‘Stranger Things’ star Noah Schnapp is ‘brutally disappointed’ in Nutella


Noah Schnapp is not crazy about Nutella.

The ‘Stranger Things’ star – who created TBH (To Be Honest), a vegan alternative to the beloved hazelnut cocoa spread – told Page Six exclusively via email that he was ” shocked and brutally disappointed” when he discovered the ingredients of the product.

“The hazelnuts aren’t the main ingredient, and the amount of sugar alone made me realize I was doing myself a disservice,” said Schnapp, 18.

The New York-born actor also noted that Nutella uses palm oil, which “is responsible for massive deforestation,” something he “couldn’t stand for.”

Indeed, the main ingredient of Nutella is sugar.

“Based on the Nutella nutrition label which states that each two-tablespoon serving contains 21 grams of sugar, there are about 210 grams of sugar in a 13-ounce jar of Nutella. That’s more than four times that. sugar in a 16-ounce bottle of Coca-Cola,” reports mic.com, with registered dietitian Caroline Passerrello adding, “By weight, Nutella is 55% sugar.

Nutella.
The main ingredient in Nutella isn’t the hazelnut, it’s the sugar.
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Moreover, palm oil is a “main driver of deforestation…destroying the habitats of already threatened species like the orangutan, the pygmy elephant and the Sumatran rhinoceros”, reports the WWF.

Noah Schnapp.
Schnapp has created a vegan alternative to the beloved hazelnut cocoa spread.
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To continue encouraging people to ditch Nutella, Schnapp has started a crowdfunding campaign for tbh and is asking others to invest as little as $50 through Republic, a fintech company he co-founded.

“I believe value-aligned investing is more important than just focusing on sustainability because I truly believe we can vote with our dollars,” he explained, noting that all of Republic’s investments aren’t environment-based, as he likes “social media and games and stuff.”

Schnapp is also studying investing at the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business, majoring in entrepreneurship. He told us he can “definitely” see himself “starting a venture capital fund next year.”

And as for his hustling side, playing Will Byers in the Netflix series “Stranger Things”, Schnapp is proud that his character is gay.

Noah Schnapp and Millie Bobby Brown.
Schnapp shared an awkward selfie from the set of “Stranger Things.”
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“Will’s character arc started in Season 1, and with each new season we peeled away another layer of who he is and part of that is his sexuality,” he explained. “Will has always struggled with who he is and figuring out how to fit in, which a lot of people can relate to.”

He continued, “I had a lot of fans expressing how much they could relate to Will and his journey, which makes me very happy to hear it. It made me so proud that we were writing this very real character that makes our viewers feel seen.


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