Justin's Chocolate Hazelnut Butter Blend
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- "It has a pretty good flavor but I didn't like the fact that it contained sugar and wasn't organic." in 1 review
- "I'd highly recommend these for a sweet lunch treat for kids or adults!" in 1 review
- "The Justin's Nut Butter Natural Chocolate Hazelnut Squeeze Pack are great for on-the-go snacking and lunches." in 1 review
For starters, let me repeat that the Justin's option is dairy-free. It also has less sugar than Nutella: a serving of the Justin's clocks in at 7 grams, while Nutella contains a whopping 21 grams. Justin's also has more protein (4 grams) and fiber (3 grams) than Nutella (3 grams and 1 gram, respectively). I assume this is because the Justin's butter contains more hazelnuts than chocolate and emulsifiers, and the ingredients lists confirm that: the first two ingredients for the Justin's are hazelnuts and almonds, while the first two ingredients for Nutella are sugar and palm oil.
Being more nut than sugar, however, and lacking any dairy gives the Justin's a different texture. Where Nutella has a texture akin to chocolate cake frosting, the Justin's Blend is much thicker and can actually seem a hair grainy. The trick is to whip it up or warm it up; applying it to warm toast, for instance, makes it smooth and melt, as does turning your knife through the jar a few times.
In terms of taste, this is a very hazelnut-y spread with a hint of dark chocolate and sugar in the background. It tastes roasted, but not burnt. I actually like that it's a little more complex and slightly less sweet than Nutella, but if you want to eat straight up cake frosting, you'll want to stick with Nutella.
Overall, I love this product and will continue buying it...unless I find an equally delicious dairy free option at a lower price. At roughly $9 a jar in my area, this stuff can really drain my wallet. Guess it's a good thing I love sharing chocolate-banana-toast with my mom!
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