Nutella Powder





Introduction: Nutella Powder

About: I'm a 45 year old Systems Architect living in the Midwestern United States. After travelling the world for 20 years as a consulting architect I became disabled, as a result, I am now embracing a Slow life.

Why would anyone want powder Nutella?

Always looking for ways to add fun to cooking, recently we discovered a molecular gastronomy technique for powdering any foodstuff that has a measurable quantity of oil or fat. Often used by hikers to make messy foodstuffs easier to transport, this technique also can be used to make yummy dessert toppings or to add a degree of fun and creativity to meals.

This technique is made possible by maltodextrin, a food-additive that is made from starch and is used commercially to make things like ice cream, puddings, and peanut butter smoother. We use maltodextrin made from tapioca as opposed to potato, corn, or wheat because it is non-GMO, organic, and gluten-free. We used Nutella because, well, it is Nutella.

Materials Needed:

Step 1: Measure Ingredients - Sort Of

For powder, the ratio of maltodextrin to yummy stuff, in our case, Nutella, is approximately 60/40 (by volume). Approximately, due to the fact that the amount of maltodextrin you will need depends heavily on the fat content of what is being powdered. Nut butters and spreads, for the most part, will require these proportions. Never fear however, the amounts can be varied during the process.

When the ingredients are in the pan similar to the picture above, it is time for the next step.

Step 2: Combining the Ingredients

Using a chopping and mixing motion with the chopper/scraper, incorporate the maxtodextrin powder into the Nutella. See the pictures above as a reference. Continue this for about two to five minutes until it looks like the second picture.

Step 3: Decision Time

Once the powder looks like the picture above, it is time to make some decisions. Is the powder fine enough? Is more maltodextrin or Nutella needed to reach this stage? If so, simply add one or the other and repeat the previous step, otherwise, continue on...

Step 4: Optional Step for Very Fine Powder

If you want a very fine powder, which could be useful in making desserts, add more maltodextrin and chop until no clumps remain larger than a candy sprinkle. Using a sieve (also called a tamis), shake the powder through the sieve into the tray. This is a very slow and laborious process, so unless an absolutely fine, flour-like powder is needed, skip to the end. :)

Step 5: Store in an Air-tight Container

Since the resulting powder will return to its unpowdered state (albeit a little more sludgy) on contact with water, it is best to keep it stored in an airtight container. We use zippered plastic bags so it is easy to transport. Try the finished powder on ice cream, to finish the edges of desserts like ice cream bars, or sprinkled on a peanut butter sandwich. One of the best ways to use it with kids is to make a sandwich with jelly and the powder on top, tell the kids it is a sand and jelly sandwich, or a "sand-wich." :)

Enjoy and have fun!



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    Camping. Much easier to pack powdered items that jars.

    I found this article because I need to use Nutella in a cold martini cocktail, but putting actual Nutella is very messy and would require to much extra cleaning of mixing tins and martini glasses behind the bar

    Can someone please post a video of the mixing process?

    I love Nutella, I've seen her many rules. Your and several others are very good.

    I recommend also those with other additives

    This you do by yourself is better than the store

    60/40 by weight? Also, a food processor could work pretty well I think...

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    60/40 by volume, see comment below regarding processors and mixers. The long and short: The maltodextrin is so fine and light that I have never had luck doing any other way than by hand.

    By volume. The maltodextrin is very fine and light, almost like talc. I haven't had much luck with using a food processor or blade grinder because the mixture tends to pack tightly around the bottom before it thoroughly mixes.

    I've always used the tapioca kind, so I couldn't really make a recommendation. Might be fun to experiment though.

    Shake and pour Nutella, wow!
    The alternative uses are boggling.
    This will be much more popular than the cinnamon shaker in our cupboard.

    so can you stir it into water or oil to reconstitute it?

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    If you mix water into it, it will reconstitute, albeit with a slightly different texture. If you add oil, it will just absorb it like it absorbs the Nutella.

    The best kind of instructable is one that shows you something you had never considered before, and at the same time convinces you it's something cool you've just gotta try. You nailed it with this one. Good work, I am now thinking of all the foods out there I'd like to consume in powdered form!

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    WHAR HAVE YOU DONE?!?! The only way to describe Nutella was chocolate in peanut butter form. NOW WE CAN'T EVEN SAY THAT!

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    How about "chocolate hazelnut spread?" :)

    Oh wow... this looks strangely appetizing. Now, sand can become tasty!