Saturday, July 9, 2016

Majani Fiat Extra Noir and Il Cremino squares - July 9, 2016

Chocolate(s) of the Day: 

1.) Fiat Extra Noir
2.) Fiat Il Cremino
Weight: .78 oz. (22 g.) (estimate) in two pieces
Calories: 117 calories (estimate) in two pieces
Cost: $0.95 x 2 = $1.90 for 2 pieces
Purchased from: SweetE Organic, Mill Valley, CA

Majani (Bologna, Italia) has been making chocolate from cocoa beans in some form for more than 200 years. Today I'm featuring two of the company's individually wrapped cubes in their Fiat product line: the Extra Noir and Il Cremino.

Majani's first chocolate offerings date back to 1796, an impressive historical fact—with a fan base to match. Apparently Gugliemo Marconi* and other Italian celebrities were keen on Majani chocolates.

The company's Fiat brand was launched in 1911 when Fiat (the car company) "chose Majani to create a special chocolate for the launch of its new car Fiat Tipo 4 (that's why Il Cremino was made with four layers)."

Today's Fiat line includes bars and confections. The Cremino line, creamy squares with a velvety melt, is one of the most popular in the company's history. As promised, the 4-layer Il Cremino chocolate had alternating layers of creamy hazelnut and almond. (Ingredients: sugar, hazelnuts, almonds, cocoa butter, cocoa mass, soya lecithin, vanilla.)

The Extra Noir chocolate had a very smooth melt, but had a bit more of an dark edge, with a bitter, acidic tang of coffee.

Both the Extra Noir and the Il Cremino were gluten free chocolates.

*Gugliemo Marconi, born in Bologna, Italy, was a famous Italian inventor and engineer who, with his wireless research, laid the ground for radio.

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