A post by Accidentally Vegan on Facebook this morning reminded how much I love Gianduitto also known as Gianduiotti. They were commenting on how good the ones that Waitrose sell are. Isn't the packaging lovely too! They are £5.10 for a 150g box, definitely one to let friends and families know about when they're wondering what to buy vegans for presents! Hotel Chocolat also sell them but at £14 for a 300g box!
Gianduiotto is is a Piedmontese chocolate whose shape is similar to an upturned boat. Gianduiotti are individually wrapped in a tinfoilcover, usually gold or silver-colored. It is the speciality of Turin, and takes its name from Gianduja, a mask in commedia dell'arte. My usual place to buy them is from the counter in Cafe Nero where they are 25p each! They are one of those chocolates that tastes more like a milk chocolate as they have a rich creamy taste from the combination of sugar, cocoa and ground hazelnuts.
If anyone has found them anywhere else please leave a comment, I'd love to know where else they are available. Also, whilst checking the price on the Hotel Chocolat website I noticed there are some good post Easter bargains to be had. I got the egg below one year and it was excellent with little crunchy bits of cocoa nibs in it, a bargain reduced from £8 to £2.40!