Hazelnuts, also called "filberts" are what give this spread its unique nutty taste. I love the original, but it has so many ingredients that I can't pronounce, so I thought I would give it a try. I did end up needing more sugar than I wanted to add - but overall, it's not too bad, considering it is homemade and it is supposed to be sweet.
This version also came out a bit heavier on the nutty taste and lighter on the chocolate, but I don't mind. It also has that "homemade texture" which I think is reminiscent of crunchy peanut butter.
6 oz Hazelnuts
1/4 c cocoa powder
1 1/4 c milk
1 1/4 c powdered sugar
drizzle of olive oil
pinch of salt
1. Toast the hazelnuts until golden brown. Throw them into the food processor and allow to cool.
2. Grind to a fine paste and add the rest of the ingredients. Blend until smooth. Check for taste and adjust accordingly for the texture desired.