Though the changes are minor, fans were quick to sour on the sweet spread.

By Meghan Overdeep
November 08, 2017
Nutella Jar
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Hold onto your hazelnuts, Nutella lovers!

Fans of the beloved chocolate hazelnut spread have been stewing for days after learning that its Italian manufacturer, Ferrero, quietly altered its recipe for Nutella, AKA the sixth food group.

Delish reports that a German consumer group found that the quantities of powdered skimmed milk in Nutella had increased from 7.5% to 8.7%, while the sugar content rose from 55.9% to 56.3%. Though the color is just a little lighter, and the difference in taste is minimal, Nutella fans are enraged.

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Ferroro confirmed the adjustment, but assured consumers that the deliciousness of the product has not been affected. "The quality, the sourcing and all other aspects of Nutella ingredients remain the same," Ferrero said, the Telegraph reported, "The ingredients list is, as usual, displayed on the jar and on the Nutella webpage. All relevant aspects, from a diet perspective, are the same."