(Holiday Italian Cioccolato Sleeve)
1.) Gianduiotti Classico
2.) Gianduiotti Maximo
Weight: .8 oz. (22.64 g.) estimate in 2 pieces
Calories: 120 calories (estimate) in 2 pieces
Cost: $15.00 for 1 sleeve (6 pieces)
Purchased from: Valenza Chocolatier (online order)
Buone Feste e benvenuto a Day #2 of Italian Holiday Chocolate Week. Happy Holidays and Welcome to a much anticipated chocolate combination week, largely focused on Italian-inspired holiday chocolates from Valenza Chocolatier (Costa Mesa, CA).
Today's two Gianduiotti Classico and Gianduiotti Maximo hazelnut chocolates were part of a six-piece Holiday Italian Cioccolato Sleeve* created by Valenza Chocolatier owner and master chocolatier, Amy Jo Pedone.
Amy Jo (who is half Sicilian) was inspired by Italian holiday sweets and chocolates. Like many chocolate makers and chocolatiers I've met, Amy Jo left the corporate world, received professional training and applied her considerable skills and talents to making chocolates.
Her Gianduiotti Classico was a buttery rich creamy hazelnut chocolate, and slightly sweeter than the Gianduiotti Maximo. The latter epitomized creamy goodness as well, and it captured more intense chocolate and hazelnut flavor. Both would be sure fire winners at any holiday table.
*Unfortunately, this seasonal Italian holiday chocolate assortment was already sold out a few weeks ago. Put a note in your calendar for next year...