the fact that you’re only consuming 71 calories per 3 squares – or 69 per 2 small wafers – in my head says ‘oh go on, eat another serving’. This is why I don’t normally have such things in the house. The good news though is that between my new gyms’ insistence that I actually sweat and push myself on the sessions – and the fact that my body is still happily stabilised from my last session on The High Fat Diet means I haven’t actually gained any pounds. So I can therefore state, there is such a thing as chocolate that doesn’t make you fat (if you spend 3-4 hours week dragging a Bulgarian bag up and down a room that is).
I am off to the States again soon though and we all know that that does to my weight so best I lock the rest of this chocolate spread away now!!! Here’s where to click if you want to find out more about the range, Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.