A journey back through time, to relive the early days of Italian tradition par excellence. A heavenly combination of Arriba Nacional cacao, single region Los Rios of Ecuador, and the best PGI NocciolaPiemonte (hazelnut) results in this delicious Extra Dark Gianduia. The marked creaminess, and the intense characteristic notes of hazelnut masterfully roasted and dark chocolate, with hints of flowers and exotic fruits, will enchant your palate.
SILVER – 2018 International Chocolate Awards – European Bean-to-Bar Competition
Photo Lorena Laurenti ©
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Gianduja is one of the masked characters of the Italian Commedia dell’Arte. He represents Turin and, in the carnival tradition, stands alongside the masked characters of Balanzone for Bologna, Pantalone for Venice, Pulcinella for Naples and others.
The name is believed to come from “Gioan dla doja” or “Giovanni del boccale”, or from the French “Jean Andouille“. The character came into being at the end of the 18th century, created by the two puppet-masters Giacchino Bellone of Oja, near Racconigi, and Giovan Battista Sales of Turin.
Gianduja represents shrewdness, light-heartedness and patriotic spirit. He is the embodiment of the rough and ready peasant with a sharp tongue and generous heart. His costume is classic 17th century style – brown cloth jacket, green trousers, yellow jerkin and red socks. He wears a tricorn hat and a queued wig. In Piazza Castello, Turin, during the annual festivities to celebrate the patron saint of the city, Gianduja still parades with the people.
The character gives its name to a type of chocolate and to the famous chocolates – the gianduiotti. The paste was first created by substituting part of the cacao with the cheaper Tonda Gentile Hazelnut of Langhe. Cacao had become extremely expensive due to the blockade imposed by Napoleon on goods coming from the British colonies. Legend has it that the soft paste being dealt “a swift flourish with a spoon” gave rise to the typical shape of the gianduiotto. This was the first wrapped chocolate to be presented at the 1865 Carnival and it was distributed by Gianduja.
We wished to dedicate our Gianduja Extra Dark Chocolate bar to this very particular Italian tradition: to take a journey into the past and relive the early days of Italian tradition par excellence, reproducing the original recipe of just cacao, hazelnut and sugar. We have selected only the best raw materials, such as the famed Nocciole delle Langhe PGI, grown according to organic farming methods. They are the fruit of the hazelnut cultivar Tonda Gentile delle Langhe, grown only in the area indicated in a Region of Piedmont Order. They have excellent taste and aroma and are universally recognized as the world’s best hazelnuts.
The cacao we have chosen is the prized Single Origin of Ecuador, the Arriba Nacional of the Region of Los Rios, which has long been considered one of the best raw materials. A cacao with a history dating back thousands of years and which boasts exceptional organoleptic properties.
The result is a chocolate of marked creaminess and intense notes, characterized by an expertly toasted hazelnut and a prized dark chocolate, with hints of flowers and exotic fruits which will enchant your palate.
The image chosen is intended as a homage to the Italian Carnival tradition. The tradition has ancient origins, some even dating it back to the Roman Saturnalia festival, when people put their duties to one side and dedicated themselves to fun and games. Given that this delicacy was created in conjunction with a carnival celebration, we decided to portray one of the world’s most famous carnivals: the Carnival of Venice.
We are delighted to offer you a taste of the past and the present in this joyful dainty – our Gianduja bar, the Fine Dark Chocolate Single Origin Cacao Arriba Nacional Los Rios & Nocciole Piemonte I.G.P. 72½
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