Introducing our newest decadent delight - Chocolate Hazelnut Spread!
That's Right, It's Finally Here!
If you've been looking for a reason to lather chocolate hazelnutty goodness onto everything, here it is! This decadent spread adds a major flavour boost to all manners of snacks. Try spreading some onto your morning toast, add a dollop into your oats, use as a dip for fresh fruit, or slather over your favourite baked good. Any way you choose to indulge in this creamy wonder, you can't go wrong!
How Does It Compare?
We've all heard of the popular Nutella brand, and the world's love for the amazing flavour combination of chocolate and hazelnuts has led to a huge rise in popularity for this sugar-laden treat. Unfortunately for lovers of Nutella, this seemingly addictive spread is full of not-so-great ingredients. First off, the amount of refined sugar they include is ludicrous! 55% refined white sugar by weight, Nutella boasts a blend of some of the most harmful ingredients not only for your body, but for the planet as well. Below is a chart with a powerful visual of the ingredients in this popular spread. As you can see, the amount of otherwise healthy ingredients (hazelnuts) is practically lost in the sea of other addictive ingredients:
We chose to create a much more simple, and genuinely healthy Chocolate Hazelnut Spread that you can eat freely without any feelings of guilt over what you're consuming. At Vancouver Island's Own, we believe that snacking (and even having treats) should be a wholeheartedly enjoyable experience, from the taste, to the texture, to the way it makes you feel both during and after indulging!
So What's In The Jar?
Our Chocolate Hazelnut Spread is made using 100% fresh, organic ingredients. We have broken down our ingredient list below, with full transparency and nutritional facts about each ingredient, so you can feel confident about knowing exactly what you are putting into your body!
Dry Roasted Hazelnuts: Rich in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants, hazelnuts help to protect the body from oxidative stress which can lead to hypertension. They contain high levels of phenolic compounds, which help your heart stay healthy by reducing cholesterol and inflammation. They are also a great source of essential minerals and vitamins, including vitamin E, thiamin, magnesium, copper, manganese, folate, vitamin B6, phosphorous, potassium, and zinc.
Cacao Paste: Cacao paste is more commonly known as unsweetened baking chocolate, or bitter chocolate. This paste is made from the nibs of the fermented cacao bean which have been pressed and ground into a thick liquid, which is made up of around 60% cacao butter and suspended fine cacao particles. In the next step of processing, this paste would be pressed further until it releases its natural oils (cacao butter) and a thick brown cake which is ground to a fine powder (cacao powder). By utilizing our chocolate in the state of cacao paste, we include the heart-healthy fats of the cacao bean while also getting the flavour and color of the cacao powder all in one, with minimal processing.
Maple Syrup: Our maple syrup comes from our neighbours in Ontario, and is made using traditional, organic methods. Maple syrup is a great -vegan- natural sweetener which contains antioxidants as well as a myriad of beneficial nutrients such as riboflavin, zinc, magnesium, calcium and potassium.
Avocado Oil: Our avocado oil is extra virgin and organic. It is one of the healthiest oils to include in your diet because of its high levels of oleic acid (unsaturated fat), as well as monounsaturated fat, which helps to reduce "bad" (LDL) cholesterol while raising "good" (HDL) cholesterol. It contains vitamins A and E, which helps your body to absorb other fat-soluble vitamins, and also lutein, which is important for eye health.
Vanilla Extract: We utilize only the purest vanilla extract made from 100% organic vanilla beans. Vanilla is rich in vanillin, which has antioxidant, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective qualities.
Himalayan Sea Salt: This beautiful pink salt is hand-mined and minimally processed, using traditional methods in Pakistan. It contains over 80 essential minerals and helps to balance electrolytes in the body. It can also help to balance your body's pH, improve respiratory diseases, and reduce signs of aging. How's that for a salt?!
We are proud to offer a healthier alternative to commonly-purchased chocolate hazelnut spreads! With its thick, creamy texture, you won't even miss your old guilty pleasures. Try a jar today and see to see what all the hype is about!! * For an extra-special, protein-packed treat, try dipping our chocolate granola clusters into this heavenly spread - you can thank us later *
Vancouver Island’s Own is a family-owned and operated snack food business specializing in gourmet, vegan, and organic granola & trail mix, handmade with love in Victoria, BC. We believe in encouraging others to explore and connect with the environment in order to ensure our collective well-being.
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