Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Caffarel Gianduias

Caffarel makes more than the traditional milk chocolate Giandiuia morsels. At the Fancy Food Show I found out they make a Dark (Gianduiotto Fondente), a Cinnamon (Cannella) and even a mini Chili (al peperocino) one. I was excited to find out more about Caffarel at the show from one of the vendors that imports them for the American market, hopefully they’ll be getting wider exposure. At the moment they’re still found in Italian markets in large cities and shops that carry international chocolates.

For those of you who haven’t been around Candy Blog long, Caffarel makes the excellent Gianduia 1865, little hat-shaped hazelnut chocolate morsels.

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Gianduiotto Fondente - this dark version made with Arriba cocoa is just as “stick to the roof of your mouth” rich as the traditional milk and hazelnut version. This one seemed to taste more of the deeper hazelnut flavors than the milk, with dark smoky notes and of course that slick and thick melt on the tongue. 

Cannella wasn’t just cinnamon dusted, it was spiced with the stuff with no hint of ground-spice-grain. It covered up a lot of the hazelnut flavors, but the texture was still thick and fudgy. Not too sweet, this was also the dark version of the giandiuia.

Giandiuia al Pepeprocino (chili) - had lots of peppery notes, not just the burn ... though there was definitely some burn. I was catching some more acidity in the chocolate on this one and some of the notes of fresh green peppers. If I had it to do all over again, I’d taste them in the opposite order ... this really gets to me! (I should have learned my lesson when I picked these up as samples at the Fancy Food Show ... I tasted it there and had the exact same reaction.) They’re smart to make this one a smaller morsel than the others (they call it a Gianduiottini).

Of course I can’t find any online sources for these. But I did see that Candy Warehouse has those little mushrooms for sale and Williams-Sonoma has little hazelnut praline eggs for Easter.

Name: Giandiuia: Fondente, Canella & al Peperocino
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Caffarel
Place Purchased: samples from Fancy Food Show
Price: unknown
Size: unknown
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Chocolate, , NutsItaly, Caffarel

POSTED BY Cybele AT 6:17 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

Comments
  1. I just can’t see the attraction to chilli laced chocolate. It doesn’t seem like something that would go. I like chocolate to be smooth and mellow, hence why I like fruit flavoured chocolate if it’s done well, and that’s why things such as caramel go well with chocolate. But chilli? Bleh.

    The others sound good though.

    Comment by Terry on 3/13/07 at 7:17 am #
  2. mmm…the cinnamon sounds intriguing. next time at i go to miette confiserie (a delightful new candy shop in sf) i will check for them!

    Comment by carol on 3/13/07 at 12:18 pm #
  3. These sound really good.  Where do you find all these sources for chocolate information?

    Comment by claudia on 3/13/07 at 3:32 pm #
  4. Of course it’s a personal choice but I like chili with chocolate.  The smoothness of chocolate mellows out the sharpness of the chili.  It also reminds me that this was the way chocolate was originally consumed.

    Comment by Karen on 3/13/07 at 6:03 pm #
  5. I love the photo for these! The contrast of textures just screams “eat me”.

    Comment by leigh on 3/13/07 at 8:38 pm #
  6. Hmm. Never seen the spicy version…sounds right up my alley. Will take a look around for them!

    Comment by David on 3/14/07 at 6:04 pm #

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