Gianduja (chocolate)

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Gianduja
TypeChocolate
Place of originItaly
Region or stateTurin, Piedmont
Main ingredientsChocolate, hazelnut paste
Cookbook:Gianduja  Gianduja
 
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Gianduja
TypeChocolate
Place of originItaly
Region or stateTurin, Piedmont
Main ingredientsChocolate, hazelnut paste
Cookbook:Gianduja  Gianduja

Gianduja or gianduia (Italian: [dʒanˈduːja])[1] is a sweet chocolate spread containing about 30% hazelnut paste, invented in Turin during Napoléon's regency (1796–1814), when the Mediterranean was under a blockade by the British. [2] A chocolatier in Turin named Michele Prochet, extended the little chocolate he had by mixing it with hazelnuts from the Langhe hills south of Turin.[3] Based on Gianduia, Turin based chocolate manufacturer Caffarel invented Gianduiotto in 1852.[4] It takes its name from Gianduja, a Carnival and marionette character who represents the archetypal Piedmontese, a native of the Italian region where hazelnut confectionery is common.

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