Nutella has long been a favourite hazelnut chocolate spread. However, it appears we may have been pronouncing its name wrong.

According to the brand's website, the official way to say it is "new-tell-uh" - not "nuh-tell-uh" as many fans use.

But Italian manufacturer Ferrero, who make the toast topping treat, said they do not wish to force a universal articulation on it.

They told Buzzfeed: "In the UK we call it and pronounce it 'Nutella' as do consumers. The US pronunciation is just for them."

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The revelation was made on the official Nutella website in the Frequently Asked Questions section.

Under 'What is Nutella hazelenut spread?' the company wrote: "Nutella (pronounced "new-tell-uh") is a tasty, unique spread made from the combination of roasted hazelnuts, skim milk and a hint of cocoa. Nutella has no artificial colors or preservatives."

Fans took to Twitter to express their surprise.

Many were shocked by the fact the first syllable of the word is not 'nut' even though the spread contains hazelnuts.

Outraged fan Makayla said: "I hate it when people pronounce nutella as newtella. It's NUTella. It has hazelNUTS in it. Stop."

While user Pip Roberts added: "So I just found out Nutella should be pronounced new-tella! Ok so my life has been flipped upside down! Don't even know what's real anymore!"

- Daily Mail