Cult classic Nutella announced on Facebook and confirmed on Twitter that it was “fine tuning” its famous recipe to add more powdered milk that increased the amount of sugar in the hazelnut spread.
Germany’s Hamburg Consumer Protection Center was the first to notice that something had changed in the recipe because of the lighter color. According to the group, the skimmed milk powder content went from 7.5 percent to 8.7 percent, and cocoa’s proportion decreased.
“Cocoa has slipped back in the list of ingredients,” the group told CNN. “As the color of the new Nutella is lighter, we assume that more milk powder was added at the expense of cocoa.”
The announcement wasn’t exactly met with enthusiasm. Fans around the world raged at the change, especially since the addition of more milk made the spread lighter, which also means less cocoa in it.
— Gemma Byrne (@XGemma_ByrneX) November 7, 2017
#Nutella is sweet enough. Why on earth change something that no one has a problem with?
— Rebecca Morgan (@BeccaMorgs) November 7, 2017
our recipe underwent a fine-tuning and continues to deliver the Nutella fans know and love with high quality ingredients
— Nutella (@NutellaUSA) November 7, 2017
Nutella has been around for decades now—since after World War II—and fans may have to buckle up for another recipe change soon, as the supply of hazelnuts—the primary ingredient—gets called into question.