Co-Op supermarkets now stock vegan “Nutella” packaged in a squeeze bottle, meaning you can forgo spoons and squeeze it right into your mouth, if that’s your inclination.
The dairy-free chocolate spread is made by Nature’s Store, one the fastest-growing free from brands in the UK, per the website. The Hazelnut & Cocoa Spread — the brand’s take on Nutella — is not only free from dairy, but it’s also palm oil-free. The controversial ingredient has been linked to deforestation and the rapid decline of orangutan populations and fueling the illegal pet trade in Indonesia.
Nature’s Store also makes vegan “Nutella” in a tub, which includes palm oil, but according to the company it only uses RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) certified palm oil.
Is Nutella Vegan?
Classic Nutella contains skin milk, meaning it is not suitable for a plant-based diet. But including Nature’s Store, there are several brands that make a vegan chocolate hazelnut spread.
German brand Vego — famous for its dairy-free chocolate hazelnut candy bars — launched a crunchy chocolate spread last August. It’s said to taste exactly like the signature chocolate bars, which are popular for having a Nutella-like flavor.
American brand Justin’s, which makes nut butters and vegan dark chocolate peanut butter cups, has a chocolate hazelnut spread available. Independent brand Rawmio has a healthier take on Nutella – its stone-ground hazelnut spread is made from raw hazelnuts, raw cacao nibs, and coconut sugar.
California-based food company Nutiva makes a vegan dark chocolate hazelnut spread with chia and flax seeds for added omega-3 fatty acid. Italian organic brand Rigoni di Asiago makes Nocciolata, a dairy-free “Nutella” that’s also palm oil-free.
Last April, Philadelphia-based family-owned tahini brand Soom launched an allergen-friendly vegan chocolate spread made with sesame seeds instead of hazelnuts. Brit + Co author Nicole Perry described the treat as a “more grown-up chocolate spread” that doesn’t venture into too-sweet territory. It also caught the attention of vegan actor Alicia Silverstone.
Nature’s Store vegan squeeze bottle Hazelnut & Cocoa Spread is available at Co-Op, Ocado, Asda, and health food stores across the UK. The jarred spread is sold at Ocado, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, and independent grocery stores.