Sugar, palm oil, hazelnuts, cocoa and skim milk are the primary ingredients in Nutella. It also contains whey, soy lecithin and vanillin, which is an artificial flavor. Nutella is gluten-free and contains no artificial colors or preservatives.
Nutella is commonly used as a spread for foods such as toast. Two tablespoons of Nutella (37 grams) has 200 calories, 21 grams of carbohydrate and 2 grams of protein. A serving contains 12 fat grams, 4 grams of which are saturated fat. It also contains 15 milligrams of sodium and 21 grams of sugar. Nutella is a source of iron and calcium, containing 4 percent of the daily recommended value for individuals following a 2,000 calorie diet.
There is no risk of cross-contamination with peanuts or with products that contain gluten in the facility where it is produced. It uses non-hydrogenated oil that is extracted directly from the fruit of the palm. However, the oil is adjusted to improve the consistency for easier spreading and to reduce the amount of saturated fat. Additionally, Nutella is a kosher product, and the whey included, although made from milk, is not derived from animal rennet. There is a slight trace of caffeine in Nutella, which comes from the cocoa it contains.
Nutella should be stored at room temperature, in a dry location with the lid tightly fastened. It should not be refrigerated as it could harden, and excessive heat causes oil separation and loss of flavor.