Not that major brands haven’t tweaked the recipes of flagship products in the past for all sorts of reasons (we’re looking at you New Coke!), but the move has been especially popular of late, primarily as big companies adapt to the clean eating trend by axing things like artificial ingredients. Hey, at least that’s a decent excuse—which is something you should have in these situations. As opposed to Ferrero, which recently changed the recipe for Nutella in Germany without any explanation, a decision that’s upset fans of the chocolate hazelnut spread.
Late last week, the German-based Hamburg Consumer Protection Center took to its Facebook page to announce that it had found something fishy about the country’s Nutella. Pointing to a subtle change in the ingredients lists on the chocolate spread’s bottle, the group showed that the amount of powdered skim milk in the product had jumped to 8.7 percent from 7.5 percent. Though that might not seem like a big deal, and the rest of the ingredient list remained the same, the Consumer Protection Center determined that the uptick in milk was significant enough to lighten the color of the Nutella as well.