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Desserts and Chocolate

Desserts and Chocolate

You'll want to top off your meal with a delicious dessert. Choose from bonet with chocolate and small macaroons to tiny bignole, from fresh cream cakes to nut cakes and chocolate gianduja, from zabaglione to hazelnut nougat. Really the choices are endless. And the taste? Heavenly.

If you think the desserts sound out of this world, I'll tell you about the chocolate. Torino is the birthplace of solid chocolate, that is, chocolate as we know it today. How? At the end of the 18th century, Doret invented a revolutionary machine that could make soild chocolate! Torino produces a typical chocolate called Gianduiotto after Gianduia, a local Commedia dell'arte mask. This is made from blending chocolate with toasted hazelnut flour. There are several other kinds of chocolate in a host of confectioneries all around the city. Every year, the town organizes cioccolato', a two week chocolate festival with the main piedmontese chocolate factories and producers and some international ones like Lindt & Sprungli. And don't forget about the refreshing pinguino ice cream or the famous bicerin, a drink of chocolate, coffee and cream.