Nutella’s Fancy Cousin

I picked up Baratti & Milano’s chocolate-hazelnut spread at a local Italian grocer, and it brought me back to days of wandering around Europe with some bread and a jar of Nutella in my backpack. I’ll always like Nutella, but this chocolate-hazelnut spread is definitely a cut above. It’s made in Turin, Italy, and has a thinner consistency than Nutella, with more intense flavor. The spread isn’t as uniform in texture, either; instead it’s flecked with tiny chunks of hazelnut. After giving it to a friend in a birthday gift basket, I got an IM from him saying, “Damn you, I’m trying as hard as I can not to eat that stuff with a spoon!”

Baratti & Milano Crema alle Nocciole, $8.99