Italians know Ciccolata
Sicily & December are a very sweet combination!
Choco Modica, Siciliy’s big chocolate festival, 5 to 8 of December, Demonstrations, workshops, tastings and more.
Chocolate arrived in Modica from South America via Spain in the 16th century. The method of making it has changed little since. Taste it, along with other local delicacies, at the city’s wood-paneled chocolate shop, run by the same family for six generations.
And actually the weather in Sicily can be quite nice in December. The crowds are long gone and you get the authentic Southern Italian experience of the Island. Also a good time to visit the Christmas Markets throughout Sicily.
The top 5 popular Italian chocolates
Ferrero was founded by Pietro Ferrero in Piedmont in 1942. Their first product was Pasta Gianduia, wrapped up in foil and made to cut and spread on bread. These days, Ferrero produces several treats, but in our opinion, the best remains Ferrero Rocher. These tasty morsels have crunchy chocolate with hazelnuts on the outside of a wafer with a chocolate and hazelnut filling, and all are wrapped in a gold paper. Ferrero Rocher is bought over the world along with other products from the company, Nutella.
Gianduiotto Caffarel, founded by Pietro Caffarel in Turin in 1826, uses local materials to produce high quality products for a world market using the traditional chocolate-making method. This company often offers different packaging for various occasions, such as a heart box for Valentine’s day, or a Christmas tree box during the holiday season. These fun gifts are filled with their main specialty, Gianduiotto, named after a mask used for Turin’s Carnival, Gian d’la duja. The chocolates are mix of hazelnuts of Piedmont, cacao beans and aromatic chocolate formed into a little boat or barchetta.
Ciccolata Venchi has produced in Turin since 1878 using the traditional method along with the same passion with which they started. Venchi has several Maestri della cioccolata, or Master Chocolatiers, who pride themselves in pure chocolate with no additional preservatives using cacao from South America and Africa, hazelnuts from Piedmont, pistachio, olive oil and almonds. Venchi’s shops include bars, pralines, slabs, liquids or products without gluten for sale.