Hazelnut spreads

I recently had a chance to taste two Slovenian bio hazelnut spreads and wanted to record my notes for future reference. Both are basically the same – 60% hazelnuts with coconut sugar and cocoa as the only other 2 components. Both are also advertised as eco, vegan, lactose free (no.2 notes that means <0.1g lactose per 100g), gluten free and both are marked as handmade in Slovenia.

  1. LeŇ°nikov namaz (Hazelnut spread)
    lesnikov-namaz-20chocolate
    Manufacturer:
    20 Chocolate
    Weight:
    200g
    Expires:
    23-10-2020
    Certification from:
    SI-EKO-003 (Bureau Veritas)
    Ingredients:
    hazelnuts, cocoa beans, coconut sugar
    Energy per 100g:
    2373kJ/572kcal
    Fat / saturated per 100g:
    43,1g / 5,4g
    Carbohydrate / sugars per 100g:
    29,2g / 27,4g
    Protein per 100g
    12,6g
    Salt per 100g
    0,16g
  2. Bio leŇ°nikov namaz (Bio hazelnut spread)
    lesnikov-namaz-lizin-vrt
    Manufacturer:
    Lizin Vrt
    Weight:
    190g
    Expires:
    02-03-2021
    Certification from:
    SI-EKO-002 (IKC UM)
    Ingredients:
    hazelnut paste, cocoa paste, coconut sugar
    Energy per 100g:
    2560kJ/618kcal
    Fat / saturated per 100g:
    49,0g / 8,7g
    Carbohydrate / sugars per 100g:
    31,0g / 24g
    Protein per 100g
    9,42g
    Salt per 100g
    <0,01g

So even though they look the same based on the big claims on the container, they are quite dissimilar with the second one using more fat (8,7g vs 5,4g) and less sugar (24g vs 27,4g) resulting in higher energy value. I’m also a bit annoyed that it is 10g lighter even though it seems it’s using the same container.

Taste wise and texture wise I prefer the first one – it tastes a bit sweeter and creamier. I’ll see if the second turns creamier with time. Oddly, the second has a somewhat bitter taste as if the hazelnuts were a bit over and not really perfect. Might be a batch issue or an overall quality issue, who knows. Either way, I’d buy no.1 again, keeping no.2 in mind only as a backup.

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