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Nutella has secretly changed its formula - and some fans aren't very happy

Mirror logo Mirror 7/11/2017 Steve Robson

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Nutella fans are going nuts - after the company which makes the popular spread admitted they have secretly changed the recipe.

The revelation emerged in a Facebook post by German consumer group the Hamburg Consumer Protection Centre.

The new recipe has an increase in powdered skimmed milk, from 7.5 to 8.7 per cent, and more sugar from 55.9 to 56.3 per cent.

It will make Nutella slightly lighter in complexion an sweeter, it is believed.

Ferrero Rocher, the Italian giant which makes the spread, confirmed the change in a statement, but said such minor alterations are often made to brands.

a piece of chocolate cake on a plate: Credits: Getty © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Getty "The quality... and all other aspects of Nutella remain the same," the company said.

Michele Ferrero, who built up the chocolate empire he inherited from his father to become Italy's richest man, died in 2015.

After news of the secret change broke in Germany, some fans took to social media to express shock and concern.

"If the rumors of #Nutella changing their recipe are true, I am boycotting them," wrote one.

"Why did u change the nutella formula. how could u do this," added another.

Fans have frequently got upset over changes made to their favourite treats.

The makers of Toblerone sparked uproar last year by altering the chocolate bar's famous shape and making it smaller.

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