Nut for us: Fans' fury as Nutella changes colour - and gets sweeter

6 November 2017, 21:46

The makers of Nutella have admitted adjusting its formula - and fans aren't happy.

The confirmation by Ferrero comes after the changes were noted by German consumer group Hamburg Consumer Protection Centre on its Facebook page.

It means the spread will be lighter - and will also contain more sugar, according to the group.

It says the new recipe contains 8.7% powdered skimmed milk, compared with the previous quantity of 7.5%, and that sugar content has risen from 55.9% to 56.3%.

Ferrero issued a statement confirming that an "adjustment" had been made, but said that many brands regularly make changes.

"The quality... and all other aspects of Nutella remain the same," the company said.

Predictably, social media was awash with reaction and opinions - some good, some... not so.

One angry ex-Nutella fan wrote on Twitter: "If the rumors of #Nutella changing their recipe are true... I am boycotting them."

Another said: "Why did u change the nutella formula. how could u do this."

Popular confectionery makers frequently draw the ire of the consumer when their favourite treats' recipes, packaging or appearance are tinkered with, with Toblerone, Maltesers, Walnut Whip and Jaffa Cakes coming under fire in the past year.