Holiday giveaway: Chocolate-hazelnut spread

homemade chocolate-hazelnut spread

This December, I’m giving away three batches of homemade chocolate-hazelnut butter. You might enjoy this spread as Nutella, but mine’s more sophisticated. I caramelize the sugar and add three times more hazelnuts. If you’re looking for the recipe, the new version’s not online yet… But the basic version has gotten rave reviews.

To win, be one of the first three people to answer this question below: what’s your favorite way to use chocolate-hazelnut spread? The only thing I ask is that you pay it forward. In my version, you must promise to do a charitable act.

Some ideas: volunteer for the relief efforts in New Orleans, because it’s still bad down there. Or donate money to worthy causes, such as CulinaryCorps, UNICEF (they have programs for the cyclone in Bangladesh and the genocide in Darfur), and a Menu for Hope. Or, go green by recycling more, using compact fluorescent lightbulbs and eating less animal products. I would appreciate it if you let me know your good deed, because I love to know about random acts of kindness.

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  1. Christina said,

    On a Ritz cracker sandwich!!! YUM!!!
    P.S. I LOVE the Pay-It-Forward idea!!! We are going to be helping single mom’s this week at a Christmas Dinner and FREE yard sale!!!

    December 4, 2007 at 1:55 am

  2. Lesha said,

    I love to use it on toast. Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

    December 4, 2007 at 4:42 am

  3. Danielle said,

    I’m in. My preferred form of charity is pro bono legal advice for people who need it, and giving food to the homeless, especially the two regulars closest to my apartment. I do a lot of both forms already, but I’ll do an extra surge in your honor here, and sign up for extra nights at the legal advice walk-in clinic. Sound good?

    My favorite way to use chocolate-hazelnut spread is to eat it by dipping in my fingers or very plain cookies, I must confess.

    I’d love to see the recipe for the new version, too, please!

    December 4, 2007 at 8:43 am

  4. Marianne said,

    On toasted baguette. Heavenly!

    December 4, 2007 at 12:48 pm

  5. j said,

    i work at a creperie so we love to spread nutella and fresh strawberries on a sweet crepe and fold it up with whipped cream. the nutella melts just a little and gets gooey. YUM!

    December 4, 2007 at 1:54 pm

  6. nattesgirl said,

    Ok I can eat this stuff out of the jar, fried up in wonton wrappers, I make a mean nutella ice cream too but this is yummy

    December 4, 2007 at 5:12 pm

  7. HungryKat said,

    In Nutella bread pudding! (See Alice Medrich’s Pure Dessert)

    To pay it forward, I’m organizing a blood drive… so far I have 8 volunteers 🙂

    December 5, 2007 at 3:00 am

  8. katrina said,

    YAY ive been waiting every since you mentioned a new and improved nutella recipe!!!!! i mainly eat it with a spoon, because even if i mean to eat it with something else, i usually get distracted an end up eating it by itself!! hehe
    about the charity, this year im working for the first time, posing for pictures with little kids at New york city ballets nutcracker and decided that im goign to dontate allt eh money i earn from it to a dog shelter here in the city! im also tryign to have as green of a christmas as possible, im not buyin many useless gift and instead going for a few ones thatwill really be used. im also using newspaper as a wrapper for the gifts as well as many other things!. the nutella really sounds amazing!!!!

    December 5, 2007 at 9:07 am

  9. KristinaYellow said,

    I love it on apple slices or on warm toasted french baguette! Or better yet, feeding it to my hubby 🙂 This year, my hubby and I are forgoing presents; instead, we’re adopting a local family through our church and will provide food and gifts for them. I love the idea of helping someone else without screaming, “I’m helping!”–we have a radio station here in Charlotte who does this “break-in Christmas” and gets tons of donations, from toys to clothes or even a car in one case–and then while the family is out of the house, they “break-in” (with the aid of a friend) and then leave all the gifts and food. They don’t leave a note or any identifying stuff-just the idea of truly giving for those people who are in need. Amazing. They did 10 families this year I think–inspiring.

    December 6, 2007 at 4:30 pm

  10. Kiana said,

    Aw man! I would have loved to get that stuff. I love it on apples. I will pay it forward anyway. I often volunteer at a homeless shelter in my hometown and help the kids with their homework (or just play), and love every minute of it but grad school is rough so I haven’t been there in a really long time. I will go tutor the kiddies.

    December 7, 2007 at 9:32 pm

  11. lynn said,

    I love Nutella in crepes …. hooooot hooooot crepes with bananas 😉 YUMMM-aaay!

    Pay it foward by really “paying” because I am a microlender via that assists small businesses around the world, most recently I support a brick layer/production of a 50yr old lady in Ecuador and a livestock business of a mother of 11 in Mexico. Its a great site for real people helping real people all over the world. Consider this as a gift to others instead of the generic ready-made-forgotten-under-the-bed-crap that you mindlessly buy people this holiday season.



    December 9, 2007 at 3:23 am

  12. Cristian said,

    Here I’m building a website with chocolate spreads in the world:

    March 24, 2008 at 5:23 am