Gianduia - Dark Hazelnut Chocolate

Gianduia - Dark Hazelnut Chocolate

Semi Sweet Dark Chocolate With Roasted Hazelnut Flavour

Combining 30% locally grown hazelnuts with cacao, we create a rich semi-sweet Gianduia bar.

Gianduia is a soft hazelnut chocolate, smooth and velvety due to the hazelnut oil lowering the melting temperature of the chocolate. The resulting experience is a silken mouth feel and lingering roasted hazelnut flavour.

The original Gianduia came from northern Italy. Legend tells us that cocoa supplies were limited during the Napoleonic Wars so a chocolate maker in the Piedmonte region added roasted hazelnuts to supplement the cocoa, and Gianduia was born.

Ingredients: Cacao, Hazelnuts (30%), Sugar, Organic Cocoa Butter.
Weight: 70g
Vegan – Gluten free – Soy free

Regular price $9.99

Unit price per 

GUAYAQUIL | ECUADOR

Our Ecuador cacao comes from Hacienda Victoria in Guayaquil, Ecuador. 

ARRIBA NACIONAL

The variety is Arriba Nacional a species whose natural home is in Ecuador where it is known as “Fine Flavour” cacao. Hacienda Victoria are experts in fermentation and have no less than 11 different fermentation protocols to choose from. We chose a protocol that gives the cocoa very low acidity and a mild fruitiness, focusing more on the cocoa flavour rather than fruitiness.  This makes it excellent for high percentage chocolate.

our feature ingredient | Hazelnuts

Our hazelnut are grown in our home town of Nelson, we choose the tastiest and sweetest varieties to use in our Gianduia. 

Hazelnut orchards usually have a collection of different varieties to offer, this is because a Hazelnut tree requires a different variety than itself to pollinate. The main variety cultivated in New Zealand is Whiteheart (mainly because it blanches well, is easy to remove the skin, and suited for cakes and biscuits), so there is usually more Whiteheart on offer than any other variety. However, we prefer one of the “pollinator” varieties (we wont reveal which one) which tends to be smaller in size and sweeter. It is harder to source the our favorite variety, but we think it really makes the difference in our chocolate, so well worth the search.

OUR PROCESS

From bean... to bar

Sort

We hand sort every batch to ensure only the best beans make it into our chocolate. We discard broken, mouldy and germinated beans, plus any other foreign matter which may have made it into the sack.

Roast

We roast batches of 10-15kg in our modified coffee roaster according to a roast profile we have developed for that particular bean. We roast to tame acidity, develop chocolate flavour, evaporate moisture and puff the husk away from the bean centre to allow easier winnowing.

Crush and Clasify

To successfully winnow (remove the husk) the bean needs to be broken apart and the pieces sorted into different fractions according to size. We do this in our home built classifying machine that vibrates the pieces through a series of sieves. 

Winnow

Winnowing is the process for separating the husk from the bean’s meat, which is known as Nib. We use a system we built ourselves where the broken beans are allowed to fall through an airstream going in the opposite direction, the light husk is pulled up the airstream to be removed while the heavier nib falls to the bottom.

Grind and Conch

The goal is to grind the nibs and sugar until we reach our desired texture and the cacao’s inherent acids left over from the fermentation have been released (conched), being careful not to over grind or over conch.

Age

Once the grinding/conching process is complete the chocolate is poured out into blocks, wrapped and stored for a minimum of 1 month. Ageing allows the remaining acidity in the chocolate to mellow, it is an important and unique step in our chocolate making.

Melt, Temper and Mould

The aged chocolate is re-melted and tempered. Tempering is a complicated process of heating and cooling where we force the chocolate to set in the correct crystal structure that will give the best shine, the loudest snap and longest shelf life. The tempered chocolate is deposited into each of our custom moulds.

Hand Wrap

Once taken from the moulds, each bar is sealed in a gold foil pouch, then enclosed in one of our beautiful colourful envelopes, all by hand.
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