Saturday, December 18, 2021

Giraudi Nocciole Trilobate - Latte 36% E Nocciole Tonde Gentili Trilobate Intere Tostate (bar) - Dec. 14, 2021

Chocolate of the Day

Nocciole Trilobate - Latte 36% E Nocciole Tonde Gentili Trilobate Intere Tostate (bar)
Milk Chocolate 36% with Gently Toasted Hazelnuts (bar)
Good + - Good ++
Weight: 1.76 oz. (50 g.) / 3.52 oz. (100 g.) total bar
Calories: 292 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $0 - gift from family member (Thank you Dave!)
Purchased from: N/A - gift from family member

Welcome to Day #5 of Chocolate and Hazelnuts Theme Week. 

This Milk Chocolate 36% Cocoa with Gently Toasted Hazelnuts (bar) was from Giraudi S.r.l. (Castellazzo Bormida (AL), Italy)--and imported from Italy into the U.S. by Manicaretti (Oakland, CA).

The aroma of this classic hazelnut milk chocolate bar was one of sweet, rich hot drinking chocolate, redolent with vanilla and hazelnut(s).

Creamy milk chocolate provided a delicious base for (and complement to) a field of whole, crunchy hazelnuts (30% of content) on the back of the bar. 

The milk chocolate alone would have been too sweet, but the nuts cushioned the sugar. The 36% milk chocolate would likely have been too sweet by itself (for my taste), but the nuts cushioned the sugar and added high-quality nut flavor. (In addition to the aforementioned vanilla, there was a very faint, sweet, refreshing fruit/floral oolong tea note as well.) 

Giraudi, located in the Piedmont Region of northern Italy, has offered a variety of tasty chocolate and hazelnut creations over the years. 

The Piedmont Region is known for hazelnuts as well as chocolate hazelnut confections. Nougats, gianduja/gianduia, and spreads--fancy forerunners/relatives of Nutella) have been created here for centuries, following cacao's arrival in Europe. So a Chocolate and Hazelnut Theme Week without at least one chocolate from Italy would not be complete.

Ingredients: Milk chocolate (sugar, cocoa butter, powdered whole milk, cocoa paste. Emulsifier: soy lecithine, natural vanilla flavour. Cocoa min. 36%), Piedmont Hazelnuts (30%).

Allergen-related information: "It may contain traces of other fruit with shell, sesame and peanuts." (Contains nuts - hazelnuts.) "gluten free"

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