Can anyone resist it? Chocolate – especially confections created in Italy – are overwhelmingly tempting.
We sample seven offerings designed to delight your sweet tooth.
Depending on when you pick up or receive this issue of Italia!, Easter will either be just around the corner or it would have passed you by (it’s very early this year). Of course, the celebration of Easter in Western societies is associated with chocolate (and eggs in all their guises), but who needs an excuse to indulge in a bit of the dark stuff, no matter what the time of year?
And the Italians certainly know how to apply their culinary skills to the creation of chocolate treats. And many chocolate-based creations from the creation of chocolate treats. And many chocolate-based creations from the Peninsula, especially the north, feature hazelnuts. Why? Because when the cost of cocoa beans rocketed in Napoleonic times, hazelnuts from Piedmont (especially) were used to ‘pad out’ chocolate confections.
BACI CHOCOLATE WITH HAZELNUTS
From: Trulli Baci
Another Italian Classic, Baci hark from the Umbrian capital of Perugia.
Soft dark chocolate yields to a praline-style milk chocolate interior that
surrounds a hazelnut from the region. Sublime.
Verdict : 5 stars
“Everyone loves Baci! This is the smallest box available from Trulli Baci. Yes,
they have bigger ones – and why not?”
Baci has been making chocolate Easter eggs for so many years that people who received them as kids in Italy are now passing on the tradition and giving them to their grandchildren. And maybe great-grandchildren, too.
There are probably three reasons for the present tradition: the chocolate, the wrapping and the surprises inside. Each egg holds 4 pieces of“Bacio,” a “kiss” of chocolate filled with a hazelnut and the milk chocolate-hazelnut paste known as gianduia. The foil-wrapped kisses include a message of love that’s translated in five languages. Baci is one of Italy’s most popular chocolate confectionery’s since its creation in 1922..
Enhancing the presentation is the wrapping in patterned foil paper. Cinched with blue cord, the top is dramatically arranged, sometimes fanned in an arrowhead shape.
The festively packaged giant chocolate eggs are displayed in shop fronts throughout Italy in the weeks before Easter. Today, 2.5 million Baci eggs are sold each Easter around the world.
In the UK, Baci chocolate eggs are very rare to find. Here at Trulli Baci we are delighted to be able to offer these fantastic chocolate eggs to our UK customers.
With love almost in the air and 14th February fast approaching, it is the perfect time to start thinking about treating yourself or that special someone to Baci chocolate from Trulli Baci.
A family-run online business, we were established back in 2010 and found a real need for luxurious and exclusive Italian chocolates in the UK and during our search we came across the delectable Baci.
The two Perugian founders of Baci, Buitoni and Spagnoli, set up a small workshop back in 1907 producing sugar coated almonds. Little did they know that their business would grow to become a true Italian confectionery icon as their sweets are now enjoyed and shared by chocolate lovers worldwide.
The story behind the creation of this chocolate is a romantic and passionate tale which dates back to 14th February 1922, when Spagnoli decided to include a love note with each chocolate for her sweetheart. It was too hard to keep this chocolate a secret and quickly became an instant favourite with young lovers who visited the shop in Perugia. The chocolate was first named “Cazzotto” (translated as punch) because of its unusual shape but was later renamed to Baci, which affectionately means kisses in Italian.
Today Baci is still made in Perugia, Italy and follows its original recipe, which continues to be well-loved by all. Each smooth dark chocolate is enveloped in gianduia (delicious milk chocolate, whipped and blended with hazelnut paste) and then is sprinkled lovingly with small pieces of hazelnuts and finally topped with a hazelnut. A special message of love (written in five languages) is wrapped around each chocolate and then beautifully sealed in its signature silver and blue foil wrapper adorned with tiny stars.
True love lasts forever so fall in love with Baci this Valentine’s Day. To ensure your gift arrives on time, select our Valentine’s delivery option from only £2.78.