Chocolate lover? Hazelnut nut? In the 1850’s, before Italy was even a nation, a chocolate-maker in the sophisticated food-loving city of Turin (the center of the powerful House of Savoy) invented the perfect union of these two culinary gems. He named it Gianduja (john due yuh) after a marionette character who was the popular local folk icon.
Gianduja was born out of necessity. It was the era following the Napoleonic Wars and chocolate, a very precious commodity, was rationed. The district surrounding
Today, Gianduja is a classical European chocolate, made by only the premier chocolate producers. This fall’s trip to Piedmont for the Truffle Festival will include a visit to Turin’s super-star chocolatier…attendees will visit his artisanal workshop and be able to watch the birthing of Gianduja from the roasting of the cocao beans to the upscale packaging process. Most importantly, you’ll be able to sample these exquisite morsels.
BTW...thanks to Piedmont, you’ll now find the pairing of chocolate and hazelnuts throughout