Chocolate in Crepes
Crepes with Chocolate Spread and Strawberries
Question: What kind of chocolate is spread in the crepes with strawberries and whipped cream at the vendors down by the Eiffel Tower?
Answer: Just about anytime you buy a crepe spread with chocolate in France that chocolate is going to be Nutella. Nutella, a very popular spread that originated in Italy and is made by the Ferrero company, has less chocolate than some people imagine. In fact, the principal ingredients are sugar and vegetable oil. My son has told me that the vegetable oil is palm oil, but I have not verified that. After that comes hazelnuts (or filberts as some people call them), which definitely gives the spread a distinctively nutty taste. Finally we come to chocolate, weighing in at about 7%.
Despite its questionable list of ingredients (to my mind), Nutella is the go to spread in France. You are likely to find a jar in just about any home where kids are hanging about. If you would like, you can learn more here: Nutella.