If you feel the need to indulge your sweet tooth, Turin is the perfect destination for lovers of fine food, with sweet delights that everyone can enjoy.
Turin is the Italian city of chocolate: it is where the long tradition of chocolate masters began which has led to Made in Italy delicacies being envied by all the world.
The origins of chocolate in Turin can be traced back to 1560. This was, in fact,the date in which Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy decided to celebrate the transfer of the Ducal capital from Chambéry to Turin by serving the city a cup of hot chocolate.
Since then, chocolate has become a delicacy of Made in Italy craftsmanship, creating the profession of master chocolatiers.
A notable chocolate innovation from Turin has to be in Bicerin, which is a blend of milk, chocolate, milk, and sugar. It was invented in Turin and became popular throughout the city during 1700s.
In 1865 the Gianduiotto was created, the chocolate symbol of the city of Turin. The magic ingredient is the Langhe hazelnut, a speciality of Piedmont, which is why the original recipe of Gianduiotto remains a one-of-a-kind of the Piedmont capital.
Today, Turin and Piedmont produce 40% of the total Italian chocolate, for about 85,000 tons of chocolate a year! The most appreciate chocolates are along with Gianduiotti, Nocciolati – huge chunks of chocolate full of hazelnuts – three-layered Cremino featuring coffee cream and gianduja as well as chocolate truffles (tartufi) and Cri Cri, which has a crisp white sugar coating and a soft chocolate inside.
When you visit Turin, you literally discover a whole chocolate heaven that you can live trough elegant historic cafes.
When you will be in Turin, I suggest you to try some of the best chocolate shops and cafes as: Peyrano, in Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, makes over 60 different types of chocolates; Baratti&Milano with its historical café in Piazza Castello, makes pralines and cremino chocolates; at Pfatisch’s historical headquarter, you can still see the old machinery used to work their chocolate in Via Sacchi.
Turin Chocolate tour – Don’t miss:
- A visit to The Gobino chocolate factory where this historical Turin family of chocolate makers has been producing its chocolate over the centuries.
- “Cioccolatò” the Turin Chocolate Festival at the end of November. This is a 10 day event where chocolate in all its possible and unimaginable forms, is the royal protagonist!
Turin Chocolate Tour -Did you know?
- In nearby Alba, Nutella was invented in 1946 by a pastry chef trying to create a chocolate cream for children. The mixture melted into a delicious cream… and the rest is history!
- Until 1826 chocolate was served and consumed exclusively as a liquid; it was the entrepreneur Paul Caffarel who stared the production of solid chocolate by mixing cocoa, water, sugar and vanilla.
- Some of the most talented master chocolatiers in Italy come from Turin and from Piedmont: I’m talking about Guido Gobino, Guido Castagna and Silvio Bessone. Try their chocolate and you will taste a piece of art!