Noah Schnapp isn’t 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 stunned’ when he discovered the ingredients of the product discovered.
“Hazelnuts aren’t the main ingredient, and the amount of sugar alone made me realize I wasn’t doing myself a favor,” said Schnapp, age 18.
The New York-born actor also noted that Nutella uses palm oil, which is “responsible for massive deforestation,” something he “couldn’t support.”
Indeed, the main ingredient of Nutella is sugar.
“Based on the Nutella nutrition label stating that each two-tablespoon serving contains 21 grams of sugar, there are approximately 210 grams of sugar in a 13-ounce jar of Nutella. That’s more than quadrupling the sugar in a 16-ounce bottle of Coca-Cola,” mic.com reports, with registered dietitian Caroline Passerrello adding, “By weight, Nutella is 55% sugar.
In addition, palm oil is a “major driver of deforestation … destroying the habitats of already endangered species such as the orangutan, dwarf elephant and Sumatran rhinoceros,” the WWF reports.
To continue encouraging people to give up on Nutella, Schnapp has launched a crowdfunding campaign for tbh and is asking others to invest just $50 through Republic, a fintech company he co-founded.
“I believe that 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 not all of Republic’s investments are environmentally based as he likes “social networking and gaming and other stuff.”
Schnapp also teaches about investing at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, majoring in entrepreneurship. He told us he “absolutely” sees himself “launching a venture capital fund in the next year.”
And as for his side hustle, playing Will Byers on the Netflix series “Stranger Things,” Schnapp is proud that his character is gay.
“Will’s character arc started in Season 1, and with each new season we’ve peeled back another layer of who he is and part of that is his sexuality,” he explained. “Will has always struggled with who he is and how to fit in, which is something a lot of people can relate to.”
He continued: “I’ve heard a lot of fans talk about how much they relate to Will and his journey, and that makes me very happy to hear. It has made me so proud that we are writing this very real character that makes our viewers feel seen.”